With the great, blustery reality winter still firmly ensconced outside my window, it may seem a bit premature to already be talking about straw beach bags, let alone doling out superlatives, but trust me – I know of which I speak. Having seen press photos for almost all of the major brands that will bring forth their warm-weather wares in the next few weeks, for the price, I wouldn’t put my beach bag money anywhere other than the Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Straw Rosa Tote.
When I see a beach bag that costs more than $200, something breaks inside of my mind. I’m not sure how I came to that arbitrary price point, but it’s the most I’m willing to consider paying for a bag that I might actually take on vacation; anything over $200 will have to find a home elsewhere. Luckily, this Marc Jacobs tote comes in under that bar, has cute accents in one of the biggest colors of the season, and comes complete with a wallet pouch in the same color. The design isn’t trying to do anything more heroic than be the cutest, most functional straw tote than it can be, and I thoroughly respect that sort of simplicity. Buy through Saks for $178.