The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it's time to shake off our winter coats and slip into something more summery. Shorts, dresses, sunglasses, and sandals are all fair game. And for an iconic seasonal accessory, look no further than a straw bag. There's a straw bag for every warm-weather activity, whether you're reading a book at the beach, attending an outdoor wedding, or going on vacation somewhere tropical.
But if we had to choose just one, we'd pick Crown Vintage's Rattan Crossbody Bag, and then imagine ourselves at a quaint picnic in the countryside. Read on to see the rest of our favorite straw bags! And if you're having trouble deciding, check out our buying guide for tips and information on different bag styles and what details to look out for.
Our list includes bags in a range of shapes, sizes, and styles. Whether you're looking for a dainty clutch or a large carryall tote, we hope you find a bag you love!
|Material||Woven straw, fabric lining|
|Dimensions||8 x 3 x 5 in.|
|Materials||Paper, polyester lining, polyurethane coating|
|Dimensions||9.75 x 2.5 in.|
|Material||Palm leaf, calfskin|
|Dimensions||13 x 6.7 x 5.1 in.|
|Material||Straw, cotton lining|
|Dimensions||16 x 12 x 4 in.|
|Material||Rattan, synthetic fibers, viscose lining|
|Dimensions||10.5 x 10.5 x 3.5 in.|
|Material||Woven raffia, linen lining|
|Dimensions||9.4 x 14.6 in.|
|Material||Palm leaves, leather|
|Dimensions||14 x 15 x 4 in.|
|Dimensions||4.13 x 7.48 in.|
|Dimensions||14.96 x 18.5 x 6.3 in.|
|Dimensions||10.24 x 6.3 x 1.18 in.|
A New Day
Rattan Crossbody Bag
Round Straw Bag
Small Basket Bag
Sierra Straw Hobo
Vera Sigrid Scarf Clutch
Hawa Rainbow Tote Bag
Panama Straw Backpack
Midollino Mini Leather & Wicker Bucket Bag
Straw Circle Handle Tote Handbag
Channel Countrysides and Cottage Life
A Versatile Bag in a Fun Shape
Go from the Beach to the City
A Striped Bag With Nautical Vibes
A Straw Bag, but Make It Retro
Take Your Tote to the Next Level
A Roomy Backpack for People on the Go
Frolic Through a Meadow With This Bucket Bag
A Tote You Can Take Anywhere
Stash Your Essentials in a Clutch
|Material||Woven straw, fabric lining||Paper, polyester lining, polyurethane coating||Palm leaf, calfskin||Straw, cotton lining||Rattan, synthetic fibers, viscose lining||Woven raffia, linen lining||Palm leaves, leather||Wicker, leather||Straw||Straw|
|Dimensions||8 x 3 x 5 in.||9.75 x 2.5 in.||13 x 6.7 x 5.1 in.||16 x 12 x 4 in.||10.5 x 10.5 x 3.5 in.||9.4 x 14.6 in.||14 x 15 x 4 in.||4.13 x 7.48 in.||14.96 x 18.5 x 6.3 in.||10.24 x 6.3 x 1.18 in.|
While most straw bags have a summery vibe, each one is a little different. The bag's details can change its overall style, making it more beachy, rustic, boho, or nautical. Here are some things to consider while you shop.
If you want a bag for casual everyday use, consider both size and comfort. You want a bag that's big enough for your essentials and comfortable enough to wear all day.
Tote bags are large bags that are worn over the shoulder. They’re usually wider than they are tall and feature a large inner compartment. They may have small pockets on the inside or outside to hold important items. Tote bags are often open at the top, but you can also find some with zipper closures.
Because of their size, tote bags are great for situations where you need to carry a lot of things, like a trip to the beach, grocery store, or a weekend getaway. Straw tote bags tend to have a beachy vibe, so they’re best for casual situations.
Shoulder and crossbody bags are more compact than totes. The shape and details of the bag can differ widely, but they all feature a long strap that goes over your shoulder or across your body.
They usually have a secure closure, like a zipper, flap, or magnetic snap. These are great everyday bags that can fit your daily essentials. They’re generally comfortable to carry and leave your hands free.
A bucket bag is pretty much what it sounds like; a bag shaped like a bucket! These bags are taller than they are wide with a cylindrical shape, and they usually have a structured bottom. They can be open at the top or have a drawstring closure. They may have handles for carrying, a strap to sling over your shoulder, or both.
Because of their depth, they can hold plenty of items and are a great choice for daily use. When made from straw, bucket bags sort of look like baskets (in a fashionable way), so they work well with rustic, countryside, and cottagecore styles.
If you don’t love the look of traditional bags or find them uncomfortable, straw backpacks are a great lightweight, hands-free option. They come in all kinds of styles.
Some backpacks look like bucket bags with a drawstring closure, while others look more like a standard backpack made with straw material. You can also find straw tote bags that double as backpacks, so you can hold all your items and keep the strain off your shoulders.
If you want a bag that can be dressed up, look for small sizes and thoughtful details. Clutches and satchels are both appropriate styles for nicer environments.
Clutches are traditionally used as evening bags. Unlike other bags, they don’t have straps, so they’re best for events where you’ll have a place to set them down nearby. They're typically fairly small and just fit your essentials, like your phone, keys, and money.
Because straw is a more casual material, it will give your clutch a summery, beachy vibe, making it a great choice for a nice dinner on vacation or an outdoor summer wedding.
Satchels look like mini briefcases with a structured silhouette and short handles. They may also have a detachable shoulder strap. They’re a great option if you like the look of straw but want something a little more put-together.
They often have thoughtful details, like leather handles and metal hardware, that elevate them above the typical slouchy straw beach tote. Straw satchels are usually nice enough to take to work, but they can easily transition to a night out afterward.
Straw bags can be either structured or floppy. Structured bags can stand up on their own and have a defined shape, whether they’re rectangular, bucket-shaped, or circular. They’re made of stiff materials that offer more protection for the items inside.
On the other hand, floppy bags can be easily folded down for storage. Their shape isn’t as defined, as they’ll flex to hold what’s inside. Floppy bags tend to look more casual than structured bags.
While straw is a unique and stylish material for a bag, it’s not always ideal for the strap. Straps need to be comfortable. They should also be able to hold the bag's weight and hold up to wear and tear. Because straw is a natural material, it can stretch out and degrade with time and exposure to weather.
For a more durable bag, look for straps made from another material, such as leather, synthetic leather, or cotton. If you prefer the all-straw look, try to find a bag with a thicker woven strap that won’t dig into your shoulder.
Depending on what you plan to use your straw bag for, you might want to consider a bag with a lining. On its own, straw isn’t super protective and can even be scratchy. Since straw bags are woven, they often have small holes that can let in dirt and water, as well as let small items fall out.
A lining will add an extra layer of protection and cushioning and ensure all your things stay inside the bag. However, sometimes the holes are part of the aesthetic. If you’re looking for a bag to take to the farmer’s market or the beach, a lining might not be necessary.
Get a bag to go with every outfit, occasion, and event so you'll never be stuck figuring out how to carry your essentials. Check out some of our other favorite fashionable purses below.
Whether your style is beach bum, free-spirited boho, or countryside chic, a straw bag is a summertime must-have. They're lightweight and effortlessly trendy. And they come in a wide range of designs to suit any style.
When choosing a straw bag, consider what you'll be using it for, whether that's a vacation, everyday life, or special occasions. Pick a style that's large enough for your needs while still being comfortable to carry. And look for details, like a thick strap and a lining, to make your life easier!
Author: Melissa Jong
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