For beach and beyond…I love a large woven tote with a natural feel. Straw and palm totes sing summer to me. The appeal is in the chic casual ease.
The Maxi Woven straw bucket tote from Calypso is filled with bright happy stripes. The perfect punch of color for your white cotton dress or a complement to your pretty printed bikini.
The Refined Straw Tote from Lands End is reminiscent of a structured handbag and can easily transition from work to weekend.
I’m a bit obsessed with HomeMint’s Traveler’s Backpack. This beautiful bag is made from date palm leaves in Morocco and has great weathered double buckled straps on the front. It can be worn as a backpack or attached to a bike. If this bag looks familiar, it was worn by Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love as she rode her bike in Bali.
The Farmer’s Market tote by J Crew is made of resilient paper straw and is packable. This bag is perfect in its simplicity and will work well as a tote to carry a paper, water bottle and other daily necessities on a hot summer day. I can picture this bag with an outfit of classic pieces styled with a twist and a statement necklace (very J Crew, don’t you think).
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