Before Hermès created her namesake handbag design, Jane Birkin had baskets. To honour her lasting style legacy, Vogue Scandinavia rounds up the very best raffia and woven bags for this summer
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Raffia bags are the quintessential summer accessory, and every year a new version appears to take the top-spot as the hot-weather staple of the season (just consider Prada's raffia tote which was slung over practically every tastemaker's shoulder last year).
The beauty of a woven bag lies within its bohemian charm, arguably boasted by its connotations to Jane Birkin, and as such, a relaxed natural elegance evocative of the French Riviera – carrying flowers or fruit in a structured basket while basking in the mediterranean sun. This season, however, the best raffia bags are boundless, going beyond be classic, shape to take the form of slouchy beach totes to chic cross-body styles to suit every taste– all while embracing the material's rustic charm.
Below, find our edit of the very best raffia bags to carry you through this summer – both on and beyond the beach:
Large raffia tote bags
The large raffia tote bag is an absolute must-have for summer, offering both functionality and style. Its spacious interior provides ample room for all your beach (or office) essentials, while its sturdy construction ensures durability. To style it, pair the large raffia tote with a flowy maxi dress and floppy sun hat for the ultimate 'OOO' look. Alternatively, team it up with tailored trousers, a crisp white shirt, and chunky sandals for a city-ready ensemble.
Cross-body raffia bags
A cross-body bag is an essential addition to any wardrobe, and even more so if rendered in raffia. Offering both practicality and style, its compact size and hands-free design make it perfect for on-the-go lifestyles. To wear it, lean into the day-time appeal and pair the cross-body raffia bag with a midi skirt slung low on the hips and a casual tank top. Whether you decide to top off the look with scrappy heeled sandals or a pair of sneakers is entirely up to you.
Should raffia bag
A capacious yet comfortable bag is all we require at the moment, especially if it can be elegantly slung over our shoulders. This is where the raffia shoulder bag steps in, offering a spacious design without compromising on style. Our choice of ensemble to wear the shoulder bag with? A structured, oversized blazer for a sophisticated city look completed with sleek loafers or block heels.
Top handle raffia bags
As far as raffia for celebratory outings go, the top handle style is our handbag of choice. Balancing a structured, sophisticated design with the woven raffia material, this style adds a touch of natural charm all while elevating a silky slip dress or a white cotton set. Whether you're attending a garden party or heading to a summer brunch, this versatile bag adds a touch of timeless sophistication to your wardrobe, making it a must-have for any fashion-conscious individual.