The 7 best basket bags to make it feel like summer

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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 French holiday to gather freshly baked baguettes and ruby red tomatoes, but fashion decided that basket bags were 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 released its now iconic basket bag the style had a wait list of over 1,000 ahead of its launch. 

Basket bags have quickly become a wardrobe essential, serving up a more playful (and indeed joyful) summer handbag that most, and whilst it might not be the obvious choice for life beyond holidays, the basket bag is much more versatile that you might think. 

Larger basket bag 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.

Our trip to the French Riviera might be postponed, but we’ll be taking our basket bags out to the supermarket for walks in the park and to carry our magazines into the garden for the foreseeable future.

Shop our edit of chic basket bags to wear now and forever.  

  • Loewe Paula's Ibiza

    Loewe Paula's Ibiza basket bag
    Best basket bags: Loewe Paula's Ibiza

    For those in the know, the only basket bag to wear in the warmer months is Loewe Paula’s Ibiza. This season, the classic basket shape gets a makeover via a more structured square aesthetic. Pack yours full of summer reading. 

    Shop basket bag, £395, Loewe 

  • AAKS

    Aaks Gore basket bag
    Best basket bags: AAKS

    With its bright colours and fringed detailing Aaks’ summer staple screams ‘good times’. 

    Shop bright basket bag, £210, Aaks 

  • Mango

    Mango basket bag
    Best basket bags: Mango

    Mango delivers a classic take on the basket bag, with double length straps this bag perfectly blends fashion and function. 

    Shop basket bag, £35.99, Mango

  • Nannacay

    Nannacay 'Ciao' basket bag
    Best basket bags: Nannacay

    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. 

    Shop ‘Ciao’ bag, £229, Nannacay

  • Dragon Diffusion

    Drgaon Diffusion orange woven bag
    Best basket bags: Dragon Diffusion

    Wear this bright and bold basket bag with a simple black summer dress for an effortless look. 

    Shop orange bag, £280, Dragon Diffusion 

  • & Other Stories

    & Other Stories basket bag
    Best basket bags: & Other Stories

    & Other Stories woven bag is braided with blue and white leathers to bring a gingham-like print to the piece. We’ll be pairing this with the simplest of white dresses. 

    Shop basket bag, £65, & Other Stories 

  • Jacquemus

    Jacquemus woven bag at Browns Fashion
    Best basket bags: Jacquemus

    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. 

    Shop woven bag, £330, Jacquemus at brownsfashion.com 

Opening image: Stella McCartney handbag by David Vail
Product imagery: courtesy of individual brands

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