It used to be that straw bags were the epitome of tacky fashion, assigned to the ‘bad fashion’ choices your mum would make during the summer months or as an emergency beach bag used for suncream and a towel. Well, all that has changed in recent years with the likes of Olivia Palermo and Jessica Alba bringing the straw bag to the forefront as an essential summer accessory.
With this in mind, we’ve scoured the Looker app to find you all the inspiration you’ll need from our users to join Olivia and Jessica’s straw bag gang!
If you’re new to the trend then a classic tote bag is the most accessible way to introduce yourself to the accessory! Big enough to keep your purse, keys, phone and an emergency lippie in, this Zara tote spotted on Looker Steph is just the right size to replace your daytime handbag for summer. It’s also perfect for going from work to 2-for-1 cocktails!
If you’re planning a city break this summer, a cross-body bag is an absolute must for adventuring and this year there’s plenty of straw versions available to make sure you’re looking chic on the streets of Paris (or London, Barcelona or any city actually…). This Accessorize number looks great paired with jeans and a white tee á la Diaryofalondoner, plus the floral imprint means you’ll be rocking two trends in one while exploring – what’s not to love?!
Adding a pop of colour to the classic straw tote is another way to make sure you get your new arm-candy noticed! There’s a variety of options when it comes to colour, with the likes of Carolina Herrera and Marc Jacobs adding pastels to their recent straw accessories. We’re loving the black detail woven throughout Anna’s Tobi bag, a perfect neutral for summer – on trend but understated. All we need now is a beach to take it to!
Jane Birkin (the namesake of the infamous Hermés Birkin bag) is often credited as being the originator of the straw bag trend when she was photographed in the late 60’s carrying a wicker basket as a handbag. The idea soon caught on and it hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down since! Basket bags are still huge news for Spring/Summer 2018 and Looker have you covered if this is more your style. Looking every inch the modern Dorothy, Jessica styled up her Topshop basket bag with blue gingham giving us all summer style goals!
Expanding on the basket bag trend, Annie ups the style stakes with this oversized Topshop version – follow her lead and double up on trends by pairing with polka dots. It gives us total snake charmer vibes but in the best way possible! Another one that’s a surefire way to get you noticed while out and about enjoying the sun.
If you’re looking to splurge as a pay day treat, opt for Fransisca’s Cult Gaia bamboo bag! Available in 5 colours, the ‘Ark’ bag gained online fame after various celebs (Michelle Williams, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Emma Roberts et al) were pictured carrying the ‘luxury but affordable’ piece, becoming an instant sell out for the brand. Luckily, Ark is back in stock – be sure to snap one up to add an instant update to the classic shirt and jeans combo like Fransisca!
Will you be rushing out to take part in summers hottest accessory trend? Let us know how you decide to style up your straw bag on the Looker app!