17 Stylish Straw Bags to Wear Beyond the Beach
While it’s not exactly a surprise that straw bags are this summer’s must-have accessory, what’s new this year is that the popularity of this vacation essential is expanding beyond the beach tote.
Straw bags are quite literally the definition of timeless as they go way back in history. People have been weaving natural fibers into baskets as early as ancient Egypt and, to this day, the technique hasn’t really changed. So what makes them so attractive to the modern-day woman?
Well, first of all, they are quite sturdy. Nowadays, most bags are crafted from rattan, a general term referring to about 600 types of climbing palm species that — because of their durability — are also used for furniture, home building, and even sports equipment.
Straw bags are also super light, which is probably why totes, in particular, are so popular — they fit a lot without adding much extra weight.
And last, but definitely not least, they are so effortlessly stylish. Artisans have elevated the technique to an art, creating beautiful patterns and structured shapes ranging from the classic bucket bag to circles and half moon shapes. So it’s no wonder that designers have taken straw bags as a source of inspiration and put a modern twist on them. Kate Spade, for example, has mixed leather and wicker this season to create a satchel that’s not just resort-ready but could be worn in the city, as well.
Here, we rounded up this summer's chicest straw bags to tote to the pool and beyond.
Street Level Woven Rattan Handbag
Inspired by vintage picnic baskets, this lined rattan bag features a flat base, a post-and-loop closure, and modern straps.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $84
Asos Design Shopper Bag
This vibrant rattan bag features beautiful twin bamboo handles. It is fully lined and has an interior zip pocket.
To buy: asos.com, $48
Urban Outfitters Half Moon Straw Bag
Add a '70s vibe to your ensemble with this hand-woven, unlined bag that features dual ring handles.
To buy: urbanoutfitters.com, $49
J.Crew Circle Straw Cross-body Bag
This is the perfect everyday bag that will fit all of your essentials such as your phone, keys, and wallet.
To buy: jcrew.com, $128
Kate Spade New York Bloom Street ‘Justina’ Wicker Satchel
This satchel looks so chic thanks to its straw basket style and leather flap. It’s the perfect summer bag for a city girl.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $398
Muun ‘Caba’ Tote
This Instagram It-bag is hand-woven and comes with a removable canvas lining.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $265
Loeffler Randall Circle Pompom-embellished Straw Bag
Whether you're heading to the pool or grabbing lunch with friends in the city, this structured straw bag will up the ante on any vacation-inspired outfit.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $295
Free People ‘Cecilia’ Bucket Bag
The woven bird and floral patterns of this bucket bag are absolutely gorgeous. It also has a detachable shoulder strap and a drawstring closure.
To buy: freepeople.com, $278
Banago ‘Olivia’ Large Straw Tote
This spacious, vacation-ready tote will fit all of your belongings. It is not lined but has a zip closure for safe carrying.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $110
Antik Batik ‘Rufo’ Tote
For those of you always carrying a ton of stuff in your bag (#guilty), this practical, roomy tote will make your life so much easier this summer.
To buy: shopbop.com, $290
Kayu Mini ‘St. Tropez’ Tote
This cute mini tote features detachable pompoms and a statement handle. It will surely make your brunch outfit a lot more summery and fun.
To buy: revolve.com, $98
Mar Y Sol ‘Fortaleza’ Straw Tote
This stunning tote is a true work of art. It's crafted from straw circles woven together into an unlined basket that's perfect for a trip to the farmer's market or the beach.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $139
Pamela Munson ‘Agatha’ Shoulder Bag
This chic shoulder bag is hand-woven using natural rattan. It is fully lined and has an internal slip pocket and a magnetic closure.
To buy: modaoperandi.com, $345
Pitusa Straw Handbag
This colorful Pitusa handbag will add a cheerful vibe to any outfit.
To buy: revolve.com, $88
Vince Camuto ‘Hedda’ Convertible Straw Tote
We love a functional piece and this Vince Camuto bag is the epitome of practicality. Thanks to a pull-up leather lining that's embellished with fun pompoms, it transforms from a beach tote to a stylish shoulder bag.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $178
Sensi Studio Striped Toquilla-straw Tote
Vertical stripes and looped top handles give this classic tote a modern twist.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $255
Topshop ‘Bali’ Straw Tote Bag
The fun is in the details with this bag. Side pompoms make it the ideal accessory for a vacation outfit.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $40