Goodwill Gems: Totally Totes for Summer

Did someone say picnic? Whether your fav lunch spot is Central Park or a meadow upstate, summer calls for a carry-all that’ll let you whisk from granite to greenery whenever the whim strikes and the weather agrees. A Good Look’s Lauren Haslett headed to her local Goodwill to find the best bags to come with and landed upon her newest Goodwill Gem: the summer tote.

This straw bag will hold everything you need to stay looking and feeling fabulous all summer long!

Still looking for the perfect bag to hold all your summer swag? Try this sweet little number (or one just like it), which I snagged this weekend at my local Goodwill. This pretty straw bag with a brightly striped lining is as cute as can be, and it’s also the ideal size to stash all your summertime essentials (day planner, wallet, lip gloss, the fixings for an incredible picnic…).

With the tote’s structured interior space and handy side pockets, it will never fail to keep you effortlessly organized as you flit from beach party to barbecue to…whatever else the summer social season might throw your way. So how to best pull off the timeless straw tote?

You can balance the seasonal look by keeping the rest of your outfit modern and fresh. Try a sheath dress or cropped slacks in white or a pastel and a pair of stylish, jewel-encrusted sandals.

What's the perfect compliment to a summer tote? Why, the sundress of course!

But for the most summertime fun, play up the old-fashioned, gal-around-town look by pairing this purse with a sweet floral frock in a crisp lightweight cotton, like the one above. Polish the outfit by adding a pair of retro-inspired shoes with a rounded toe (or peep-toe) and a stacked heel. And, of course, there’s not better way to finish off this easy breezy style than with a structured summer tote. Now… off to the picnic, tote in tow!

What Goodwill gem have you found lately? Tell me about it in the comments here, share a photo on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. I love seeing your style, so keep us posted! Stay classy, New York & New Jersey!


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