Basket bags that will add effortless sophistication to your outfit whatever the weather.
Basket bags might have been previously reserved for sojourns to the local market on your Provencal holiday to gather freshly baked baguettes and ruby red tomatoes, but fashion has decided that they’re so good, they should be used as much more than just your holiday go-to accessory.
Since appearing first on the spring/summer 2018 catwalks some basket bags have garnered cult-like status. When Loewe first released its now iconic basket bag in 2014, the tote had a wait list of over 1,000 ahead of its launch. And the appetite for a handy basket bag is just as real seven years later; according to Lyst, searches for the woven totes are up 88% since the start of June.
Larger styles look great with tonal biscuit, cream and camel colours. Wear yours with linen tailoring and chic cotton separates for an effortless daytime uniform. For those wanting a more eclectic feel, mix up your fabrics by wearing raffia accessories with luxe leathers and silks. Structured, smaller bag styles look great with printed midi-dresses, washed-out denim jeans or longline skirts, while quirky shapes work best with pretty pastel pieces.
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Shop our edit of chic basket bags to wear now and forever.
The Basket Room
This vegan, plastic-free fringed bag is woven from natural, undyed sisal fibres by a small cooperative of female artisan weavers in Kenya, which allows them to support their families with a flexible income in the dry seasons when subsistence farming doesn’t supply enough food.
The Straw Basket Company
Made from woven palm leaves, this straw bag will fast become a summer stable. Emboss the leather patch with your chosen initial or monogram it in gold for a more luxe look.
Loewe Paula's Ibiza
For those in the know, the only basket bag to wear in the warmer months is Loewe Paula’s Ibiza’s woven tote. This season, the classic basket shape gets a makeover via a more structured square aesthetic. Pack yours full of summer reading.
Designed and crafted in Ghana, Aaks’ bags are bold and bright summer staples which scream ‘good times’.
Mango delivers a classic take on the basket bag, with double length straps this bag perfectly blends fashion and function.
Handmade by artisans in Peru, Nannacay’s woven bags have been seen on the arms of street style’s favourite stars. We love the brand’s playful take on classic designs.
Wear this bright and bold basket bag with a simple black summer dress for an effortless look.
& Other Stories
& Other Stories woven bag is the perfect accompaniment to wear with simple and chic white dresses.
Jacquemus is known for its accessory offering, after all they are the brand behind that micro bag and those maxi raffia totes. Sitting in a happy middle between the two is this pretty pink basket bag with leather pocket and long leather straps, an investment piece for sure.
Opening image: Stella McCartney handbag by David Vail
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