Best Bet: Casbah Tote

When you’re heading to a park, beach, or backyard barbecue, it’s best to leave your leather handbag at home. The Casbah tote offers an eye-catching, cheery take on the typical summer bag in vibrant rose and turquoise prints. The durable totes are made of supersoft, lightweight terry cloth and are oversize (17" by 25"), so you can cram them full of towels, beach reads, snacks, or beer. And though it's considerably better looking than your usual canvas tote, you can still throw it around at the airport or the beach and toss it in the wash afterward.

Casbah Tote, $120 each at Calypso or online.