Best beach bags 2022 - from totes to basket bags, the must-have summer styles

14 best beach bags 2022 - these designs offer great style and plenty of room

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If you're jetting off somewhere this summer, then the best beach bags are a style must-have. While they come in all different designs, the best beach bags need to be roomy enough to carry all your sunshine essentials - that's non-negotiable. 

One of the hardest working bags in your closet, the best beach bags often take on the form of the best totes, as this spacious bag design promises the almost never-full capacity that is needed for long sunny days. From chic raffia designs that are ideal when it comes to what to pack for a beach vacation, to printed styles and brightly colored iterations, when it comes to the best beach bags for 2022, there is something for everyone. 

When it comes to selecting the best beach bag for your needs, space is of utmost importance. From your beach towel to bottles of water, your best bathing suit and a good book, there's a lot to cram in. And when it comes to beach bags, you'll want something a little more classic if you're looking to reuse your bag season after season. Natural tones, raffia, and wicker designs are always in fashion, while bright and block color options offer a summer-ready refresh. 


Best beach bags 2022

h&m beach bag

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1. H&M Fringed Shopper

Specifications

RRP: $34.99 / £24.99

Reasons to buy

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Chic boho design
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Comfortable strap material
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Great price

Reasons to avoid

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Could stain easily

This spacious fringed tote by H&M brings the practical and the fashion-forward together beautifully. Adorned with rope handles and woven cotton detailing, there is no more stylish way to stash the sunscreen. Style with your best white t-shirt and open-toed sandals for the ultimate summer ensemble.


free people beach bag

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2. Free People Market Tote

Specifications

RRP: $30 / £24

Reasons to buy

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Water resistant
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Spacious
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Unique plaid print

Reasons to avoid

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No outside zip fastening

Lose those fears of your best swimsuit seeping its way through your bag - this Free People water-resistant number has you covered. Pioneers of the effortlessly cool boho aesthetic, the brand smash it again with a vibrant '90s-inspired print and sturdy long leather handles to carry all of your ocean-side necessities. 


mango beach bag

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3. Mango Striped Shopper

Specifications

RRP: $49.99 / £29.99

Reasons to buy

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Vivid summery colours
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Metal clasp for fastening
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Well structured

Reasons to avoid

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No fastening on inner pocket

Spanish clothing brand Mango stocks some of the best plus size swimwear, so it stands to reason its beach bags will win in the style stakes too. This bold multicolor striped shopper attracts all the right attention. Made from 100% cotton and featuring handy inner pockets, the vivid contrasting stripes will bring even the simplest of beach outfits to life. Embrace the summer fashion color trends 2022 and pair with a complimentary pink swimsuit to really stand out, or opt for a simple black or white number to really make the tote pop.


accessorize beach bag

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4. Accessorize Gigi Gingham Tote

Specifications

RRP: $44 / £30

Reasons to buy

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Fun graphic print
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Sturdy canvas material
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Available in different colors

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly bulky

Evoke the dopamine dressing trend, with this gorgeous yellow canvas tote from Accessorize. Also available in an understated lavender, this is a great bag for those who like to add pops of color rather than going the whole way with bright color clothing. The boxy shape and strong canvas material allow for maximum storage, so don’t be afraid to pack for every eventuality.


the white company beach bag

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5. The White Company Linen Tie Bag

Specifications

RRP: $49 / £35

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight fabric
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Adjustable tie handle
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Easy to style

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey for the simplicity

Made using 100% natural fabrics, this linen bag by The White Company will slot perfectly into any summer wardrobe. Designed to be elegant and timeless, the neutral navy blue color looks particularly good styled against bright tones. Not the largest beach bag, this is a good choice if you'll be spending time by the pool in your resort and don't need to pack towels, etc for your sun-soaking session. 


white stuff beach bag

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6. White Stuff Towelling Shopper

Specifications

RRP: $69 / £53

Reasons to buy

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Playful towelling design
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External pockets for storage
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Secure zip fastening

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Boasting a seasonal ocean design, could this toweling tote bag by White Stuff get any better? Equipped with exterior pockets ideal for sliding in your best sunglasses and a secure zip to keep valuables safe, your seaside accessories will be in good hands. Big enough for packing a picnic as well as a beach-side read, this shopper can do it all.  


everlane beach bag

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7. Everlane Do-It-All Tote

Specifications

RRP: $60 / £60

Reasons to buy

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Crossbody strap
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Machine washable
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Made from renewed plastic bottles

Reasons to avoid

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Harder to style

One of the best sustainable clothing brands, Everlane caught our eye for creating some of the best weekend bags. Transitioning from shoulder to crossbody bag in an instant, the Do-It-All tote really does what it says on the tin. With room enough for all the essentials without being bulky and in a convenient washable knitted fabric, this blazing burnt orange edition is a must for this summer.


