There's no need to sacrifice fashion for function when you can pack everything you could possibly need and still look fabuoous on the beach with these ten brilliant beach bags
Picture this: you've found the perfect pair of sunglasses to compliment your new bikini you've been dying to wear out ever since you bought it...in the middle of winter. Except as you head to the beach, to spend a few hours soaking up the sun and the salty sea air, a little voice asks,
"Mum, can I come to the beach with you?"
Instead of the one towel you were planing to take with you, and maybe a book, now you're armed with extra suncream, another towel, arm bands, a spare pair of kids' clothes because you never know when an accident's going to happen, and snacks in case they get hungry.
But making sure you have all the beach essentials for you and your family doesn't mean you have to sacrifice fashion for function. To help you slay in the sun, and have everything you could possibly need to do so, here are ten brilliant beach bags for summer.
1. Damson Madder cotton canvas tote bag
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This canvas tote bag by Damson Madder is bursting with colour and vibrant abstract prints, so you're less likely to accidentally misplace her at the beach! With an open top for easy access and made from 100% cotton, it's light, it's casual, and it can even be purchased with a matching co-ord if you so desire.
2. Accessorize striped large beach tote bag
This sunny beach bag is big enough to fit all of your beach essentials and her textured finish and versatile stripey pattern is sure to compliment all of your summery outfits. Complete with a zip and an easy to wipe-clean interior, it also happens to be in the sale right now, so snap her up while you can!
3. Accessorize orange and lemon embroidered tote bag
Well, you know what they say, when life gives you lemons...embroider them onto an adorable citrus-inspired tote bag. Transport yourself to the orange trees of sunny Seville, or the lemon-tree dotted Amalfi coast of idyllic Italy with this fashionable beach accessory. Why not take inspiration from her decoration and use her to pack a delicious picnic to enjoy on the beach.
4. Matalan coral pineapple foil beach bag
Continuing with the fruity feel, Matalan offer an affordable beach bag with sturdy rope straps and a zip close pouch so you can sunbathe assured that all of your things are safe inside. The gold pineapple print is sure to add a touch of glitz and glamour to your gorgeous beach look.
5. Oliver Bonas monochrome pinapple beach shopper bag
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There must be something tropical in the air as Oliver Bonas are also offering a pineapple themed beach bag just in time for summer. With a sophisticated monochrome exterior in a striking geometric pattern and summery yellow accents, this beach bag includes multiple pockets for all your essentials and is fully lined.
6. FatFace Remi Quilted Beach Bag
You're sure to stand out with this patchwork, pastoral patterned beach bag made from 100 per cent cotton. Complete with comfortable thick strips, inside zip pockets and an extra front pocket for easy access to those all-important summer essentials, the quilted texture will also make the ideal pillow so that you can have a sneaky sandy snooze.
7. Monsoon embroidered beach bag
This gorgeous green, floral embroidered beach bag will compliment any swimsuit or sun dress and has plenty of room for everything you could possibly need at the beach. Made from a cotton blend and featuring a popper fastening, it's stylish and easy access.
8. & Other Stories large woven straw beach bag
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For the more understated beach goer, or if you want to go straight from the beach to dinner, this beach bag can be dressed up or down. It also comes with a real leather shoulder strap so it's sturdy enough to hold all of your things...just be careful not to lose it, it's trendy muted beige colouring might mean it blends in with the sand!
9. Sunnylife carryall beach bag
This Sunnylife brightly coloured beach bag is sure to bring a smile to your face, and it's likely to stay there once you learn that not only is it waterproof, but it also has drainage holes at the base for sand or water, making it the ideal beach companion. Light weight and durable, it also comes with a detachable zipped pouch to keep your valuable items safe at all times.
10. Sunday Supply Co. tallow towelling beach bag
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Featuring a 100 per cent terry towelling outer and lined with cotton, this oversized beach bag is sure to last you countless summers and is perfect for all of your summer essentials. The double thick canvas straps make it comfortable to carry, even when loaded with suncream, swimsuits and snacks and an internal zip pocket means you can get at your smaller items more easily.
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