Straw bags used to be reserved purely for day trips to the beach, but over the last few years they’ve become somewhat of a fashion icon and must-have accessory. No longer resigned to the summer wardrobe, straw bags are starting to make an appearance all over fashion blogs and Instagram accounts no matter the time of year. You may think it tricky to style up a typically summer accessory with anything other than a maxi dress and pair of sliders, but the relaxed style and imperfect shapes are perfectly suited to pretty much every kind of look (bar a full on winter parka and pair of wellies.) My collection of basket bags and straw holdalls is ever expanding, and their role has definitely started to spill over into different seasons, so if you’re not on-board with the trend quite yet here’s why I think everyone needs to invest in a straw basket bag this coming season…
THEY’RE AS NEUTRAL AS IT COMES
There’s something so universal about the tone of straw that seems to go with absolutely everything; you don’t have to think about whether the colour palette is complementary, or if the structure goes with your look, because a basket bag literally goes with everything. If you’ve got an outfit that’s also a bit tricky to accessorize (like this gorge Zara checked midi) or find the right tones to match, then a basket bag is just the ticket. Effortless.
THEY CAN DRESS DOWN A LOOK
If you’ve got a really sleek outfit that you want to take down a notch, or a little black dress you don’t want to seem formal, a basket bag is just what you need to relax the overall vibe. The texture of the material keeps it fun and lighthearted, without needing to opt for a backpack. (Check out how I styled one up with a black dress and trench here.)
THEY’RE TOTALLY ON-TREND
There’s a reason these bags are all over the high street, online and across your social channels – they’re so on-trend it hurts. Even high end designers such as Prada, Gucci and Kate Spade are getting in on the action this year, but there’s no need to spend a fortune if you don’t need to. Topshop, ASOS, River Island, TK Maxx and even Not On The High Street have a fab range to choose from.
THEY’RE SUPER ROOMY
Worried about fitting everything you need for your day into a holdall? A basket bag gives you so much room that you won’t know what to do with it… Plenty of space for your essentials, plus anything else you fancy taking out with you.
THE MATERIAL IS LIGHTWEIGHT
Unlike some of my other totes, which end up causing me serious shoulder pain, basket bags are super lightweight by their very nature. They’re comfortable to carry, practical to sling over an arm or even wear cross-body, meaning you won’t feel bogged down or uncomfortable. Great for those of us with self-inflicted historic bag injuries!
THEY CAN BE SUPER AFFORDABLE
Like anything, there is a huge spectrum of price points that range from cheap as chips Primark numbers right up to a two grand Prada deluxe version; but the great thing about the material and the ease of making them is that they are generally pretty darn affordable. The one I’m using in these pics is a £25.00 steal from Topshop, but Next have some great similar versions for £38.00 if you fancy an upgrade; TK Maxx have an incredible selection that start at a tenner and come in a multitude of sizes and designs, meaning you can even pick two or three!
THEY LOOK JUST AS GOOD TATTY
I’m a big fan of clothes and accessories that just get better with age (or at least don’t start to look tired when they’re actually a bit tired.) Like a great Mulberry or Chanel, most straw basket bags actually look just as good when you’ve used them a good few times – it just adds to the rustic and relaxed feel.
So get on board with this trend as the weather warms up, and you’ll be the hottest babe strutting her stuff on the high street. (Scroll down for some of my faves handpicked for you!)
Are you a fan of basket bags? Have you spotted any great ones so far this season?
Zara Checked Midi Dress | £39.99 | LINK
Superga White Plimsols | £50.00 | LINK
Topshop Circle Basket Bag | £24.00 | LINK
SOME OF MY FAVE BASKET BAGS
Photos Taken By Kaye Ford: www.fordtography.co.uk
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