This Season’s Best Beach Bags and Straw Totes: Splurge vs Steal

It’s time to get excited about summer because beach bags and straw totes have hit the stores! This is the time of year to get a fresh new beach bag now that you can look forward to using in the months ahead. You will need one for the beach, the pool, on vacation or just to carry around town to update your look.

I am loving the straw and raffia totes and beach bags in neutrals with leather trims or in bright sunny colors. Designers are offering gorgeous high-quality bags that will last you from year to year. But they come with a big price tag. However, you have the option of purchasing low-priced beach bags that have similar looks and styles as the designer bags, even though they may only last one season.

The Best Beach Bags and Straw Totes: Splurge Vs Steal

The choice is yours! You can splurge on one of these designer beach bags or get a steal. Here’s what I found.


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Stripe Straw Tote Bag

Invest in this beautiful Saint Laurent bag or pick up this straw beach bag from Amazon, also in black and natural horizontal stripes.


Saint Laurent Stripe Straw Shopper, $1,650


Joseko Summer Beach Bag Straw, $34.99

Bright Colored Stripe Beach Tote

Nothing says summer like the bright sunny hues of yellow, orange and pink on this AAKs raffia bucket bag. Or you can get the look for less with this bag from Walmart for one-tenth of the price!


AAKS Tia Raffia Bucket Bag, $210


Time and Tru Extra Large Woven Straw Beach Travel Tote Bag, $19.98

Solid Black Raffia Tote

This amazing all black raffia tote from Saint Laurent is absolute perfection. But you can pretend you spent that much with this black straw tote with a similar shape from Target.


Saint Laurent Medium Shopping Raffia Tote, $1450


Target Straw Tote Handbag – A New Day™, $35

Round Straw Beach Bag

A round straw beach tote is a stand-out design. Etienne Aigner’s Luca bag is beautifully crafted with leather trim, but you can get a nearly identical one from Amazon for a fraction of the cost.


Etienne Aigner Luca Large Round Straw Beach Tote, $248


Caissip Straw Beach Bag Tote, $26.99

Bold Solid Colored Straw Tote

Add a punch of bold color to anything you wear with this Dragon Diffusion bag in a luscious strawberry color. Equally intense if not more so is this brilliant red paper straw shopper from H&M for a steal.


Dragon Diffusion Cannage Max Tote, $490


H&M Paper Straw Shopper, $24.99

Unique Mixed Stripe Beach Bag

Etro is the master of interesting prints and this raffia striped tote is a piece of artwork you will covet. But you can go for this mixed leopard print and stripe bag and make a statement for a lot less cash.

Etro Rafia Striped Globetrotter Tote, $1550


Magid Spring Jute Leopard Stripe Printed Beach Tote Bag, $24

Which is your favorite beach bag or straw tote? Will you splurge or steal?


Carol Calacci

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