When it comes to accessories, basket bags are without a doubt one of the absolute wardrobe basics to own. Whether you're going on holiday or not, even more so than beach bags, the item is a versatile style and also happens to be one of this summer's most enduring fashion trends.
For several seasons now, designer handbags such as the Loewe woven tote and Jacquemus' Le Panier have sold out as soon as they hit shelves, thanks to their fun and covetable twist on the otherwise classic holiday staple. Elsewhere, designers including Chloé and Saint Laurent also have some great options for this season.
Mango and & Other Stories are always a go-to for classic oversized woven totes, but if you're after something a little more trend-led or even an evening version of the staple then Zara and Arket are your best bet.
How to style basket bags:
When it comes to styling basket bags, you can't go wrong with paired-back, neutral outfits, though this season is all about dopamine dressing, so if you dare, do go for bold colours and embellishments.
Finally, don't be tempted to put your basket bags away once summer's over. If you pick the right design, it'll be wearable long after summer has gone. The key is to make sure you're going for a larger size to counter-balance the bigger winter clothes. Who doesn't love an accessory that works hard?
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We have searched high and low to bring you the best basket bags available from designer brands to high-street options. So if you're in the market to invest in the summer staple just keep scrolling.
Crafted in Spain from woven raffia, this basket bag is the latest addition to the Chloé Marcie collection and includes the brand's instantly-recognisable leather detailing.
For something a little different, try this Arket style. It is crafted from paper straw and detailed with a leather handle. It also features a twill lining made of recycled cotton, with a drawstring closure at the top.
Jonathan Anderson visited Paula's regularly on holidays to the White Isle as a child and has always loved its free-spirited, coastal way of life. This tote has been woven in Spain from braided raffia and features the house's 'Anagram' logo.
Made in Madagascar from natural raffia, this Rouje bag is a fun take on the trend with its red stripe pattern. The item is handmade and features Rouje's badge logo on the inside.
This French designer knows a thing or two about summer fashion. Hand-crafted from straw, the Jacquemus basket bag features a long handle and is offered in a silhouette that’s roomy enough to stash beach or picnic essentials.
Princess Beatrice was spotted sporting a Muuñ basket bag recently. The brand handcrafts its items in Ghana, and this bag in particular is made from elephant grass.
This oversize carryall is big enough to fit everything you'll need this summer. Equipped with an internal cotton lining, it will also make sure to keep your belongings safe.
Handcrafted from chevron raffia complemented by tan full-grain leather, the spacious interior features two mobile-sized slip pockets, while the long leather handles are the perfect length for wearing in the crook of your arm or over your shoulder.
Made from straw, Mint Velvet's take on the bucket bag features a fringed trim and contrast handle. The bag also comes with a longer strap if you'd like to wear the item cross body.
For true beachside chic Zimmerman's straw tote is the perfect partner. The macramé handles are designed to resemble underwater coral while the crisscross weave gives a modern feel.
Statement bags don't get better than this. Featuring a monochrome stripe print, monogramming and easy to carry leather handles, this bag can do no wrong.
Made from tightly woven leather strips, Dragon Diffusions basket bags are made to not only look great but last a lifetime too. Available in multiple colour ways including black and dark green, it'll make a stylish addition to your summer wardrobe.
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