Here are eight French-girl-approved straw bags to elevate your summer style! Whether it’s a market basket à la Jane Birkin, a raffia, a woven, or a rattan bag, something about a straw bag instantly signals summer. Being French, this warm-weather accessory reminds me of the glamorous style of the French Riviera (la Côte d’Azur).
If, in the past, straw bags have been traditionally reserved just for the beach, in recent years, they have made a comeback and are now considered a must-have summer accessory. Thanks to designers like Jacquemus, Chloé, and Loewe, straw bags go beyond the summer vacation wardrobe and are now worn everywhere as an everyday handbag.
Wear your favorite straw bag the French way with a white mini dress (I love this Farm Rio embroidered mini dress) with simple flat sandals (like these Isabel Marant Jools leather sandals) for a bohème-chic look. Or, with an elegant long dress in vibrant hues and a chic pair of espadrilles (I love these Castaner Chiara 80 espadrilles) for a simple yet sophisticated look, perfect for a wedding or a summer soirée.
8 French-Girl-Approved Straw Bags
This season, straw bags incorporate details like chain straps and leather accents, making them more polished than the classic floppy beach bag. And if large ones are great as totes to go to the food market, the beach, or shopping, smaller ones make a great everyday handbag for when the weather heats up.
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My favorite this season is the Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza medium leather-trimmed woven raffia tote —which has become a cult piece thanks to its elegant nonchalance. Keep scrolling below to see (and shop) my edit of the chicest straw bags to carry around this summer, no matter where you’re headed.
From top left to bottom right:
- Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza Petal basket raffia tote bag
- Sézane Justine basket
- Longchamp Le Panier Pliage basket bag
- Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza leather-trimmed raffia bucket bag
- Chloé Marcie medium raffia basket bag
- Isabel Marant Cadix medium leather-trimmed raffia tote
- Polène Yké bag
- Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza medium leather-trimmed woven raffia tote
Leonce is the founder and editor of Leonce Chenal, a lifestyle platform launched in 2018. Originally from France, Leonce offers a fresh perspective that comes from her experience at top tech companies in Paris and London. Having spent several years in Paris and now residing in Amsterdam, she combines her professional expertise with a personal passion for French and Parisian styles. Leonce is committed to guiding her readers through the intricacies of Parisian chic, empowering them to embrace the elegance and sophistication of French style.