While you can never go wrong with a classic canvas tote or a chic straw bag on a holiday beach trip, this resort season’s lineup of beach-ready bags is delightfully quirky. Designers are infusing playful touches into what we’ve come to see as a purely functional accessory to carry your warm weather sundries.
Colorful beading, whimsical shapes, and tropical fruit are just a few of the festive details designers have drawn inspiration from. So put your lackluster carry-alls in storage, you won’t be needing them this season.
Below, we’ve rounded up the cheekiest bags to tote along for a day at the pool or a night beneath the palm trees.
New York–based designer Susan Alexandra is drawn to personal style, and hers is all about not taking herself too seriously. She believes that you should always wear something that makes you smile, and that is precisely what her line of colorful, hand-beaded bags does. Toting around any of her bags decorated with beaded fruits and quirky patterns, you’ll inevitably spread holiday cheer wherever you go.
Skipping Girl is another line with a mission to add color and happiness to our travels. Designed in Australia, Skipping Girl’s eco-friendly totes are hand-woven by artisans in India using old fishing twine. With martinis, palm trees, pineapples, and hibiscus flowers among other tropical prints stitched on these bags, they’re the perfect accessory to put you in the vacation state of mind.
Jasmin Larian of Cult Gaia is best known for her line of bamboo and acrylic ark bags that have spread like wildfire on our Instagram feeds. This season, she added fun new shapes to her repertoire of resort bags. Our favorite is her humorous take on the basket bag, which she designed in the form of a pig that she calls “The Babe.”
Colombian designer Mercedes Salazar has somehow managed to design a line of tropical bird and fruit-shaped bags that are as cheeky as they are chic. They’ll have you wondering how you ever went on vacation without them.