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CULT GAIA ARK BAG
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: So I know this one is a little too pricey to be swinging around in the sand, but I've had my eye on this cute, summery bag for a while now and I just can't resist any longer. Besides, with the amount I'll use it, whether at the beach or a fancy dinner, it practically pays for itself...well, almost.
Buy It! Cult Gaia Small Acrylic Ark Bag, $300; modaoperandi.com
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Kami Phillips, E-Commerce Editor: This beach bag is the perfect size and has the perfect amount of pom poms. Wait, is there even such thing as too many pom poms? No, not for me.
Buy It! Seafolly Carried Away Pom Pom Beach Basket, $102; revolve.com
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Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: As if this watermelon tote wasn't the most fun already, it's actually a cooler bag, so it will keep your snacks and drinks nice and chilled. And have you ever seen anything more Instagram-friendly? What can I say — I'm a basic beach.
Buy it! Ban.do watermelon cooler bag, $32; shopbop.com
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STELLA & DOT
Sharon Kanter, Deputy Style Director: Not only is this sturdy tote big enough to hold all my books and magazines (plus my gallons of sunblock!) at the beach or pool, its cool design keeps me looking chic for when I want to head out of the sun and into the shade of a bar or restaurant nearby for a daiquiri (or two). And it's perforated, so if it gets any sand inside, I just dump it out and I'm on my way.
Buy It! Stella & Dot Avalon Tote in Blush, $148; stelladot.com
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MAR Y SOL
Brittany Talarico, Senor Style Editor: This bag will make me feel like I'm strolling along the beaches of Greece, even though in reality I'll be strolling the beaches of Jersey Shore.
Buy It! Mar Y Sol Caracas Tote, $139; shopbop.com
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Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: Beach bags can get so grimy from the sand and the ocean that I never want to invest in one that can't hold up for the long haul. That's why I forgo frills for a no-nonsense sporty tote. This one is water resistant on the beach, and machine washable to get it spic and span when I get home.
Buy It! Eagle Creek sports tote, $65; eaglecreek.com
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Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: Don’t let the carefree floral print fool you: this tropical tote both looks pretty and serves a purpose. Constructed with durable nylon and a secure zipper, it’s actually waterproof, so can brave a wave or two while I splash around.
Buy It! Tommy Bahama Siesta Key Waterproof Beach Tote, $98; nordstrom.com
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Kaitlyn Frey, Style & Beauty Assistant: I don't get to the beach or pool nearly as often as I used to, so I can't rationalize spending over $30 on a beach bag. Lucky for me, with this American Eagle I won't need to. This canvas shoulder tote fits all my essentials -- towel, sunglasses, sunscreen and snacks -- and fits right in my budget.
Buy It! Aerie Squre Tote Bag, $29.95; ae.com
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FALLON & ROYCE
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: Living in New York City means that my beach days are limited, which is why I love this woven straw tote from Fallon & Royce. The white mini pom-poms are adorable and the netural hue means it will go with almost anything. I plan on pairing it with all my suits and summer dresses!
Buy It! Fallon & Royce Bag, $145; fallonandroyce.com