It hasn't been backed by science, yet, but I think beach bags have the power to cure any bout of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). With bright, colourful appliques, tropical materials (the only other acceptable bags with bobbles are Christmas ones), fun silhouettes, a straw beach bag will, in an instant, quell the negative side effects of our prolonged, bleak winter. Practical for holiday wear, easy to keep clean, versatile and an alternative way to indulge in vintage fashion, the straw beach bag has suddenly found itself as a serious contender for summer's most essential bag. But don't just take my word for it; Insta feeds are full of quirky straw bags from the industries biggest names (See below).
Don't be put off a beach bag by their cutesie appearances; these bags come with a ton of attitude and the perfect balance of femininity that isn't too easy to execute. While you wait patiently for the weather to turn, kickstart your summer early with a cheerful beach bag sans annoying sand.
Going 'round in circles at Topshop
Black straw circle tote bag, €42 at topshop.com
Barking mad at Farfetch
Straw clutch bag by Serpui, €554 at farfetch.com
Big and functional at Mango
Jute bucket bag, €39.95 at mango.com
Neo-traditional at UrbanOutfitters
Seeing red at Net-a-porter.com
Nilsa woven raffia shoulder bag by Sophia Anderson, €348 at net-a-porter.com
Bright and fresh at UrbanOutfitters
Cool blue at The Outnet
Straw tote by Kayu, €88 at theoutnet.com
Cuet 'n' sweet at Zara
Raffia strawberry backpack, €17.95 at zara.com
Channelling Pacha nightclub at Monki
Cherry beach bag, €20 at monki.com
Refined and sophisticated at The Frankie Shop
Ceramic centre round rattan bag, €141.10 at thefrankieshop.com
While you're here, have you listened to our new podcast The Spill? This week's episode kicks off with an examination of Janelle Monaé's PYNK, which features her and her fellow dancers in opulent pink vagina trousers. Sophie and Rhona go on to discuss if people are treated differently because of their level of beauty and finish by helping a reader who can't stop fantasising about women.