It was stupidly, obnoxiously hot and humid in Atlanta this weekend, as I’ve heard that it was on much of the East Coast, and we all know what that sort of weather does to me: it makes me look for straw bags. Usually a straw tote of some sort implies use at the beach, but I think that the Ted Baker Print Basket Tote is a bit too dressed up and pretty to be abused that way.

In fact, I think it could be more aptly described as an after-beach tote. Seaside vacations rarely consist only of time spent in the sand, and having multiple bag options is probably a must for anyone that’s currently taking time out of their day to read this blog (and we love you for it!) As such, having a tote that’s obviously location-appropriate but also a tad fancy is the perfect nighttime option.

At first, I wanted to cut the bow-tie off and just leave the bag as a cute straw tote with a wrapped handle, but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. Looking at the same old straw over and over again on the arms of every beach-goer can get kind of boring, and using a patterned silk to so boldly accent the expertly dyed straw is actually kind of awesome. It’s modern without being inappropriate for the bag’s central use, and I kind of want one. The only problem is that this bag comes in so many colors, I’m having a bit of a difficult time deciding which one I like best. Buy through Nordstrom for $110.

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  • Stacy

    Wow. I am actually loving this look. The bow tie’s color makes the bag and gives it that little something something that it needs to stand out. I’ve never owned a straw bag so this could be my first.

    Speaking of straw…does anyone know anything about Eric Javits bags? I’ve been looking at them for the past few days debating on plunking down the $$$ but are they a good investment? (if you can even call purse collecting a good investement – lol)

    • Amanda Mull

      I’ve never been much of a fan of the Javits bags. They seem to skew very “old lady” in their designs, and I think that there are a lot of cuter straw options out there. Bags tend to be a bad investment in general, and non-leather bags even more so, so I’d recommend getting something relatively inexpensive and saving the extra money for something else.

      • Stacy

        Thanks for the heads up Amanda. I’ll pass on his stuff.

        I made the decision to purchase this Ted Baker Print Basket Tote after I examined the pictures on Nordstrom’s site and I feel that the blue tote has the best color, the purple one comes to a very very close second.

      • Amanda Mull

        I hope you like the tote when it gets to you! The blue is my favorite as well, followed closely by the purple. I like the ribbon on the blue one better.

  • 19yearslater

    This is probably my favorite straw bag of the season. That color, combined with the wrapped handles and bow, amp up the cute factor while they don’t disguise what the tote really is.

  • mika

    im not really a fan of straw bags but this makes my opinion different except for the rainbow colors on the handle and the bow.. its kinda off for me

  • Jane

    I really like this straw bag my favorite color is the blue followed by the purple. I am going on vacation in July so I have been looking for some cute beach tote bags, and this one might be the one I have been looking for. (fb)