A straw handbag is great to carry during the summer. They are light and very summery looking and do not get sun damaged or hot like many leather and plastic purses, making the straw bag ideal. They are also very functional and are perfect as a beach bag to take to the pool or the ocean and water proof, sand proof and easy to clean. There are also a lot of everyday straw bags that are great to take around town to shop, run errands and so on. There is also some more formal styles that are wonderful summer dress up handbags that you can take to a event or diner party. Though the straw handbag is one of the most versatile bags you can posses they also have a very limited season and just does not work beyond mid September. Once August / September becomes Fall it will be time to put it away but they are a very enduring style and you can wear it year after year and still be stylish.
The Kate Spade New York Point Breeze Bag is the perfect bag for the pool. It has a wide open top so it is easy to fill it with a magazine, a bottle of water, and your essentials. You can even drape your towel between the straps. This is a basic straw bag but is jazzed up with a woven chain and petunia pink fabric as well as a large pink grosgrain bow at the front.
Similar is size is the Cole Haan Highline Kendra Straw Bag and it comes in 3 different color combinations: natural/ black, natural/sunflower yellow, and natural/gold (pictured). This is a sturdy structured ladylike bag perfect for errands, brunch, or even everyday life. I love the detailed chevron pattern that the jute is woven into.
Cole Haan – Highline Straw Kendra E/W Tote (Soft Gold)
Another great straw bag that can be used everyday is the Michael Kors Amangasett Straw Tote. This bag is quite similar in feel to the Cole Haan bag above but there is a bit more color to it. This bag comes in with color accents: black, brown, gold, and white(pictured).
MICHAEL Michael Kors – Amangasett Large Straw Tote (Vanilla)
There are also some great straw clutch bags that you can use for times when you only need a few essentials during the day or at night for a casual get together. The Michael Kors Santaorini is more structured and formal of a clutch. I love that the bold gold hardware and the shape of this bag. It comes in 4 different colors accents: black(picutured), luggage, gold, and vanilla. If you prefer a casual cluth, my favorite is the Cole Haan Izzie Clutch which is very similar to the Kendra bag in look. This bag comes in natural/ sunflower yellow, natural/amazon green (pictured), and natural/black.
MICHAEL Michael Kors – Santorini Small Straw Clutch (Black)
Cole Haan – Highline Straw Izzie Large Clutch (Gold/Amazon)