Beach boys…and girls. Unisex bags for summer.

This weekend lots of us Brits are no longer dreaming of a beach holiday but booking flights – albeit the list of countries we can travel to is limited, a beach in Portugal is calling. So to save everyone time whilst they are busy finding flights and accommodation, here’s a rundown of the 5 beach bags that would look good on anyone’s arm.

Ciao Coccinelle!

Love this brand for a gem of bag that comes along every couple of years. This year and season say hello to the Neverwithout bag. A nearly square shape tote bag; a mix of straw look fabric and leather handles and tag. This bag has the structure and shape of a shopper but would look right at home on the beach. There’s a fabric pattern for every personality courtesy of the Italian brand Coccinelle. Prices start just below £200.

Beach bags for everyone this SS'21
Neverwithout tote bag

Oi Oliver!

A classic net or string shopper bag works well to transport a towel, book, bottle of water and sunscreen. And this season the see-through bag is back in various forms, spotted on many runways from Prada to Longchamp. Oliver Bonas here in the UK (offering online orders) has the Niki Net Fabric Shopper bag in 3 colour options. Sage green makes this list here, however, the ombre net fabric shopper bag has been featured before. Price £8! (Yep not a typo).

Niki Net Fabric Shopper bag

Nice one Nanna!

When you’re unable to travel light, you know what it’s like when you’ve got a few smaller friends accompanying you to the beach, there’s no need to compromise on quality or design. Thanks to a social fashion project from South America, origins in Brazil, the brand Nannacay brings such joy when it comes to bags for the summer. Here’s the Açai bag with top handles and shoulder strap. Price $535.

Acai bag

Kick it Kate!

Are you someone who hates the feel of straw or a woven bag just isn’t your thing, well may I introduce you to the dipped industrial canvas coal bag from Kate Spade? It’s one of the brand’s signature designs in industrial weight canvas so this bag will be around for seasons to come (giving a great cost per wear down the line). This natural and orange colour blocking exudes a summer vibe. Price £208.

Dipped industrial canvas coal bag

Naturally Natasha…

For those of you who need to travel with both hands at the ready, here’s a summer take on a backpack that would look a natural part of your beach scene. Found on, currently with 50% off, this woven straw backpack has been designed by Natasha Zinko and would work just as well if it was carrying a picnic for a day at the beach. Price £588.

Beach bags for summer 2021
Woven straw backpack

Now equal sharing of carrying the beach bag is easy; no ‘other half’ saying I can’t be seen carrying that! These five beauties are on trend and stylish enough to match any type of summer day out wardrobe!

For a full run down of the fashion and bag trends for SS’21 have a peruse of the following

  1. Virtual goes live at the SS’21 fashion shows
  2. The fashion trends for SS’21
  3. Armchair guide to women’s fashion trends of 2021
  4. Men’s fashion and bag styles for SS’21

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Header photo credit: Kindel Media from Pexels.

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