There’s no getting around one of this summer’s biggest bag trends: the basket bag. That’s right, the humble wicker basket has had a high fashion makeover, and become the must-have accessory spotted on any fashion influencer and celebrity worth their salt.
Celebrity fans include Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Emma Roberts, Maisie Williams and Olivia Palermo, while influencers like Tanya Burr, Laura Fantacci and Jenny Cipoletti all approve.
But if you thought this was a trend best kept to beach holidays, you’d be sorely mistaken. This accessory is one to proudly show off in the office as well as on the beach, as there’s a style to suit every occasion.
On the more pared-back side of things, you have simple round woven bags or wicker bucket baskets with minimal embellishments. These are ideal if paired with a statement dress, or even jeans and a striped shirt for effortless off-duty cool.
But if you’re looking to have a bit more fun (it is a fun trend after all), then the sky’s the limit. We have clutch style adorned with pom pomps, ribbons or gems in a plethora colours, the brighter ones being your ultimate holiday companion.
There are also slogan bags, which let’s face it, are Instagram gold. If cutesy details aren’t your bag (pun intended), then we suggest you focus on an intricate pattern instead. Think the Cult Gaia bamboo bag with its cool design.
Pick the right design and it’ll be wearable long after summer has gone, like Alexa above pairing hers with a white shirt dress, black tights and coat during London Fashion Week.
The key is make sure it’s in a neutral colour palette suitable for winter, and in a larger size to counter-balance the bigger winter clothes.
Whether you’re on a champagne or a prosecco budget, we’ve found the best designer and high street basket bags available to buy now.
We’re a little bit obsessed with this round basket bag. Wear with denim shorts and a striped t-shirt.
Shop now: Round woven bag for £84 from Wood/Grey
Update your poolside look this summer…
Shop now: EKO Wicker bag from Nanushka
The summer’s cult bag is back in stock.
Shop now: Wave Bag for £49 from Plümo