Here are the best French market baskets to shop for! The French market basket is a convenient bag originally used by French women to hold fruits and vegetables bought from their local farmer’s market. It’s definitely a French summer wardrobe staple and one of the essentials that define French-girl vacation style!
For the little story, it’s one of the “it-girls” of the 70s, Jane Birkin, who made the French market bag famous worldwide. Nowadays, the French market basket is a French summer wardrobe basic that is seen everywhere: from the streets of Paris to the most beautiful beaches of the French Riveria. And this trend is definitely here to stay!
The Best French Market Baskets For Every Occasion
Easy to carry and versatile, French women generally have different shapes and sizes of market basket bags depending on their use. French women can use their market bags either for shopping, picnics, days at the beach or simply as an everyday handbag in summer. Also, either filled with rolled guest towels or with blankets, the French market basket bag can also make an unusual linen storage basket around the home.
There are plenty of shapes and sizes to choose from, and I’m sure you’ll find one that suits your needs —small or large, long or short handles, striped or plain—. And even if you cannot travel to France this summer, there are many sources online to find the perfect French market basket! Keep scrolling below to shop the best French market baskets for every occasion (and every budget), from Sézane, Shopbop, Etsy, and more.
1. For The Farmer’s Market
The French market basket is the perfect bag to go to your local farmer’s market or to the grocery store! Indeed, it’s a very convenient bag and a good alternative to plastic carrier bags. Made of palm fiber and leather for the rim and handle, this type of bag is not only more practical and environmentally friendly but also a whole lot better looking.
You should opt for a large market basket if you want to use it as a chic reusable grocery bag. If your budget allows I’ll recommend the Tory Burch Ella Straw Basket Tote, the Loewe Basket straw tote bag, or the Chloe Marcie Leather & Raffia Tote. This French basket bag from Etsy and this Mango basket bag with braided straps are great as well and cheaper alternatives.
2. For Shopping
A French market basket tote is the perfect bag to go on shopping! This bag is very practical as it can carry all your daily essentials while simply making your summer outfit look classic and very chic. My favorite French market totes are the Sézane Gaby Weaved Bag and the Vanessa Bruno Large Cabas Bag. If your budget allows the Saint Laurent Panier Basket Tote is a must!
3. For The Beach
On vacation, French women generally limit themselves to only one big straw bag that works as hand luggage, everyday handbag, and beach bag. And when going to the beach, the French market basket is the perfect accessory to carry all your beach essentials (sunscreens, swimwear, cover-ups, etc.). This season, I have this gorgeous Vanessa Bruno Medium Cabas Bag on my wishlist. This H&M Tasseled Beach Bag is a great option as well.
4. For Everyday
Finally, it’s very easy to clean your market basket bag! Just take your bag outside and shake out any dirt (or sands) that may still be crawling around. If you’re going to the farmer’s market, I really recommend adding some newspaper at the bottom of the bag in order to avoid some fruits and vegetables that are slightly wet to dirty the bag.
And you, how do you use your French market basket bag? Which one do you wear on repeat this summer? I would love to have your thought! Please add your comment below.
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Bonjour! I’m Leonce, a French native and the founding editor of Leonce Chenal, a modern lifestyle platform for lovers of everything French. With my previous experience working for top tech companies in London and Paris, I created this platform in 2018 to offer discerning Francophiles an authentic experience through carefully curated content about French fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. Merci for visiting, and à bientôt!