Stylish Summer Totes | Luxe and Luxe for Less
Beach totes are having a moment and I’m loving these beautiful beach totes in neutral tones for Summer. The bigger the better for carrying our lives around everyday. They’re the most practical bag trend of 2021. As much as I love tiny structured bags, they’re impractical for everyday or the beach. I’ve rounded up the best Summer tote bags for all tastes and budgets, including designer tote bags, canvas, straw, woven and leather tote bags. I tried to include totes that were both appropriate for everyday and also ones for the beach that aren’t as expensive or obviously logoed.
Totes aren’t something that ever go out of style and always get so much use. One tip I learned this year was that it doesn’t matter how big the bag, still don’t overload them. As this can stretch the bag and the handles and they won’t last as long.
These diverse summer totes and beach totes range from simple to statement, designer tote bags to luxe for less. I found a super cute woven tote to include for $26 all the way up to the 2 most coveted designer tote bags of the year: The Fendi Sunshine Shopper and the Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. Woven summer totes are the perfect warm-weather accessory and a summer essential.
Beach Tote & Summer Tote Bags
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- Marc Jacobs: The Large Tote Bag $195.00 comes in lots of different colors.
- Mark & Graham large Palm Leaf Tote $89. This tote bag is one of their best sellers and I can see why. This roomy summer tote bag has a soft linen lining and an interior pocket for your room key and anything else you want to find easily. Mark & Graham is a new discovery for me. I ended up picking 4 from this online store as I couldn’t narrow down their stylish monogrammed tote bags anymore than that. I’m not normally a monogram girl but these beauties caught my eye (not sponsored).
- Bamboo Elisabetta Raffia Tote Bag $398. This is one of their more expensive totes as its handcrafted in Florence from Italian raffia with polished bamboo handles. There’s also an internal zippered section that divides the bag into three compartments. This would make a great gift for destination wedding bridesmaids.
- Ribbon Straw Beach Tote $79 from Mark & Graham’s new collection.
- Palermo Straw Beach Tote. Another straw tote from Mark & Graham’s new collection $139. You can order any of Mark & Graham’s totes with or without monogramming if you don’t like monogramming.
- Beis woven tote in beige $108. This simple but classic tote will stay in style from year to year and comes in beige or black. The beauty of this one is that it has a top zipper fastening and is large enough to work as your carryon and beach tote.
- Large Woody Logo Strap Canvas Tote CHLOÉ $990. Keep an eye on the Nordstrom sale post, if this goes in their anniversary sale (I doubt it will) I’ll be sure to add it there.
- Summer Simple Tote Tan w/ Ciao, this would be so cute for an Italian escape $345.00. If this ones sold out, here’s a more budget friendly canvas tote in beige and black.
- Fendi medium Sunshine tote bag $2,850. It’s on sale here for $2341.56 but I’ve linked it at full price too as I know the ones on sale will sell out fast. You’ve seen this bag all over instagram, it’s the IT bag of 2021. It’s definitely more of a splurge and investment piece but it’s such a classic style and more of an everyday bag, not just a beach bag it’d get so much use. This tote also comes in red, khaki and black. I’m coveting this and the Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Tote, both are equally beautiful. The Fendi is more luxe in leather, with it’s eather debossed logo, tortoiseshell effect handles and gold-tone hardware. It also has a adjustable detachable shoulder strap. Whereas the Saint Laurent is more laid back, casual.
- For the girly girls. Be Mine Straw Tote has the most adorable black hearts embroidered on it. If you want a pop of color, it also comes in natural with fuchsia embroidered hearts.
- BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Raffia & Leather Monili Tote Bag $1,995. A classic, understated and elegant style.
- Ralph Lauren Crochet-Straw Medium Whitney Tote $160 comes in neutral as well as bright pink if you prefer color and black for a chic look.
- CHLOÉ Marcie cream leather-trimmed raffia tote $690. It also comes with tan leather accents. If you love this one get it now as there’s a low stock warning on it. This bag would coordinate really well with Chloe’s wooden slides that are trending for Summer 2021.
“Chloé celebrates the ten-year anniversary of its best-selling ‘Marcie’ tote with this new iteration that’s great for summer.” Woven in Spain from raffia with Chloe’s signature leather flap.
- Saint Laurent Rive Gauche tote bag. This fresh and bright white canvas designer tote bag also comes in brown if you prefer darker neutrals and natural tones.
- Women’s Large Straw Bags Beach Tote Bag. This handwoven hobo bag is the most affordable Summer beach bag at $26.99. I love the red, white and blue scarf detailing on this bag, it’d be great for completing a July 4th outfit. It’s made of 100% natural hand-woven seagrass with hand-woven knit elements and craftsmanship.
- Saint Laurent Panier Basket Tote. Another beautiful classic from YSL. This versatile designer tote has a timeless silhouette and is crafted from woven raffia. It’d look just as good at long Summer lunches as it does poolside or on the beach.
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Eve Dawes is a Blogger, Podcaster, Mrs. England World 2020, a WBFF Pro Diva, SAG-AFTRA actress, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics and GlamourandGains.com. Eve's also the host of BFF (beauty, fitness & fashion) segment on Spill The Tea Live! The show for British Expats. Eve has over 15 years experience in the fashion world, is an avid traveller and cruelty-free beauty advocate.