Beach bags and accessories are often an overlooked part of your holiday packing list. Too often we focus all of our attention on our night-time outfits, bikinis and cover-ups. But what we all forget is that getting the perfect beach bag can add the finishing touches to your outfit. Fashion blogger Kristabel of I Want You To Know knows just how to style this season’s hottest trend: the basket/straw bag. Because she nails this trend so effortlessly, Kristabel is on the blog to advise you on the top 6 beach-friendly basket bags out there right now.
“You may have noticed a few more straw bags on your Instagram feed this SS18 and when I first spotted the trend, I was pretty sceptical. How could these wicker creations hold all of my worldly possessions? Surely they’re impractical and will be even worse when it comes to finding my keys?
Eventually I was won over after seeing a few bloggers style them, adding an effortless ‘I’ve-just-been-on-holiday’ touch to any outfit. There’s so many variations and the knitwear designer in me loves to see crafty textures and weaving techniques take centre stage. It also helps when brands add useful details, such as linings and pockets to prevent any keys being lost. There’s now a style out there for everyone.
If you’re not able to bring one back from your holidays, then here’s a few High Street picks to consider. Now cross your fingers for continued sunshine.
This slouchy Mango bag has been spotted on the likes of Instagram star Lucy Williams and is a great all-rounder for your hols. It’s large enough to fit any essentials you need for the beach and the woven cotton construction makes it fold down flat to fit in your hand luggage. Since there’s no internal pockets, my tip is to keep any important bits in a separate pouch.
I almost had to check that I wasn’t on the Kate Spade site when I spotted this basket bag on M&S. The fun slogan and colourful tassels make this the perfect colourful addition to any outfit and there’s a handy drawstring lining to keep everything safe. As someone who’s successfully packed 6 straw bags in a case, I wouldn’t worry about taking this away. Just store any clothes inside and the bag will retain its shape.
Another retailer to consider if you’re a basket aficionado is The White Company. I’ve not spotted this kind of woven pattern elsewhere and they have similar, aesthetically pleasing storage baskets for the home too. There’s also a choice of two different handles, just in case you need a break (Repetitive Basket Strain Syndrome is a thing).
One thing I love about basket bags, is that they can double up as home accessories if you get bored. The half moon shape of this looks great on your shelves as well as on your arm, plus the pom pom can be removed. There’s also a lining with an interior pocket, so no need to worry about losing your essentials.
What a difference a colour change makes! This John Lewis grab bag looks a lot more understated in black and could work throughout the year for a laid-back look. The contrast stripe panels and pom pom jazz it up, plus it’s also fully lined.
Have you seen a bag that’s more perfect for flatlays?! Biba have outdone themselves with a retro, circular design that works for any holiday scenario.
I also discovered the exclusive Maison de Nimes collection whilst browsing House of Fraser, think Birkin style baskets and colourful net bags. The original string Vetements version will set you back £3000, but they’ve done a more structured take at £45.
May 25th 2018 - by @CollectPlus