The hottest beach bags to get you holiday ready

Meet the best beach bags to brighten up your holiday wardrobe...

Whether you’re day tripping to Camber Sands or soaking in the rays on a stretch of Ibiza sand, a trusty chic beach bag is a must for any seaside retreat. You’ll need something to chuck your holiday wardrobe essentials in and there’s lots of stylish options at the moment that’ll keep you looking cute – and out of bag lady territory.

The natural texture trend is still going strong and you’ll see both the high street and luxury brands joining in the fun, with raffia, straw and bamboo totes and basket bags galore. The raffia and leather Loewe tote is undeniably the bag of the season – if you can get your hands on it – and we’ve been oohing and ahhing over French Connection and Sophie Anderson’s beach bags with pom poms. While Cult Gaia’s Ark will always be a favourite, we’re really feeling their new Stella style which is the statement tote beach bag to end all totes.

We’re still getting meshy with it and found a couple of mesh beach bag favourites in Mango and a £1 shopper bag from Amazon (yes, you read that right). For more practical gals, we’ve also rounded up beach bags with zippers courtesy of Kipling and waterproof beach bags from Cath Kidston and Pesaro.

Those with a tendency to overpack will be totally sorted with one of the larger beach bags on the list from Joules, madebywave and Monki, while the Instagram-conscious will fall in love with statement bags from Sumatra and ASOS Design. Sure they might not hold as much, but they’re cute as heck.

Looking for more summer fashion trend inspiration? Check out our other edits of the best sunglasses, summer sandals and high waist bikinis to get your sartorial juices flowing…

Beach Bags with Zipper

best beach bags

Kipling Art Lightweight Tote Bag

Kipling’s back with a retro line and we’re feeling this all white tote, which comes with a handy zipper to keep all your bits and pieces secure. It’s big enough to hold all your beachside essentials and super light to boot, which makes a huge difference when you’ve got your sunnies, towel, book, wallet, keys and other things to lug around…

Priced at £84, available at Kipling

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Large Beach Bag

best beach bags

Joules Women’s Summer Beach Bag

It doesn’t get more beachy than this. This bag will carry everything you need and more, plus there’s a zip pocket to keep your cash and other key items safe. We’re mad about all the details: the nautical stripes, decking rope handles and the contrast blue embroidery are sure to put you in a sunny state of mind.

Priced at £14, available at

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Basket Bags

best beach bags

Alani Palm Leaf Basket Bag

This may just take contender for one of our favourite basket bags ever. This beach bag with pom poms is a real fashionable find, plus it’s currently on sale which helps.

Priced at £52, available at French Connection,

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Beach Bag Tote

best beach bags

The Basket Room Halima Sisal Yarn Tote Bag

This ultra colourful bag will jazz up any sundress or cover up and we love that it’s super roomy to boot. If you tend to overpack, the leather handle is a total lifesaver and sturdy enough to carry whatever you throw at it.

Priced at £60, available at Urban Outfitters

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Designer Beach Bags

best beach bags

Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza Sand Raffia Tote

This silhouette is the most in-demand bag of the season and while the super popular brown leather version is sold out everywhere, we found this black colour way kicking about on Harvey Nichols. Better swoop in quick as they’re going like hotcakes.

Priced at £245, available at Harvey Nichols

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Whatever your style, you’re sure to find something you adore. Shop the Marie Claire edit of the best beach bags available to buy right now…


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