Sure, strolling onto the sand sporting the newest Louis Vuitton would give you some serious beach goddess cred, but one overzealous wave or wayward grain of sand could totally trash your designer gear. Give your pricey pieces a rest when you head to the beach, and instead pack all your sun-loving essentials in an inexpensive tote in a pretty, poppy color or fun pattern you’d never be able to pull off anywhere else.
Channel your inner artiste with this Mondrian-inspired colorblock tote from ASOS ($25.36, down from $37).
Puma’s sporty kelly green shoulder bag ($30) is ideal for stashing everything you need for a productive beach workout (and, OK, maybe a trashy magazine or two).
Take a vacation from the boring solid-colored bags you haul to the office every day. The beach is all about bold patterns and bright bursts of color, two things this Roxy bag ($29.50) has in spades.
Looking to dine alfresco? Pack a picnic in Gap’s preppy plaid pack ($15), patterned with a fresh spin on the classic picnic tablecloth.
Old Navy’s oversized canvas totes ($10) come in tons of cute, candy-inspired color combos, and the interior is roomy enough to hold suits, shades, sunscreen and towels for two.