Loewe Paula's Ibiza

These basket bags will instantly give your outfits a summery facelift

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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 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.

Our trip to the French Riviera might have to wait until next year, but we’ll be taking our basket bags out to the park, the beer garden and beyond.

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

  • The Basket Room

    The Basket Room Small Natural Fringed Basket Bag
    The Drop: The Basket Room Small Natural Fringed Basket Bag

    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.

    Shop small natural fringed basket bag, £59, The Basket Room 

  • The Straw Basket Company

    The Straw Basket Company Personalised Leather Patch Straw Basket Bag
    The Drop: The Straw Basket Company Personalised Leather Patch Straw Basket Bag

    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.

    Shop personalised straw basket bag, £65, The Straw Basket Company 

  • 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’s woven tote. 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

    Designed and crafted in Ghana, Aaks’ bags are bold and bright summer staples which scream ‘good times’. 

    Shop bright basket bag, £210, Aaks 

  • Mango

    Mango basket bag
    Mango basket bag

    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, John Lewis & Partners

  • 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

    Dragon Diffusion Jane Birkin woven bag
    Dragon Diffusion Jane Birkin woven bag

    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 woven bag
    & Other Stories woven bag

    & Other Stories woven bag is the perfect accompaniment to wear with simple and chic white dresses.

    Shop basket bag, £65, & Other Stories 

  • Jacquemus

    Jacquemus basket bag
    Jacquemus basket bag

    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 Ssense

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

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