In getting dressed these days, my colleague and the expert behind Vogue’s Spring 2021 accessory trend report said it best, “You don’t really need any accessories this season. But you will still want them.” And that certainly rings true for the beautiful handcrafted carryalls, market totes, and straw bags we saw throughout the spring collections. As of late, when there’s not much reason to carry a bag, a humble woven basket or netted shopper feels like a good choice. They’re practical and easy and will fit seamlessly into a laid back and relaxed spring/summer wardrobe. Plus, as the weather warms up and we spend more time outdoors—whether it be park picnics, beach strolls, or even a (fingers crossed!) getaway—these roomy and homespun handbags will make a wonderful companion.
There’s an elevated yet casual appeal to this season’s assortment of DIY-inspired totes. Macramé and net bags have been woven with leather instead of twine or yarn by the likes of Valentino, Fendi, and Tory Burch. While Altuzarra, Loewe, and Celine trimmed natural woven market totes with leather detailing and top handles for an elegant upgrade to the everyday bag. And when it comes to Anna Sui’s mini versions, the designer forgets straw altogether, opting for a more sustainable approach—her bags were cleverly knitted from recycled cotton t-shirts.
Get ahead of spring’s most coveted styles and shop the best market totes and straw bags—even if the only place you’ll wear them is the grocery store.
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