Beaded bags are this season's most playful way to update your accessories

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If you’ve noticed sparkly, beaded bags taking over your social media feed recently, you’re not alone. This handcrafted trend has taken the fashion world by storm with celebs and influencers alike sporting colourful handbags made from all kinds of beaded materials.

Pearls, metallic, plastic and wooden beads are just some of the styles I’ve seen online recently, as well as versions in every shade of the rainbow. It’s a playful and nostalgic trend that’s definitely not the most practical, but it may just be the most fun.

Artist and jewelry designer Susan Alexandra may be credited with reviving interest in the handmade designs, but many of us will remember making similar keychains and beaded jewelry throughout childhood. My favourite part of this trend taking the fashion world by storm is how these bags embrace the playful attitude of arts and crafts and become a form of wearable art.

It’s easy to find options at every price point, and some of my favourite colourful bags can be found for under $50. Take a look at the selection of beaded bags below and let us know your thoughts on this youthful trend!

Susan Alexandra Merry Bag

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Made by hand in Manhattan, these stylish bags also give back by employing disadvantaged women in underserved communities. It has a colourful tote design that you can look and feel good in.

SHOP IT: Shopbop, $475

Cult Gaia Brown Cora Bamboo Wood Clutch

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Made from wooden rather than plastic beads, this mini clutch has a natural look and feel for a bohemian vibe. It has a cotton lining to keep your valuables hidden and a large sculptural handle that’s easy to hold onto.

SHOP IT: Farfetch, $280

Topshop Sami String Tote

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If you’d rather have beads be an accent on your bag, this macrame style from Topshop may be just the thing. It has a few strategically placed beads for a little extra embellishment that doesn’t go overboard on this trend.

SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $40

H&M Beaded Handbag

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This ladylike purse has an all-over pearl design that makes it the perfect piece for any special event. From date nights to wedding season, it’s a versatile pick that can dress up even the most casual outfit.

SHOP IT: H&M, $40

Olivia Beaded Mini Handbag

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Bring this dreamy pastel handbag along for all your summer adventures, since it’s big enough to hold onto your wallet, phone and any small essentials.

SHOP IT: Urban Outfitters, $49

Mango Beaded Wood Bag

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The round design of this purse is an eye-catching and stylish update to your handbag collection, and its included drawstring bag makes it easy to keep your belongings in place throughout the day.

SHOP IT: Mango, $50 (originally $100)

ASOS DESIGN Beaded Boxy Clutch Bag with Removable Contrast Pouch

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This cute purse offers three looks in one, since it comes with an interior purple clutch as well as the clear beaded bag. Wear the clutch on its own or keep it inside the beaded purse to secure your valuables.

SHOP IT: ASOS, $47 (originally $94)

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