When it comes to accessories, aside from shoes, it’s probably no surprises that bags hit the top of our list. A bag is not only the perfect style piece to complete an outfit but also obviously has a practical purpose to help you carry your daily essentials around town. One of the biggest trends this summer for handbags is no doubt the beach inspired look. From big straw totes to architecturally influenced bamboo clutches, these tropical vibe bags are being seen everywhere from top vacation destinations to summer patio hotspots. Shop some gorgeous beach inspired bags with our top picks below!
A favourite of style bloggers and influencers is this architecturally stunning bamboo cage handheld clutch. It’s the perfect bag to take along with you for patio drinks with friends or a date night out around town. It’s also the perfect bag to keep in your arsenal for your next tropical vacation! You might want to put your smaller items like bobby pins and lip liners in a small pouch before throwing them in here though because of its open design. Shop this item now: Caged Handheld Clutch, $54, available at Urban Outfitters
Sun Day Tote
Probably the tote of all straw totes has to be this one here from the Gap. Its handles are the perfect length to throw over your shoulder while still being short enough to be handheld without touching the ground. It’s the perfect bag for everything from weekday work commutes to weekend errands and of course sun-filled beach days. The only downfall with this bag is it does not have any means for closing, so it’s one of those totes you’ll need pouches and smaller clutches to secure items. This bag is on sale right now and also comes in light natural colour so you don’t want to miss out. Shop this item now: Gap Large Straw Tote, on sale from $40.
If you’re into more classic style when it comes to handbags but still want to be on trend this summer, this small crossbody bag is a perfect choice. It has a lined interior and gold metal clasp closure making it perfect for an on-the-go day. The dainty chain strap gives it a classic and chic look, so you can take this a great choice for wedding outfits or casual weekend street looks. Shop this item now: Zara Raffia Minaudiere Bag, $50
Longer days means more time away from home which is why totes always seem to be the bag of the summer. This bright red straw tote is such an eye catcher and a great addition to any collection, especially for those of us who tend to gravitate towards neutrally toned handbags. It’s a bit thinner of a tote so although it’s larger don’t expect to be able to pack it too much but it’s a great bag for carrying magazines, laptops, and smaller summer items. Shop this item now: Topshop Brightly Straw Tote Bag, $45 available at Hudson’s Bay
The It Bag
Did you think we were going to have a beach-inspired bag list and not include the It Bag of the summer? Another summer style taking Instagram by storm are round straw bags like this one here from J Crew. The simple style makes it a great bag to use for summers to come, and of course store away for your next beach destination. This edgy black alternative to neutral coloured straw makes this a great bag for not only day but night as well! Shop this item now: J Crew Circle Straw Crossbody Bag, $168
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- Caged Handheld Clutch, $54, available at UrbanOutfitters.com
- Gap Large Straw Tote, on sale from $40
- Zara Raffia Minaudiere Bag, $50
- Topshop Brightly Straw Tote Bag, $45 available at Hudson’s Bay
- J Crew Circle Straw Crossbody Bag, $168
By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON (@TheMJElle)
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