Basket bags are a summer essential—these are the editor-approved styles I love

The go-to accessory for the warmer weather.

Best basket bags
(Image credit: Getty)

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. 

If you're looking for a basket bag on a budget, never hear. The high street is full of fun styles that'll complement your favourite summer dress and pair of sandals to perfection.

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?

Shop the best basket bags to buy now

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.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.

With contributions from