Love It or Leave It

Love It or Leave It: Terrycloth Designer Bags

Get in loser, we're going to the beach

If the mere mention of terrycloth immediately transports you back to high school and your favorite Juicy Couture brightly-colored tracksuit, you’re not alone. Terrycloth boomed and boomed big in the 2000s. Everything from tops, (low-rise) sweatpants and dresses to hats, handbags, headbands, and more came dressed in the soft and oh-so-summery material.

For the Beach and Beyond

And while the looped cotton material has been around for over 100 years, using the towel-like fabric known as terrycloth for fashion purposes is a relatively new phenomenon. Dating back to the original high-end athleisure boom discussed above, these days, it’s not uncommon to spot terrycloth on the beach and on the runways.

In the 2020s, terrycloth made its triumphant but not so-surprising return, as fashion’s collective obsession with nostalgia and the early aughts was in full swing. The embodiment of summer, a terrycloth bag makes it feel like every day is a vacation, whether you’re heading out to the beach or not.

Fashion is meant to be fun, and our bags specifically are an extension of that, meant to be functional, yes, but also meant to spark joy and put a smile on our faces. Really, what better way to do that than to carry a handbag that takes an ordinary summer day and makes it feel like you’re at a beach-side resort?

I say love ’em, and if my budget were unlimited, I’d already have the Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie in my closet.

Your Favorite Designer Bags, Summer-ified

Saint Laurent Terrycloth Bag

Prada Terrycloth Triangle Bag

Marc Jacobs Terrycloth Mini Tote

Loewe Terrycloth pouch

Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie

Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie
via Bottega Veneta

JW Anderson Twister Bag

Bottega Veneta Terrycloth Pouch

Bottega Veneta The Pouch
via Net-a-Porter

Fendi Terrycloth Tote

Saint Laurent Jamie Bag

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Hervé
Hervé
1 year ago

I find it telling and pathetic that half of these bag feature, as their sole design interest, a giant inscription of the brand name.

vnex
vnex
1 year ago

The right place for terrycloth is the bathroom. Or poolside/seaside. And considering that terrycloth must be washed costantly it does bother me that people actually buy and use that kind of bag, I find it gross.

Lala
Lala
1 year ago
Reply to  vnex

I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds them gross.

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago

If you take it to the beach, you don’t have to pack a towel, since your purse can double as one! Twice the functionality.

claudia
claudia
1 year ago

Some of these bags look like someone folded and tied their towel into a bag. The prices are also ridiculous even for luxury goods, around 2000 or 3000 bucks for a bag made from towel material? LOL

Sandy
Sandy
1 year ago

Nope, not for me!

Jaders
Jaders
1 year ago

Seems like it would stain easily and then be impossible to clean.

Terri
Terri
1 year ago

No thank you.

Lala
Lala
1 year ago

Cloth bags (especially terry cloth or teddy) give me the ick — I feel like it would get dirty so quickly. While I think the bags are pretty to look at, I could never carry one.

Slim
Slim
1 year ago

LOL! Don’t get caught in a heavy downpour! Not a fan.

Beryl
Beryl
1 year ago

Nope!

Lolo
Lolo
1 year ago

I am ofFENDIed by those prices.

Jaded
Jaded
1 year ago

This looks like the perfect trend to partake in via AliExpress or DHGate.