A Guide To The Beach Bags You’ll Be Carrying Poolside Come Summer

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While we officially farewell the colder months and welcome the warm, colourful air of spring, it’s come about that time of year we start packing away our sweat sets, in favour of more breezy linens and flowing dresses (okay, maybe not juuuuuust yet, but close enough).

While some of us are brave enough to start making the daily trip to the beach or pool – even if the air is still just a little brisk – we need to start considering the inevitable decision on what will be our unsung hero of summer. In other words, the beach bag. For without it, how could we possibly carry the essentials – think, a beach towel, SPF, a water bottle and your next summer must-read – to and fro every day for weeks on end?

That’s where we come in, searching far and wide to find out exactly what beach bags are going to go the distance. Below, the beach bag trends we’ll all be taking beachside this summer. 

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The Statement Bag

While we’ll be the first to admit, they’re not the most practical when it comes to beachside accessories (I mean, where are you even meant to put your SPF?), this particular trend makes a serious statement when headed poolside for cocktails with friends. Plus, these types of smaller totes aren’t limited to just beach attire, so you’ll no doubt get wear out of them throughout the year. 

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Cult Gaia Fan Ark, $595;

Inès Bressand N.8 Bucket Bag

Inès Bressand N.8 Bucket Bag, $566;


Yuzefi Basket Fringed Tote, $592.67;

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Dior Mini Book Tote,

The Carry-All

As the name suggests, the carry-all is the most practical of the beach bag varieties. Big in space – and style – they’re perfect for day trips that have you schlepping everything and anything to and from the seaside. Plus, they also make for a stylish weekender when the opportunity arises. 


Zimmermann Woven Raffia Tote, $395;

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Saint Laurent Noe Leather-Trimmed Canvas Tote, $1,710;


Brie Leon Rafia Beach Bag, $159;


Chanel Shopping Bag, $3,000;

The Woven Tote

A summer staple year-on-year, the woven basket bag can’t be missed when looking for that chic, summer accessory. Plus, with so many variations on offer, that come in pops of colour thanks to Loewe and Jacquemus, you’re imagination can run wild with updates on the always classic piece. 


Loewe Basket Bag, $770;

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Muuñ Bony Basket Bag, $315;

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Jacquemus Le Panier Soleil, $630;

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Sans Arcidet Paris George Bag, $180;

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