CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Turquoise drawstring bag with houndstooth trim, Salvatore Ferragamo (price on request). Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866- 8166; . Soho large shoulder bag in grape royal/roccia python, Gucci ($4,500). Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, 305-441-2004. Straw-beaded Glam tote, Valentino Garavani ($3,745). Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, 305- 865-1100. Blue leather bag, Versace ($2,195). Bal Harbour Shops, 305-864-0044.
A day on South Beach is all about transitional moments—from soaking up the sun to checking out what’s newly arrived on the racks at The Webster to cocktail hour on the eighth-floor rooftop at Soho Beach House’s Ocho. Chances are the last thing you want to lug around is the standard canvas beach tote. Why be practical when you can opt for posh? This is what leaped to mind upon viewing the Spring/ Summer collections and discovering just how many bags looked both positively beautiful and beach-friendly. And with the Swim shows fast approaching, you’ve got another reason to make a statement as you negotiate the golden sands next to The Raleigh. After all, standing out amid stylish A-listers is no day at the beach.