Summer’s the time to put away your leather handbag and switch to something fun and durable – and big enough for your towel and beach paraphernalia. We’re talking tote bags.
Whether you’re embracing a retro ’70s look or just need something simple that can withstand your trips to the beach or pool, we’ve rounded up some great options.
While you can always use that gift-with-purchase canvas bag you got earlier this year, there are some really lovely options if you’re after something a bit more eye-catching. The neutral brown hue of the Sporty & Rich tote can work as a gym bag when winter hits. Sir’s Ambroise pattern has been a huge hit in [its recent collection; the tote bag version is a great way to spice up your neutral wardrobe. If you’re after more of a classic beach tote, Business & Pleasure has a great, durable version in cute vintage patterns. On the more bohemian side, Auguste has a lovely tote that comes in a floral pattern and leopard print, and Basil Bangs’s paisley print Delfina is another great choice. More of a minimalist? This Thrills tote is plain canvas, but features nifty additions such external pockets. And this Clo Studios tote is a little more colourful, with pastel stripes.
Straw bags and basket bags conjure up images of market trips, with fresh produce and flowers peeking out as you sling your goods over your shoulder. They’re a little more fragile than canvas totes, but treat yours right and it’ll be your cutest accessory for summer. This Seed Heritage option is a true keep-forever classic, as is the St Agni Hennie market bag (although, with its leather accents, it’s definitely one to look after). You probably wouldn’t think to shop beach bags at Adairs, but its Home Republic Jute bag is stylish and good value. Rhythm’s Melrose bag is a colourful rainbow of pastel raffia, while the Beby Bag Cuir from Sans Arcidet is a great neutral choice. For those with a flair for the dramatic, this Helen Kaminski Tri bag is sure to turn heads.
Woven and macramé
Woven beach bags are straight out of the ’70s – just make sure you pack the little stuff away safely, or you’ll lose your lip balm and keys through the macrame holes. We love this Beach People option, which comes in white, khaki, rust and natural. A cheap but chic option is this Asos shopper. This Maison Bengal bag is a little on the smaller side, but looks great at brunch or at the beach with its bamboo handles. If you want something bigger, this Helen Kaminski Carillo sac is great (the long strap makes it super comfy to lug around). For those who want to use their beach tote as a day bag as well, this Country Road option has a solid base, so you won’t have everyone spying on all your stuff, and the weave on this Arnhem tote is thick enough to keep your bits and pieces from falling out.