July 24, 2014 - Comments Off on Five Tote Bags to Show Off at the Beach
When packing for a recent beach trip with my mom and sister, I realized I was missing an essential accessory—a cute and durable tote bag large enough to hold sunscreen, towel, snacks, and sunnies (not to mention mask & snorkel!) So we set off on a search for the perfect bag to carry around everything needed for a day trip to the beach—or even an impromptu picnic. We were pleased to discover there was no need to sacrifice style for function, and wanted to share our findings. Check out five of our tote picks for those days where you just need a good book and sunscreen on-hand.
The rope handles on this tote from Need Supply scream lazy beach days. You can forget the hassle of dragging along a beach towel, thanks to the mat—which comes with the tote—and its intuitive strap storage (with a charming bow in the middle!). For a function-friendly twist on a canvas classic, it doesn't get much better than this. Get your hands on your own tote here.
The graphic design on this Deszo carryall is about as far away from the kitschy illustrated beach scenes you're more likely to see spotting the sand. We love this photo-inspired print—it's just abstract enough to pull in a few appreciative double-takes and give you a touch of the beach no matter where you are. The tote itself is a classic canvas construction, complemented with bold orange piping for the perfect amount of pop. Buy it on Intermix here.
If classic, single-hued totes aren't necessarily your thing, take your inspiration from another tried-and-true pattern: denim. The Lapis Beach Tote from Shabd—which is hand-dyed and made in Brooklyn—is sure to stand out among the swimsuit-clad crowd. You can buy it on Zady.
You can't go wrong with French stripes. This tote fits in just as well accompanying you on a farmer's market stroll as it does taking in the sound of the waves ocean-side. The stain-resistant canvas of the Sailor Charcoal Beach Tote from Unison makes it a no-brainer for your next sandy excursion. Check it out online.
Trips to the beach can come with a lot of unexpected take-homes: sunburn, delightfully tousled hair, and lots of sand. Thankfully, you won't have to deal with the latter when it comes to your beach bag. This Natural Raffia Tote from Terrain comes ready to combat any grainy tag-alongs with a drawstring cotton lining. Each tote is made by a fair-trade collective of women designers in Madagascar. Buy it here.