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8. Boden Straw Bag

Specifications

RRP: $98 / £70

Reasons to buy

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Handmade
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Available in a range of patterns
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On trend

Reasons to avoid

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Stiff material

Bring the Amalfi Coast to your closet with this gorgeous lemon embroidered tote. The slouchy shape looks effortless when paired with a swimsuit and sarong but is stylish enough to dress up for the evening. It’s also handmade and features the perfect length handle to sling over your shoulder on your way out the door.


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9. Ted Baker Nylon Tote

Specifications

RRP: $195 / £130

Reasons to buy

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Trendy print
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Multiple straps for different styles
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Internal pockets for storage

Reasons to avoid

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May clash with other items in your wardrobe

Let your wild side show with this zebra-printed nylon tote by British clothing brand Ted Baker. Fitted with short and long handles to carry any load. This tote offers versatility in droves. From packing in a beach towel, sunblock and your favorite snacks for a day on the sand, it is also roomy enough to fit a laptop, allowing you to transition this back to your workwear wardrobe when your travels are over. The water-resistant nylon is an added bonus, meaning this tote can withstand urban downpours or seaside splashes.


rae feather beach bag

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10. Rae Feather Monogram Basket

Specifications

RRP: $260 / £200

Reasons to buy

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Unique loop fastening
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Easy to style 
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Option to personalise

Reasons to avoid

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No over-the-shoulder strap

Known for gorgeous personalized basket bags, indie clothing brand Rae Feather is loved by the fashion crowd. Its bags make for fantastic gifts (both to others and oneself) and the classic woven style promises to never date. This black leather iteration is handmade and features a looped handle to hang over your wrist or use as a clutch on the go. With the option to add a hand-painted monogram, there is no more stylish beach bag out there.


marc jacobs beach bag

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11. Marc Jacobs Mesh Tote Bag

Specifications

RRP: $320 / £280

Reasons to buy

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Distinctive design
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Stylish sheer mesh
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Multiple compartments

Reasons to avoid

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See-through

American clothing brand Marc Jacobs has maximized on its classic logo tote to create one of the best designer bags on the market. Available in numerous styles and colors, this semi-transparent mesh with bold front-facing branding taps into this season's logo and monogramming trends. Complete with a zip fastening and secure internal pouch, trendiness and function go hand-in-hand with this carryall.


jw anderson beach bag

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12. JW Anderson Crocheted Tote

Specifications

RRP: $510 / £280

Reasons to buy

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Funky rainbow pattern
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Crocheted by hand
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Flat base ideal for storage

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for every occasion

Embrace this season's fashion color trends  with this vivid JW Anderson crochet rainbow bag. This playful take on the tote can brighten even the most overcast of summer days and is spacious enough to pack all the necessities. Decorated with the brand’s classic anchor charm that can also be used as a keyring, you can bring the ocean with you wherever you go.


Chloe beach bag

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13. Chloe Linen Tote Bag

Specifications

RRP: $670 / £440

Reasons to buy

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Timeless beige color
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Beautiful broderie Anglaise finish
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Adaptable to many different wardrobes

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If you like to add a touch of luxury to your beach time, the Chloé Kamilla tote is for you. Finely crafted from linen and calfskin, the chic cut-out design elevates the classic shape. Featuring a removable zipped pouch stamped with the brand’s logo, you practically get two designer bags in one.


baggu beach bag

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14. Baggu Nylon Shopper

Specifications

RRP: $21 / £15

Reasons to buy

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Easy to pack
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Made from recycled materials
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Adaptable

Reasons to avoid

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Not as sturdy

Baggu’s signature reusable shopping bag is not only ideal for your groceries but also trips to the beach. Folding up into a palm-sized square, this polka dot number is both chic and convenient. Stuff in your favorite beach towel or sunhat and easily fold away into your purse after use. For this price, what’s not to love?

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Previously, she worked across household magazines, where she contributed on main fashion, catalog imagery, digital features, and shopping pages. 

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