It’s no secret that athletic brands out of Australia are killing it—their beachy, feel-good vibes translate into bold activewear pieces and even cuter accessories. (Think: Lorna Jane, L’Urv, and Running Bare.) One of my favorite trends from Down Under? Bags made out of scuba material, a.k.a. neoprene.
Besides getting me daydreaming about exotic beachfront locales, bags made from neoprene are often machine-washable, water-resistant, and stretchy enough to fit whatever you’re trying to pack into them. As someone who’s always hustling from the gym, to work, to weekends away on the lake or at the beach, those are all pretty much requirements for the bag I choose to carry.
The first time I laid eyes on a scuba-inspired bag was when I was researching for new gym bag stories and stumbled across a hot pink neoprene backpack by The Upside (which, sadly, is no longer available). Since that moment almost two and a half years ago, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of using the fabric in bags. The backpack style was simple, yet chic, and looked like it could go from the beach, to the gym, to the office.
Luckily, I’m not the only person who is obsessed. Many U.S.-based brands (as well as more Aussie brands) have caught onto the trend and now, I’m seeing so many different shapes and sizes of neoprene bags everywhere I look. From totes to backpacks to satchels, the options are endless.
Here are nine I’m lusting after right now.
Tory Sport Neoprene Tote, $249
Don’t let this image fool you—this bag is quite large (as evidenced by its size slung over the model’s shoulder in the photo above). The water-resistant bag is trimmed with leather, and it comes with a matching wristlet (gotta love a good two-for-one deal).
Sweaty Betty All Sport Tote, $88
The roomy interior can carry just about everything you’ll need for the day—or even an overnight stay if you’re heading out of town. The deep oxblood color makes this a great bag for transitioning into fall, too.
State of Escape Escape Bag, $299
The white perforated scuba material will inspire you to fill this bag with a bathing suit, towel, and some sunscreen and hit the beach. It’s an oversized bag, so there’s plenty of room for the essentials, and then some.
Adidas Originals Night Backpack, $160
Designed by the people who make the ultra-cool NMD sneakers, this backpack is definitely chic. I would definitely carry it to the gym and use it to stash my work items with an easy-access outside pocket.
Prene Bags The Sorrento, $100
I’m really digging the deep blue color (it’s available for preorder now), but the bag comes in a few other hues, too. And the best part about it is that it’s machine washable! So when I inevitably spill or plop my bag down on the floor and get it dirty, I’d be able to clean it right away.
State of Escape Cityscape Mark II Bag, $339
The handles on this bag are made of sailing rope and run down the sides of the bag, meaning you can really fill it up without worrying about it busting at the seams. Plus, the sleek silhouette makes this look more like an all-around tote than something that just belongs on the beach.
Sweaty Betty All Sport Backpack, $115
The scuba material allows this backpack to stretch as you stuff it with spin shoes, water bottles, and a change of clothes for after class. The top flap snaps down, but if you really overstuff it (which, for me, happens on the reg) you can leave it standing tall.
Athleta Neoprene Perforated Tote, $46
While most of my wardrobe is black, white, or navy, I love that this bag comes in a deep green color. The small pouch attaches with a carabiner meaning I can store all my necessities and just unclip it and take it with me when I swap bags—that’s the kind of convenience we all need and deserve.
2(X)IST Scuba Convertible Backpack, $63
This also comes in a darker charcoal gray, but I love the heather gray—it’s almost white, but if I get it a little dirty, it’s hard to notice. The dual-mesh pockets on the side of the bag are ideal for storing little things like Chapstick, sunglasses, and deodorant.
Model Alle Johnson wears P.E. Nation For the Count Crop (PE-Nation.com, $99) and Mr. Big Shot Leggings (PE-Nation.com, $99) and is carrying a Tory Sport Neoprene Tote (Torysport.com, $249).