The most coveted of bags has been repurposed for the beach, with Stella McCartney, The Row and Valentino getting thoroughly carried away. Tote bags are practical, capable of holding all of your sunshine necessities (shades, summer reads, lotions, phones), and the perfect complement to an elegant kaftan, making them ideal for poolside lounging or al fresco lunching. Vacation ready? Tote-ally.
It makes sense to begin where the beach bag itself began: the basket. This time-honored style has been reinvented and elevated by brands such as Prada, Muun and Loewe, making these designs investment-worthy pieces. What’s so special about this new selection? They’re so chic they can be carried in the city, too – team with a midi skirt and a pair of espadrilles and head to brunch.
Feeling playful? Make a statement with a beaded bag. From ’70s vibes by Cult Gaia and Vanina to architectural experimentation by Rosantica, your options are almost endless. Roll with the retro mood and pair with a tie-dye tee or a crocheted kaftan, or go subtle with a black swimsuit, letting the bag take center stage.
Is there any better vacation inspiration than a bucket and spade? Cut the spade and upgrade to Hereu’s woven leather bucket bag or Gucci’s wicker version. Kaftans, short shorts and playful sunnies will complement this seaside shape perfectly.