Causal summer fashion fibres – no.1 bag

A wander along any high street or a browse of your top five fashion websites right now will no doubt inundate you with floaty florals, boho basics to linens for your summer.  And for these relaxed dresses, casual tops and trousers, there is one bag which is a match for them all!

Welcome the woven bag; be it straw, bamboo or any cross stitched fibre.  No longer spotted just on a warm day at the beach.  These bags are getting their own attitude and are coming in various shapes, sizes and budget.  Here are the top picks for looking elegantly casual with most of your relaxed summer outfits:

From Mango – Have you ever heard the saying ‘bold as bamboo’?

Casual summer fabrics - the woven bags

No, neither have I, however, Mango delivers these bamboo bags that will catch the eye.  And when it comes to bamboo, the Balinese know what they are doing and Mango have selected some designs that have been hand-made in these Indonesian islands.  All of these are under £90!

From John Lewis – they have over 20 designs with handy delivery options

Casual summer fabrics - woven bags

The ‘never knowingly undersold’ brand has every type of bag in its 20 woven bag collection.  From clutches with hand-stitching, top handle bags to the classic totes in nearly every summer colour.

From House of Fraser – to go for a more eclectic woven design

Casual summer fabrics - woven bags

With just under 20 bags to choose from, HoF will surprise you.  Think different shapes and colours.  I love this bag in the middle above, which will work the classic navy and white monochromatic summer outfit.  It just so happens that the shortlist of woven bags are all for under £100.  Kerching!

From Harvey Nichols – if your budget is more flexible and you have a favourite designer

Woven bags at Harvey Nichols

Straw at Harvey Nichols

The selection of woven bags (top row) which 4 of 7  are shown here, have your evening bag and smart day time covered.  The 4 straw bags have the soft neutral and pastels matches.   The designers range from Stella McCartney, Marni, Proenza Schouler to Kate Spade and Loeffler Randall.

So when it comes to the woven bag, don’t just take it for a day out at the beach.  When popping on a linen suit, long floating maxi dress or boho chic, reach for one of these!

Happy summer bag shopping!



Photo credit: thanks to tamaki kato on Unsplash

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