Straw totes and hats are nothing new, but they’re being spotted more and more as one of this summer’s trends. While they’re available in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes, my eye tends to lean more toward a natural-looking brown tote. It’s everything you want in a summer bag–lightweight, folds flat for easy packing, and large enough to carry things to the beach or through the city. Choosing a neutral color is a sure guarantee that your bag will match whatever shoe you wear, be it a cognac sandal or an understated espadrille.
1. Michael Kors Deneuve Straw Tote, $300 (neimanmarcus.com)
2. Tory Burch Straw Basket Tote, $250 (toryburch.com)
3. J. Crew Farmer’s Market Tote, $50 (jcrew.com)
4. Kelly and Katie Straw Tote, $25 (dsw.com)