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Humble no more: The Woven Bag
Jasmine Smith | 06 November 2017

The fail-safe of the season comes in the form of the humble woven bag.

From tiny, rounded-top-handle bags to teeny crossbody picnic baskets - from newly discovered brands like Bembien or cult classics like Chanel - this kitchy trend is one that has fast become one of the most coveted styles to hit the scene this year.

Rising notably last Summer on all Social Media streams, the TasteMakers of Instagram seemed to overrun pictorial streams with this basket bag trend. There seemed to be a new straw tote covered in neon pompoms or a rattan woven clutch with a shoulder strap with nearly every thumb scroll on the fashion-forward platforms.

Now the popularity of the playful basket-weave bags continues - not only on Social Media but also on the catwalks of Fashion’s most notable names.  From tiny woven and leather trimmed bags by Balenciaga to J.Crew much larger and traditional wicker tote the trend has made its way from high-street fashion to luxe designers without skipping a beat - giving shoppers of all budget a chance to indulge in the continuation of this summery trend.

With its low-brow material creating a rustic vibe, straw might seem as far from luxurious as one can get.  But take it from Chanel - it is the modern way to incorporate huge amounts of carefree and stylish ease into an outfit. 

A straw bag is this season’s fail-safe.

Opt for a woven hand-held basket, a tote or an oversized shopper-styled-bag, and whichever style you choose, it is sure to be an option that works for all occasions from a casual springtime stroll to a dinner date.

Wanting to wear this trend with graceful ease?

Here are two tips that will work for you no matter what style of weave you choose:


White works in well with the Summery simplicity of the woven bag.  It adheres to the seasonally fresh vibe while allowing beautiful amounts of modern simplicity to rein.  Choose anything from a classic white shirt to a structured white dress with fluted hem to a pair of cropped white flairs to accompany your wicker bag of choice and you’ll be stepping out in Instagram-worthy amounts of style!


The casual nature denim resonates beautifully with the equally un-restricted, easy-going nature of straw bags.  Pair your newly purchased woven tote, clutch or bucket bag with your go-to-favourite denim and you’ll be immediately on-trend and comfortably so.


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