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Au Naturale: The It Bags of Summer

June 22, 2018

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Photo Courtesy of Bloomingdale’s

From raffia to rattan, we’ve never met a woven handbag we didn’t like. There’s a reason natural woven bags are popping up EVERYWHERE. The coveted handbags are bringing fashion back to basics, with simple materials that are light in weight yet heavily on trend.  From frilly pom pom embellishments to intricate embroidery, there’s a purse for every summer event.

 Brilliant & Boxy  

Summer days are quite the picnic. Dress for the perfect outdoor occasion with a picnic basket-inspired crossbody. Coastal living has never been sweeter than with one of these petite woven bags. Mix leather and thick, woven straw while donning Michael Kors’ ‘Malibu’ straw bag. For an authentic straw box bag that’s handmade in Bali, add Urban Outfitters ’70s-inspired structured crossbody to your closet.

Malibu Woven Straw Crossbody Bag at Michael Kors, $198

Straw Structured Crossbody Bag at Urban Outfitters, $49.00

Enchanted Embroidery

Nude straw bags might be all the rage, but there’s nothing more iconic than a detailed embroidered handbag. Step up a simple trend with a colorful statement by adopting an intricately embellished handbag for your collection.  Topshop’s eco-friendly embroidered bag is made from 70 percent paper while featuring an  understated bamboo handle. For a splurge, Prada’s elegant cahier straw and calf leather bag becomes more elegant with every brightly-hued stitch.

Embroidered Bamboo Tote Bag at Topshop, $52

Cahier Straw and Calf Leather Bag at Prada, $2,950

Pom Pom Perfection

Dare to adorn. Natural handbags and pom pom ornaments are a match made in style heaven. Bedeck a woven bag with a dangling pom pom embellishment. The Kayu ‘Serena’ round tote features a complementary repetition with its circular pom poms in coordinating colors. For dramatic flair, the pom pom garland on Nannacay’s tote is a playful ode to artisan crafts.

Kayu ‘Serena’ Round Tote at Bloomingdale’s, $164

Nannacay Roge Pom-Pom Small Tote at Bloomingdale’s, $207

Circular Sensations

Say hello to the round bags making waves around the world. Circular woven handbags make a huge statement in your wardrobe. Pair these fun shapes with your favorite maxi dress or seasonal romper. Cult Gaia, the brand behind the original ‘Arc’ bamboo bag, strikes again with the transparent ‘Stella’ bag. Toss in your sunglasses and sunny day essentials into the spacious sack. Feeling more private? J. Crew’s black circle crossbody is a sturdy staple that pairs well with any look.

Cult Gaia ‘Stella’ Round Straw Bag at Nordstrom, $328

Black Circle Straw Crossbody Bag at J. Crew, $128

Bright & Bold

Who said natural handbags had to be plain? Bring summer to life with a statement bag that’s just as vibrant as South Florida’s culture. Zara’s multi-colored woven basket bag adds a rainbow of opportunities with an optional crossbody strap. Raise the volume even louder with Diane von Furstenberg’s dynamic raffia fringe bag, borrowing inspiration from the Caribbean islands.

Multicolor Woven Basket Bag at Zara, $45.90

Raffia Fringe Crossbody at Diane von Furstenberg, $299

Structural Stunners

Wearing a flowing frock? Add a compelling contrast with a structural bamboo handbag. Steve Madden’s Bshipper bag is understated and elegant enough for any outfit. Add some charm with a tassel-adorned statement like Vince Camuto’s ‘Bayne’ bag.

Bshipper Bag at Steve Madden, $68

Vince Camuto ‘Bayne’ Bamboo Handbag at Nordstrom, $98

Trendy Totes

Sweet and petite woven bags might be the trend of the moment, but some of us enjoy a bag that’s just as useful as it is beautiful. If you’re the type of gal who enjoys the utility of a large handbag, there’s an array of bigger and bolder purses to fit your needs. Say “ciao” to spring with a vibrant tote bag that helps speak your mind. For a luxurious carryall, easily fit your essentials in a large woven tote from Gucci or Carolina Herrera. Who’s ready for the beach?

I.N.C. Lunaa Ciao Pom Pom Straw Tote at Macy’s, $79.50

Straw Large Top Handle Tote at Gucci, $1,290

Woven Handbag at Carolina Herrera; Price Available Upon Request

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