he sun, hot and high overhead, a cooling breeze gently tumbling by, and the soothing sound of crystal-clear waves lapping against hot, white sand: there’s nothing like a beach day spent languishing in the heat of high summer, getting stuck into the latest hit novel as you sip away on ice cold cocktails, hand delivered from the beach bar.
You’ve already got the swimsuit, shades and sandals, and the ever-essential SPF has been well taken care of, but whether you’ve planned for a low-key afternoon of rest and relaxation, or a drawn out day of drinking and dancing, you’ll be in need of a great beach bag. From classic raffia styles Jane Birkin would be proud of, to contemporary takes on the traditional tote, here’s our pick of the best bags to take you from beach to bar and beyond.
Anya Hindmarch Neeson tote bag
The best-selling Neeson bag by off-beat accessories brand Anya Hindmarch has been refreshed for 2022 with a two tone weave and boxy silhouette. Intricately hand woven from glossy capra leather, this luxuriously lightweight tote is spacious enough to hold all of your beach day essentials without weighing you down.
Anya Hindmarch Neeson woven leather tote bag, £995, libertylondon.com
Folklore Cella bag
Folklore looked to iconic mid-century modern rattan furniture as inspiration for its Cella beach bag. Accented with leather piping in an on-trend neon green, whether you’re sunning in Cannes or Cowes, this capacious bag will be a close companion as you bounce from beach to bar.
Folklore large Cella bag in neon green leather and chair, £457.39, folklorethelabel.com
Loewe x Paula's Ibiza Flamenco bag
Loewe’s must-have Flamenco bag has been reimagined in raffia for the label’s ongoing collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza. Finished with a detachable strap in smooth leather for hands-free carrying, the deceptively large drawstring design has been made over in bold black stripes for a summertime spin on the cult classic.
Loewe x Paula's Ibiza striped Flamenco raffia clutch, £1,350, harveynichols.com
Mehry Mu Terra tote bag
Evoking journeys taken off the beaten track, Mehry Mu’s hand woven Terra bag in two-tone raffia features a removable leather strap for easy handheld toting. Epitomising timeless beach-ready style, we’ll be reaching for ours for summers to come.
Mehry Mu two-tone Terra raffia tote bag, £475, koibird.com
Melissa Odabash Cap Ferrat bag
Ideal for long, lazy days spent sunning with a good book as you sink a few daiquiris, Melissa Odabash’s Cap Ferrat bag puts an understated spin on seaside style. Crafted from cream canvas with a soft fringe trim, this easy going tote is guaranteed to become a year-round staple.
Melissa Odabash Cap Ferrat canvas tote bag, £199, beachcafe.com
Paco Rabanne Endless Sunset tote
Released as part of the house’s Endless Sunset collection, Paco Rabanne’s playfully printed tote revisits the influence of the inimitable Jane Birkin on the house throughout the 1970s. Evoking long, balmy evenings spent listening to reggae music and the kitschy cool of a 1950s Hawaiian vacation, this boxy beach bag brings that out-of-office feeling no matter where you are.
Paco Rabanne printed Endless Sunset cotton-canvas tote bag, £594, net-a-porter.com
Saint Laurent Rive Gauche tote
Designed in homage to the label’s beginnings on the artsy Left Bank of Paris’s River Seine, Saint Laurent’s woven Rive Gauche bag makes a stylish addition to any outfit, whether you’re beach bound or not. Finished with rolled leather top handles this larger-than-life tote exudes the laid-back, too-cool-for-school Parisienne chic at which the label excels.
Saint Laurent Rive Gauche raffia tote, £1,860, mytheresa.com
Yuzefi Basket bag
Yuzefi breaks all the rules for what a beach bag should be with its contemporary take on a basket bag. Woven in strong yet supple leather with playful fringe detailing, in an array of delicious shades including soft lavender, baby blue and petal pink, this stand-out spin on a classic style will turn heads from Sardinia to Somerset.
Yuzefi woven leather Basket bag, £433, farfetch.com