Style notes: a fashionista’s online guide to 2012’s best beach bags
Us girls love an excuse to buy some new arm candy. And when that excuse is a holiday, we love it even more. Whereas your everyday handbag may be fashionable black or neutral toned to match the majority of clothes in your wardrobe, the great thing about beach bagsis that you can go as eye-wateringly bright and clashing with your colours and prints as you like. And, because we all know the rules go out the window on holiday, with your new beach bag anything goes – well, almost anything!
What’s even better about beach bags is that it gives you the opportunity to buy into a high-end designer brand without having to take out a small loan to afford it. Designer beach bags are inexpensive and add a touch of luxe to your beach look.
Jetting off? Lucky you!
So if you’re jet setting in 2012, or you’re off to sample some of the UK’s lovely beaches, compare the latest styles of beach bags for sale online and find your perfect designer beach bag to see you right through your holiday. Or maybe you’re indulging and shopping for cheap but stylish beach bagsfor every day of your holiday that you can co-ordinate with each of your bikinis? We’ve got that covered too.
Which fabric and styles should I opt for when shopping for beach bags?
Woven/ wicker The classic beach bag, a wicker number is the gold standard of beach chic. Effortlessly stylish and practical, a woven beach bag is sturdy and pretty resilient against all that suncream, sand and splashes of water (did we say water? We meant cocktails)
Denim A great choice if you’re looking for a practical, goes-with-everything beach bag. Denim is extremely versatile and always on-trend, making it a great investment piece.
Canvas Gorgeous and practical, a canvas bag is big enough to hold all your essentials on the beach and is thin and light enough that it takes up next to no room in your suitcase, leaving more space for those all important bikinis and beach clothing!
Plastic/waterproof One of the best bags if you’re likely to be hitting the surf in 2012, a plastic or waterproof beach bag will keep all your personal belongings dry whilst you concentrate on topping up that tan – it’s a big thumbs up from us.
Shoulder bag Comfortable and easy to sling over your shoulder, this is a failsafe option for ventures home or away. Shoulder bags come in a variety of sizes too, so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re after, whether you’re travelling light or splashing out on extra baggage allowance.
Tote A tote is a large beach bag with two handles that can be worn over the shoulder, in the crook of your arm or simply held by the handles. Big enough to store all your beach essentials and made of sturdy fabric, the tote beach bag is likely to see you through many summers.
Hold all A good option if, like us, you like to take everything but the kitchen sink down to the beach with you, you know, just in case you might need that third pair of flip flops. This is a good buy if you’re likely to use your beach bag for everyday use once you return to Blighty.
Delivery of beach bags and returns when shopping online
It is always best to check online independent retailers’ delivery and returns policy before buying beach bags. UK policy states that any purchase made online comes with a seven day ‘cooling off’ period where you’re able, by law, to return any online or shop-bought goods. Many retailers extend this to 28 or 30 days so it’s always best to check before you buy.
Also make sure you leave plenty of delivery time before jetting off on your holidays for your gorgeous new beach bag to arrive.
Now that you’re clued up on exactly which style and fabric to choose from the huge array of beach bags on sale online, all that’s left for you to do head over to your shopping pages and comparison tables, click and buy, and look effortlessly chic on the beach.