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A Bag for Every Beach

A beach bag is a summer necessity, especially when you have kids and there are extra sunblock bottles, hats, books, and towels that need to make their way to the sand. Below, a roundup of eight of our favorite beaches, and the bags that best suit each one—plus, the swimwear and accessories to match.


The bright tie-dye on this reversible suit reads fun and youthful, but the one-piece shape keeps it from looking too Spring Break. Nude sandals transition well from the beach to casual dinners at Flora Farms.

A Bag for Every Beach


All the activity on the islands takes place outside, which means sun coverage is a must. This straw hat is practical and cute for a day at the beach, while the long-sleeve swim top doubles as chic water-sports gear.

A Bag for Every Beach


Southern style is unapologetically feminine and preppy—in other words, this bright, pom-pom-adorned bag perfectly fits the Kiawah bill. A simple black swimsuit balances things out.

A Bag for Every Beach


The San Juans are an active place, so a comfortable suit that works for kayaking and paddleboarding is indispensable. Rope sandals and round, ‘60s sunglasses complete the look.

A Bag for Every Beach

Palm Springs

Okay, so it’s not technically a beach, but odds are, if you’re in Palm Springs the bulk of your time will be spent by or in a pool. Take advantage of the easy-to-navigate pool deck with tall platform sandals.

A Bag for Every Beach


Europe in the summer is a great place to take some risks with oversized, geometric sunnies and a white suit. The stripes on the bag add a pop of color (not to mention that they’re subtly reminiscent of the Italian flag and those iconic beach umbrellas).

A Bag for Every Beach


Like the Rockaways, this beach outfit feels cool but also totally unfussed over. Fittingly, the plunging neckline on L Space’s athletic bikini top is not-trying-too-hard sexy.

A Bag for Every Beach

St. Bart’s

Some looks are all about juxtaposition: The round curves and pom poms of a straw bag offer a welcome contrast to the geometry of a racerback suit (which is still plenty colorful for St. Barts). Best to keep the accessories neutral, with subtle sunglasses and go-with-everything espadrilles.

A Bag for Every Beach
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