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Beach bags, just like sunglasses, are a summer necessity. That means that while looks are important, performance can be an even more vital factor. A good beach tote needs to be roomy enough to fit all of your beach essentials (while there's certainly a time and place for those small, circular woven basket bags we're seeing all over Instagram) and sturdy enough to be able to withstand some sun, sand, and salty water. Bonus points if it’s water-proof––those are really great for the pool because of all the splashes.
Now, let’s talk looks. There is a reason why straw bags have been a go-to option recently, season after season. They are the quintessential summer accessory, thanks to their casual beachy vibe. You really can’t go wrong with a structured tote crafted from raffia. Plus, in most cases, they are so chic you can also carry them to a nice brunch before a day at the beach. For a nice personal touch, have yours embroidered with your initials or a witty phrase.
This season, fashion also threw tie-dye into the spotlight, so we definitely have our eyes on bags that sport this throwback trend. A tote with a slouchy silhouette in a vibrant tie-dye pattern is perfect for free-spirited travelers.
Check out our nominees for most stylish beach tote of the summer and pick your winners.
Madewell Someware Riviera Crochet Tote Bag
Start your vacation packing list with this roomy two-tone tote, handmade in Colombia.
To buy: $150, madewell.com
Vilebrequin Watercolor Turtles Large Beach Bag
The quick drying neoprene construction of this bag makes it perfect for the beach or pool. And we love the colorful watercolor turtle print––a classic for the brand.
To buy: $230, vilebrequin.com
Nannacay Carina Raffia Bag
This Peruvian-made raffia bag sports a slim silhouette and chic rectangular cutout handles.
To buy: $190, modaoperandi.com
Sensi Studio Woven Straw Tote
This colorful basket-style straw tote will not only fit all your beach essentials but it will also brighten up your look and add some color to your outfit.
To buy: $145, modaoperandi.com
Poolside The Nines Embroidered Straw Tote
The embroidery on this cute straw bag says it all––just pack a towel and sunscreen and follow the message.
To buy: $165, modaoperandi.com
Nannacay Bianca Tasseled Striped Crocheted Cotton-Blend Tote
Flaunt this beautiful boho-inspired bag both on and off the beach. It's handmade by artisans and each bag is one-of-a-kind. We love the top handle design and playful tassels.
To buy: $165, net-a-porter.com
Mark & Graham Family Beach Bag
A chic bag big enough to fit a day’s worth of beach essentials for the whole family? Perfect. This Mark & Graham raffia basket can also be monogrammed with up to three letters for a personalized look.
To buy: $120, markandgraham.com
Mar Y Sol Cyprus Tote
This classic beach tote features pompoms, leather handles, and a flat bottom for added stability. It has plenty of room for all of your beach essentials (with some to spare).
To buy: $98, shopbop.com
Pamela Munson Greek Key Canvas Tote
Greece-inspired embroidery makes this beach tote a summer must-have, especially if you’re headed to the Hellenic Republic this season.
To buy: $225, shopbop.com
Loeffler Randall Marlena Pieced Tote Bag
Loeffler Randall puts a stylish twist on the PVC trend and the result is this gorgeous semi-transparent bag with leather trim.
To buy: $295, shopbop.com
Sundry Tie Dye Tote
This is the ultimate travel-friendly bag––roomy, lightweight, and packable. And the beautiful tie dye print is so in right now.
To buy: $90, shopbop.com