Time for some more of that hard-hitting journalism you’ve come to expect on IWYTK (I jest of course, please register to vote and all that before you read this). You’ve probably noticed a certain kind of wicker bag taking over your timelines recently. At first I was pretty sceptical. I always thought that I needed all singing, all dancing handbags with plenty of pockets and this option just seemed all kinds of impractical. However there was also the side of me that liked the beachy vibes and touch of nostalgia they added to a look. I basically had to choose between looking oh so SS17 or constantly wondering where my keys were.
I’ve done some serious research (well, used my bag for three days) and thought I’d give an insight into whether they’re just for show or actually worth using. Even though I love a bit of frivolous fashion, it does help if your bag can be more than a flatlay prop. I thought I’d weigh things up and share some styles I’ve found, just in case you’re considering one for your Summer wardrobe.
Photos by Sade
Yay for baskets!
They’re so SS17 – Be prepared for compliments wherever you go and if you’re wearing gingham as well, then well done you. It really depends on how important being ‘on trend’ is for you. My defence is that the textile-obsessive in me finds palm leaves, wicker and bamboo quite fascinating as materials. There are certain restrictions and it makes a change to carry something a little more sculptural (Cult Gaia is a cool example of this). They also add a bit of a carefree, always-on-holiday edge to an outfit.
They’re affordable – Who needs Gucci when you can pick one of these up for less than £30? The brand doesn’t tend to matter as they can look pretty anonymous and vary depending on where they originate from. Most of the Etsy sellers I’ve found tend to source from Portugal, Morocco and Indonesia, which allows for some exciting variations. If you see something a bit different whilst on holiday then by all means, snap it up (and grab me one too please)!
It doubles up as homeware – I probably don’t need any more random storage options but at least the shape of mine means that it can slot in easily anywhere. I can rest this on top of my shoes or hang it off the back of the door and it looks looks like part of a Coveteur spread.
Basket Buyer Beware
You will be worried about it breaking – I was pleasantly surprised by how much I could fit in mine and did a bit of a tardis-style demonstration (basically I had enough stuff to start my own branch of Boots). However. it is easy to be lulled into a false sense of security. I can fit my DSLR and vlogging camera in there but I try to me mindful and give it a break every so often. It’s better to keep it for days when you don’t need to carry a lot of stuff.
It can be painful – As expected the handle can rub a little if you carry it in the crook of your arm and it can be annoying if you’re used to a cross-body style. There can also be a few splinters. My tip is to shop around and really consider the details. Some of the High Street versions take practicality into account with linings and comfy straps but then the independent brands are more authentic.
You can’t find anything – Do you constantly worry that you’ve lost your Oyster card? Join the club. My tip is to keep any important items in a separate pouch, that acts as a pocket.
Are you planning to buy into the basket bag trend? I’ve been eyeing up this rattan style, for research purposes obviously. I’ll be sharing more details about my hair soon!
I’ve listed some of my fave Etsy finds though be sure to check shipping prices!