Here’s your guide to the bags for the beach this year. Rest those feet and get them flip flop ready (or thongs if you are reading this Down Under!) and find where to buy the bags that you’ll want to keep and use again and again. There are bargain and bust options to suit all budgets, though all are worthy of a weekend in St Tropez or a fortnight in Cabo in Mexico!
But the way to navigate the 20 beach bag options below is whether you like your day bag to fit in everything, including the towel or you are happy strolling with the towel rolled up, casually placed under the arm and just need a bag to hold your lotion, reading material and phone.
Before we dive in, here’s a quick recap of some of the trends for this summer; pastels, embellishments, primary colours and clear vinyl. You’ll find them represented in this beach collection. For those not interested in trends, you will find below an eye catching collection of bags that would love to hang out on the breezy beaches of Ibiza, vibrant Ipanema in Brazil and Noosa with its 50 shades of blue, on the east coast of Australia.
So take a load off, raise those freshly pedicured feet and get ready to peruse both designer and high street options. Remember beach bags can be completely neutral as your maxi dress, sliders or swimwear shorts combo may well be delivering the colour pop for the day.
Are you sitting comfortably? If so, make your verdict on the beach bag options for Summer 2018!
The bags that can handle the towel!
& Other Stories Woven Straw Bag £49. Rocking the frill embellishment!
Bao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Pink Tote Bag £585 at Harvey Nichols. Pretty in pink pastel!
Chadwick Medium Tote Bag from Ralph Lauren £99 at House of Fraser. Go neutral!
Mango Striped Shopper Bag £19.99.. Unisex and also available in pastel blue.
Kate Spade New York Straw Bee Bag £268 at John Lewis. Say hello to the slogan!
Bimba y Lola Vertical Plaited Shopper Bag at £108. It’s in the sale. Bag it before it goes!
Paul Smith Swirl Tote Bag (large) £575 at House of Fraser. Nothing to say but it’s a classic.
Marks and Spencer Shopper Bag in watermelon £15. It’s also in taupe, black, lime green.
Mango Braided Shopper Bag £19.99. Comes in a primary colour mix too.
Balenciaga Stripe Panier Tote Bag at Browns £795. Summer and stripes go hand in hand.
AND now to the towel free zone!
Mango Net Bag £12.99. The only time when a bag should have holes in it!
Loeffler Randall Striped Pompom Rafia Tote Bag £390 at Harvey Nichols. Party!
Nine by Savannah Miller, Natural Straw Circular Tote Bag £30 at Debenhams. Bargain!
Mango Beads Bucket Bag at £49.99. Red alert, here comes the primary colour pop!
Kate Spade New York Straw Grab Bag £358 at John Lewis. For those who need structure.
Lulu Guinness Lola Lip Tote Bag £95 at John Lewis. Pucker up, rest your bag on its lips!
Zara Vinyl Tote Bag £29.99. It’s all clear now – well nearly. Stripes to hide your bits!
Helen Kaminski Bilbao Raffia Tote Bag £335 at Harvey Nichols. Understated and elegant.
Mango Texture Bicolour Bag £19.99. Black and white with its monochromatic mode.
And last but by no means least! For those who love the hands free mode, introducing the woven Zara Backpack with Small Round Studs £39.99.
What do you think? Is there a beach bag in there that has caught your eye? Let me know in the comments or share a bag that you’ve spotted yourself.
Or are you still undecided. If so, look no further for more inspiration – see the beach bags I spotted recently on Instagram.
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Photo credit. Thanks to Pete Bellis on Unsplash.