Bravo Insider Exclusive!

Create a free profile to get unlimited access to exclusive videos, sweepstakes, and more!

Sign Up for Free to View
The Daily Dish Jewelry and Accessories

A Fun, Festive Tote Bag Is the Best Way to Celebrate Summer

Summer is a state of mind, and it starts with a good tote bag. 

By Patricia Cunningham

Is it just me or does it feel like summer took forever to get here? Because I’ve been doing everything I possibly can to make it happen since February. Snag some on-sale porch furniture, check; blow up backyard unicorn sprinkler, check; chill a nice bottle of rosé, check; chill another bottle because I drank the first one that day temperatures slightly spiked, check

But now that my favorite season has finally arrived, I am ready to dress the part. Exhibit A: I am ordering my summer tote bag. Nothing says summer like a fun, frolicsome, beachy tote! It’s probably second only to a new pair of sandals when it comes to the perfect warm-weather wardrobe staple. 

Ahead, 16 bright, bold, and beautiful tote bags to celebrate our favorite season all season long.

Kelly Tote

Colorful pompoms, I can’t quit you.

Truss Woven Stripe Weekend Tote

A tote that can hold all your weekend stuff and a Yorshire Terrier, and still make you look stylish while you wait in line for the Jitney.

Marina Tote

Day or night, beach or sweltering subway platform, this is one bag that will shine in any situation.

Raffia Slouchy Tote

I think I just came down with a case of bag envy.

Field of Flowers Tote Bag

So pretty, I want to hang it on an entryway hook and then Instagram the hell out of it.

Bobby Lobster Love Canvas Shopper

Retro wooden handles, fringey canvas and amorous lobsters — what’s not to love about this kitschy Topshop bag?

Shine Raffia Circular Tote

This tote is as close to sunshine in a bottle as you can possibly get.

Toucan Woven Raffia Tote

A bag that says “I’ve been in St. Tropez all summer, where have you been?”

Shiraleah Caicos Woven Tote

Yet more pompoms, and tassels, too. Who can resist?

Kate Spade Out and About Tote

Take a Hamptons chic vibe wherever you go.

Aqua Embellished Tote

Who needs a wardrobe when you’ve got this amazing kaftan-style bag slung over your shoulder?

Alice D. Leather Tote Bag

Leave it to Italian designer Alice D. to make summer’s all around perfect tote.

Mar Y Sol Ibiza Tote

Feel like you’re strutting along the beach in Ibiza, even though in reality you’re only trying to avoid the uriney parts of the sidewalk.

Eliza Striped Tote Bag

Easy, breezy, lightweight — and the ideal sundress accessory. 

Circle Straw Tote


As far as I’m concerned, a summer tote with a crossbody strap is summer tote nirvana. 

Want the latest Bravo updates? Text us for breaking news and more!