Effortless summer shopping chic – top 5 bags from the high street

Have you ever seen that effortless summer shopping look?  You know the look, flat strappy sandals, long floaty dress, hair up or down but with a panama hat to finish the look.  It works when buying fresh fruit and veg on holiday in Spain, perusing a French flea market or closer to home, wandering down Portobello Road in west London.

Well, the bag to accompany this style can be found on many high streets or their virtual counterparts, online.   I’ve trawled and found 5 best bag buys.  You can roll them up and pack in your suitcase for use on the hols or carry as hand luggage (if the suitcase if jammed already).

Here are the top 5 tote bags to look effortlessly cool when you are shopping on a hot day

From Asos.  Surprisingly I found a bag on asos.com that is high on function and style (usually you get one of these elements, but rarely both).  This bamboo handle shopper is £30.00, colourful and fully lined.  Bargain!

Effortless summer shopping bags - the high street haul

2  From Mara Hoffman, discovered at The Outnet.com, this striped crocheted tote bag is 50% off, once £205 is now £102 – kerching!  Fab mix of this summer’s colours and fully lined too.

Effortless summer shopping style - high street haul

3  From Mango, the ever popular round shopper bag.  This natural, off white bag will go with any colour outfit, a statement shape as well as a good size to transport your haul.  Find it for £35.99.

Effortless summer shopping chic - high street haul

From Zara this long handled shopper is two tone with yellow braided into the design (both handles and body) to lift the natural straw look.  Available for £29.99..

Effortless summer shopping chic - high street haul

From House of Fraser, we find the bag to finish off those monochromatic looks.  Long handles for the shoulder carrying, this is an ideal woven tote to pair with white linen.  £30.00


Effortless summer shopping chic - high street haul

These five bags are the best buys for the lightweight woven summer shopper or tote bag.  All five can be found easily online or on a nearby high street and four out of the five are under £40!  And if you’re looking for added value, any of these bags would rock as your beach bag.

Here’s to chic summer days shopping or on the beach!   But if you’re in need of more inspiration for summer days this year check out



Photo credit: Thanks to Julie on Unsplash.

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