The Best Designer-Style Beach Bags To Carry Everywhere

This trending summer tote is perfect for your summer vacation but also works well for the office, weekends, and everything in between.

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A beach bag can do much more than serve as an accessory for your trips to the shore. It can offer a practical carry-all for multiple scenarios, including a roomy work bag, thanks to long shoulder straps (usually a beach bag signature) and various compartments for essentials like your wallet, phone, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sun hats. Their crush-resistant structure and functional design meant to ward off sand and water means they're just as practical for other unforeseen circumstances—like dirt, spillage, and downpours.

The Spring 2024 handbag trends were big on woven, raffia, wicker, and straw fabrics—from Fendi to Loewe—but designer and contemporary options are ready to encapsulate the summer spirit. Grab them for picnics in the park and backyard gatherings, and keep them handy for trips to your local farmers' market.

While contemporary brands like DeMellier, Little Liffner, and Dragon Diffusion have long championed woven designs, the ease of a classic canvas bag from designers like L.L. Bean (famous for their Boat and Tote), Marc Jacobs, and Clare V. continues to persevere.

Ahead, discover the best everyday beach bags and totes that balance function and style with picks from styling duo Danielle and Alix, who spend their summers on the coastlines, and fashion content creator Nana Yaa Ansah, who relies on her extensive beach bag collection—for the beach and otherwise— throughout the warm weather season.

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Meet the Fashion Experts

Danielle and Alix
Danielle and Alix

Celebrity styling duo Danielle and Alix specialize in styling red carpet and special events, street style looks, editorial shoots, and brand campaigns. They're based in Los Angeles and New York.

Nana Yaa Ansah
Nana Yaa Ansah

Nana Yaa Ansah is a first-generation Ghanaian-American fashion and lifestyle content creator who helps her followers to elevate their personal style.

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.