When once you gave little thought to the bag you took to the beach, opting for an inoffensive canvas style, that has all changed. The beach is now the latest place to sport a gorgeous bag, the perfect accessory to your kaftan and fedora, “I feel a nice beach bag really finishes off an outfit, just like in the city where you wouldn’t complete your look without a bag. I usually go from the beach to drinks and tapas so I want something that looks good but is also practical.’ says Emma Thatcher, Stylist and co-founder of fashion and lifestyle blog A Style Album.
There’s a variety of styles available from trusty totes, straw shoppers and beautiful baskets. Our one rule? They all have to be roomy enough for all those beach necessities including those inevitable items which a family member always asks to ‘pop in your bag’. Shop our edit below:
Oriella Straw Circle Bag –
This bag ticks all the right boxes, not only is it large enough for all your beach essentials but the shape is different and stylish. The added extra of a long strap also make for easy carrying on the shoulder – something that is often not seen on straw bags but so welcome when lugging a bag in the heat.
South Beach Rose Gold Siesta Beach Bag –
Perhaps not as stylish as the highly coveted straw basket but not to be overlooked as sometimes, practicality is more important. This sturdy, canvas option will carry everything nicely from room to pool whilst the gold lettering adds a nice touch.
Rae Feather Monogram Basket –
If you want the beach basket to end all beach baskets, head to Rae Feather. From fun brightly coloured pom pom designs to tassle details, you can go for as simple or as quirky as you like. This cult style comes in 3 sizes, and every bag can be monogrammed with your initials, or whatever you choose, adding a personal touch. Too good to squish in your suitcase, use this as hand luggage on the plane (tucking a clutch inside for travel essentials). Not just for the beach, this basket looks just as good as a weekend shopper in British summer time as on a sunny holiday – a real treat that’s guaranteed to make you smile every time you bring it out of storage.
Hush Cannes bag –
This woven bag embellished with stylish stars is fully lined and even has a zip up pocket – handy for keeping cash and phones safe. The leather strap means it will sit comfortably on the shoulder whilst the contrast between silver and neutral straw will look especially chic against a white beach dress.
Accessorize Tote Bag –
Whilst basket bag styles look great there’s no denying they aren’t so practical to pack. When on a short flight, using it as carry on is the best and easiest option but for longer haul that just won’t do. This is where Accessorize tote bag comes in, woven with a beachy jute and metallic threads it has the straw woven effect in a tote bag style. It’s also fully lined and has a zip closure (two elements not found with the basket style). Stylish, practical and packable. Who knew you’d get all three for £25?