Summer tote bag styling

With spring in full bloom and summer on the horizon, we think it’s the perfect time to share some summer bag ideas. And of course, no bag embodies the casual, carefree feeling of summer like the tote bag — a typically simple, large, open, over-the-shoulder bag.

Discover some of our favourite tote bags for women along with some inspiration on fashion-forward styling.

Summer bag ideas 

Whether you’re in need of that dream summer bag to take on your next adventure, a large tote to bring to the beach, or a sweet shopper to help you run some summertime errands, take a look at our top picks.

Shining a spotlight on some of our favourite luxury designers — Kate Spade, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, and Ted Baker — these are the tote bags we’re coveting right now.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade is a brand that exudes all things playful, sassy, and classy. These iconic bags will certainly have you feeling all three emotions throughout the summer months.

All-Day Large Tote Bag - Black

This large, open-top black tote blends effortless style with practicality. Big enough to fit a 13” laptop and smart enough for a business meeting, this is a tote that can transition your summer work days into balmy summer nights. It’s suitable for the office but won’t look out of place as your lounge outdoors at your local cocktail bar. Plus, it includes a cute, detachable polka-dot pouch! Pair with these Glenda Leather Slide Sandals to continue the smart summer vibe.

All-Day Large Tote Bag - Beige

Do you prefer lighter colours in the summer months? Simply swap black for beige with this alternative colourway. It’s just as classy but perfect for those who adore softer, neutral tones. Use this bag as part of a chic summer ensemble. We think it looks great with this Striped Wrap Jumpsuit from Joseph Ribkoff or a dressed-up Great Plains Linen Midi Skirt.

Spade Flower Monogram Sutton Medium Tote - Black

This beautifully patterned bag can really make a statement. It’s polished but has a casual, boho feel. Take it on all your summer lunch dates wearing this cute Binadari Cabello Lace Strap Mini Dress in white.

Lauren by Ralph Lauren

Lauren by Ralph Lauren knows how to make a timeless bag. You’ll be able to use these ever-so-chic tote bags year after year.

Coated Canvas Medium Collins Tote - Black

This black tote bag is the ultimate accessory for hopping between beach bars in Barcelona or exploring the cultural landmarks of Florence. Medium size with a dog-clip closure, you won’t have to worry about it fitting all your essentials. We think it looks fabulous with a vibrant wrap dress — try the Coline Floral Wrap Dress from Suncoo.

Crosshatch Leather Medium Danni Bag - Beige

Alternatively, go for the beautiful beige colourway and wear it with a fun, floaty dress like Ted Baker’s Taliar Tea Midi Dress. We think this would make a great beach tote bag paired with some Ivory Espadrille Sandals.

Ted Baker

Make it a very British summer with Ted Baker. With the brand’s excellent attention to detail and quirky sense of style, these are classic pieces with an edge.

Soocon Crosshatch Large Icon Bag - Grey

This simple, feminine grey shopper bag is ideal for using with almost any outfit and keeping at the ready for day-to-day use. We think it looks great with a pair of flattering High Rise Denim Shorts by Calvin Klein. Wear with a comfortable, breathable top of your choice for a casual yet sophisticated ensemble.

Jorjina Flower Eyelet Small Shopper - Pink

This pretty pink tote features gold-coloured hardware and a magnolia logo. We’d bring it to a first date wearing this Zandi Printed Knife Pleat Midi Skirt and a simple white top — how about this White Puff Sleeves Top or French Connection’s Destiny Organic Poplin Blouse?

Popscon Floral Printed Small Bag - Black

Are you looking for a small summer bag for your essentials? This pink and black tote bag features an elegant poppy design and is just the right size for trips into town in the sunshine. The bold pattern is ideal for adding a splash of colour to a light-mom-jeans-and-floaty-blouse combo.

Summer bags from Robert Goddard

Browse our designer beach bags and summer tote bags today. From quiet strolls in the park to a sunny evening of cocktail drinking, you’ll find a gorgeous bag for every occasion. Head

straight to our women’s designer handbags collection, where you’ll find the likes of Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Valentino, and Kate Spade. Explore some luxurious and unique tote bag designs and find the perfect accessory to elevate your summer look.