Summer style tends to depend upon holiday wear, but given the Coronavirus and resulting lockdown, this summer’s hottest fashion accessory was never going to have much to do with far flung beaches, pool-side style or shell-embellished accessories.
No, in this strangest of years, when your local park is just as likely to be the place to be seen as San Tropez or Ibiza, it’s the humble picnic basket that has inspired one of the summer’s hottest fashion items.
It’s a good job then that we’ve got so many great examples to choose between. From woven totes to fringed raffia, there really is something to suit every taste – and we’ve searched high and low to bring you the pick of the bunch – regardless of price.
2019 saw the handbag shrink to miniscule sizes. French designer Jacquemus continued his one man love affair with the mini bag, and before you knew it we were all coveting bags so small that they were already bulging with a stick of lipstick and a few pieces of gum.
This is the year of the picnic, however, and the basket bag is the perfect accompaniment to all of your outdoor adventures. It not only fits hand in glove with our new version of normal, but it is versatile enough to be a staple of every woman’s wardrobe for years to come.
This year’s vessel for transporting blankets, drinks, and food could just as easily morph into next year’s stylish beach bag, for example.
But where can I get my hands on this year’s hottest trend, I hear you ask. Well, start at H&M for minimalist style with an equally understated price tag, or why not check out Soleil Bazaar for a statement colour handcrafted by artisans?
Alternatively, you could stay in vogue with Loewe’s addition to the basket bag trend (if you can get your hands on one), or, if you are feeling really cashy, why not splash out on Altuzarra’s ocean-blue raffia tote?
Here’s our guide to the best basket bags currently on the market: