It was one of last summer’s biggest trends, so you’d think we’d all have basket bag fatigue by now. But not so, because the humble wicker basket is back with a vengeance, cementing its status as the must-have accessory spotted on any fashion influencer and celebrity worth their salt.

On the catwalk, Loewe, Tory Burch, Ulla Johnson, Michael Kors et al made the case for woven totes in all shapes and colours.

Off the catwalk, the street style set (Jeanne Damas, Alexa Chung, Camille Charriere etc) was all over the Jane Birkin-inspired basket seen on the high-street at Zara and Mango.

If you’re finally ready to get on board with the trend, all you need to know is that 70s vibes are very much in, from the aforementioned Jane Birkin bag to circular woven totes and the now cult Japanese picnic basket bag championed by Cult Gaia and that has filtered down to the high street.

These more versatile designs are ideal paired with a cut-off jeans, a t-shirt and a blazer or a floaty floral dress.

But if you’re looking to have a bit more fun (it is a fun trend after all), then the sky’s the limit. We have clutch style adorned with pom poms, ribbons or gems in a plethora colours, the brighter ones being your ultimate holiday companion.

Pick the right design and it’ll be wearable long after summer has gone – the key is make sure it’s in a neutral colour palette suitable for winter, and in a larger size to counter-balance the bigger winter clothes.

Whether you’re on a champagne or a Prosecco budget, I’ve found the best designer and high street basket bags available to buy now.


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