The basket trend is back! 15 must-have straw bags to buy now

This woven style is no longer reserved just for the beach

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A straw bag is the must-have accessory of the summer.

Exceptionally stylish and extremely versatile, the basket bag is a must-have, and a great transition into your summer wardrobe (opens in new tab).

The humble wicker basket bag has quickly evolved from a quirky holiday purchase to a high-fashion investment piece, with a price point to match. Take the Loewe basket bag, the cult status raffia bag has become an icon in its own right.

Often seen adorning the arms of celebrities and influencers all over the world (and not just in the summer months), the classic Loewe basket bag (seen below in influencer Emma Hills Instagram post) sells out every spring.

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If you aren’t quite ready to splash the cash on a designer basket bag there are plenty more purse-friendly, yet equally stylish high street versions that will look great with your summer dresses (opens in new tab). From supersized styles to quirky handles and personalised monogramming, there's a basket bag for everyone.

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The evolution of the straw bag

The art of weaving bags from natural materials – dried grass or bamboo, for example – is millennia-old, with basketry techniques dating back at least to ancient Egypt.

Jane Birkin – who inspired one of the best designer bags around, the Hermès Birkin bag – remains most associated with the basket style when she made a picnic basket her signature accessory. In the late 1960s and early 1970s her trusted lidded basket bag was teamed with every outfit - talk about the ultimate basket bag #inspo.

Jane Birkin and the basket bag

Our favourite basket bags to shop now

Mango Jute Basket Bag

Mango Jute Basket Bag

£35.99, Mango

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Rae Feather Monogram Lucy Basket

Rae Feather Monogram Lucy Basket

£145, Rae Feather

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John Lewis Mix Falka Straw Bag

John Lewis Mix Falka Straw Bag

£65, Becksondergaard at John Lewis & Partners

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Zara Natural Raffia Basket Bag

Zara Natural Raffia Basket Bag

£29.99, Zara

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Anthropologie Bali Classic Tote

Anthropologie Bali Classic Tote

£80, Anthropologie

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Boden Cleopatra Straw Bag

Boden Cleopatra Straw Bag

£65, Boden

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H&M Straw shopper bag

H&M Straw shopper bag

£22.99, H&M

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LOEWE Palm Leaf Basket Bag

LOEWE Palm Leaf Basket Bag

£350, LOEWE 40 euros for every product sold will go to educational projects for children affected by COVID-19 between April and August 2020 in LOEWE stores and on loewe.com.

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Mango Coconut Palm Leaf Basket Bag

Mango Coconut Palm Leaf Basket Bag

£39.99, Mango

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John Lewis Raffia Straw Rectangular Bag

John Lewis Raffia Straw Rectangular Bag

£51.75 (was £69), Jigsaw at John Lewis & Partners

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& Other Stories Braided Leather Straw Bag

£65, & Other Stories

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Whistles Selby Straw Half Moon Bag

Whistles Selby Straw Half Moon Bag

£59.25 (was £79), Whistles

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H&M Round Jute Bag

H&M Round Jute Bag

£24.99, H&M

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Hush Nissi Striped Tote Bag

Hush Nissi Striped Tote Bag

£65, Hush

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Crew Clothing Round Straw Bag

Crew Clothing Round Straw Bag

£49, Crew Clothing

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Becky Joiner-O'Riordan

Becky Joiner-O'Riordan is a Senior Fashion Stylist & Writer. With 10 years experience in the fashion industry, she currently works across woman&home, womanandhome.com, Woman, Woman's Own, Woman's Weekly, Chat, goodto.com, and has previously worked on Harper's Bazaar, Notion and Now Magazine. 


After graduating from both the University of the Creative Arts and The Fashion Retail Academy with first-class honours she dipped her toes into the world of television styling working on This Old Thing, hosted by Dawn O’Porter and Channel 4’s live tv show series Gok Live: Stripping for Summer.