A couple weeks ago, I read an article on Racked that noted straw baskets were all over Instagram. Even though I’m a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to that particular social network, writer Tanisha Pina was undeniably correct–the influencer set does seem to be favoring little basket bags at a rate higher than you’d expect of a set of people who generally like to flaunt their wealth. A lot of them are looking to indie brand Little Doe for $350 literal baskets, but big designer lines are also brimming with straw bags, ranging from actual wicker baskets to super-popular existing designs made from straw or materials that resemble it.

At first blush, straw might seem inherently non-luxurious, but the look works on the same principle as carrying a clutch during the daytime: if you’re doing it, your existence is one of capital-L Leisure, where toting a bag that’s a little silly or impractical won’t impede things. On top of it, as Pina points out at Racked, there’s a French-girl-at-the-market ease to a straw bag; it evokes ideas of someone whose whole life is chic without trying.

While a $4,000 designer straw bag might seem like a luxury made only for people who have run out of other things on which to spend their money (and, well: it is), the nice thing about the fancification of an everyday material is that there are still plenty of accessible options that achieve the same look. Below, check out both ends of the spectrum and start planning for spring.

Aerin Leather-Trim Straw Tote
$1,400 via Net-a-Porter

Balenciaga Bistrot Tote
$945 via Balenciaga

Chanel Crochet Flap Bag
$5,300 via Chanel

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Wicker Basket Tote
$3,395 via farfetch.com

Edie Parker Jane Wicker Shoulder Bag
$2,195 via Net-a-Porter

Eric Javits Squishee Demi Raffia Bag
$450 via Bloomingdale’s

Fendi Peekaboo Floral Raffia Bag
$6,100 via Neiman Marcus

Kayu St. Tropez Pom Pom Tote
$125 via Net-a-Porter

Little Doe Praia Basket Bag
$350 via Little Doe

Loewe Straw Hammock Bag
$2,450 via Saks

Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag
$4,800 via Louis Vuitton

Mark Cross Manray Rattan Bag
$2,095 via Net-a-Porter

Michael Kors Santorini Straw Shoulder Bag
$495 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Midollino Garden Flower Straw Tote
$1,970 via Neiman Marcus

Saint Laurent Raffia Shoulder Bag
$1,850 via Neiman Marcus

Sensi Studio Toquilla Straw Tote
$285 via Net-a-Porter

Sophie Anderson Cinto Raffia Tote
$335 via Net-a-Porter

Tory Burch Kensington Straw Bag
$295 via Tory Burch

Truss Stripe Woven Tote
$195 via Net-a-Porter

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melissa
melissa
6 years ago

350 for a wicker basket? lorddddddd

purses88
purses88
6 years ago

This literally is the French girl whimsically shopping look that has been brought to us by none other than the mother of the Birkin, Jane Birkin (pre-birkin era, obvi).

purses88
purses88
6 years ago

This is literally is the French girl whimisically shopping look brought to us by none other than French model Jane Birkin, mother of the Birkin (straw bags were pre-birkin era, obvi). comment image

girlscoutnocookie
girlscoutnocookie
6 years ago
Reply to  purses88

Yes the straw basket was indeed the original Birkin bag.

Millerette5
Millerette5
6 years ago
Reply to  purses88

LOVE love love

laura
laura
6 years ago

I love them all. I love straw bags and I would buy every single one of these.

Smithy
Smithy
6 years ago

Off topic — anyone know on the boards where you can ask for help to identify a bag?

Stephanie Durham
Stephanie Durham
6 years ago

This is one of my favorite trends and always has been. I wish they held up better or maybe that I had taken better care of the ones I’ve had before. These are all beautiful. The Chanel is “omg tdf” haha.

JHH
JHH
6 years ago

Though I would not characterize that Chanel bag as straw basket.

tess
tess
6 years ago

Straw dries out breaks etc etc. Love it but don’t pay more than $50 please!!

Doodles78
Doodles78
6 years ago

So twee

Sparkletastic
Sparkletastic
6 years ago

Nope. Too many great straw bags for a teeny bag. Plus, you won’t be able to give these away in 3 years.

Passerine
Passerine
6 years ago

No thanks. If I want a straw bag, I’ll head down to the Fair Trade store. Little Doe’s is the most outrageous of this bunch — it looks absolutely no different from the baskets for sale at our local charity shop — and those cost about $2.

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