Choosing the correct handbag to match your summer ensembles can be tricky. Black bags (which make up most of our collections) can often feel too drastic set against the breezier fabrications of summer clothes. Of course, you can always opt for tan bags, which feel tenfold more appropriate for the warmer months, but with most of those being of the leather variety, they too can look too heavy against lighter colours. This is ultimately why fashion people carry straw and raffia basket bags all spring, summer, and even into autumn.
The straw-bag obsession can be traced all the way back to 2016 when top-handle wicker bags—the sort that Jane Birkin used to carry—started gaining traction. Fast-forward six years, and straw bags are still going strong, with the likes of Loewe and Saint Laurent cementing their It-bag status with covetable iterations of their own.
Still, you needn’t have a designer budget to get your hands on one of the best straw bags out there this season. It might surprise you just how many different retailers are on board with the trend. Whether it be independent brands like Muuñ or high-street staples like Mango and Arket, suffice to say there’s a straw bag out there to suit you.
The best bit? A straw bag can completely transform your overall look. In seconds flat, a simple outfit suddenly feels very Parisian with the addition of a basket by your side. And who doesn’t want that? Scroll on to see and shop the best straw bags for spring and beyond.
This is a classic from the high street.
I love this chic navy version.
Muun does beautiful basket bags.
This is the style of summer 2022, but it will be cool way after the season ends.
This would be great on beach holidays as well as at home.
The black straps means this will also work way into autumn.
The removable crossbody strap makes this high street style really easy to wear.
Brand new for 2023, this investment piece will elevate all your warm-weather outfits for years to come.
If you’re looking for a really premium style, choose Bottega every time.
COS has the best bags on the high street IMO.
The summer version of Arket’s sellout buckle bags.
I love how roomy this one is.
This feels so cool and modern worn as a slouchy crossbody.
I love the 90s vibe of this slouchy tote that can be worn across the body as well.
A style you can wear all winter very easily.
You can throw so much in this larger style.
This is chic but still practical.
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