It’s a fact: a good straw bag is a summer staple. Whether you’re headed to a tropical island or just running to your local farmer’s market, there’s no better companion than a straw bag. Often made from straw, raffia or rattan, these bags have been around for decades.
French singer Jane Birkin toted wicker baskets throughout the 1960s, turning straw bags into a summer mainstay. Stylist Victoria Barbara tells InStyle that it’s all thanks to the bag’s versatility. “If Birkin can don a shimmering black and gold cocktail dress at a Cannes fete with a straw bag on one arm and a tuxedo-clad date on another, anything goes,” she explained. Although the premise of a classic straw bag has remained the same over the years, the styles available in 2022 are a little more fun and practical (think: bright colors, innovative designs and functional details).
There’s a ton of straw bags out there — from bucket-shaped shoppers to extra-large totes — so weaving through the options can be a bit tricky. To help you out, I spoke with stylists and fellow editors, as well as used my own first hand experience to compile a list of the best straw bags. Because it exudes Birkin’s cool-girl je ne sais quoi, the Terrain Leather Handle Market Tote should be at the top of your list.
Here are the best straw bags to take with you on all of your summer adventures.
Best Overall: Terrain Leather Handle Market Tote
Also available at Anthropologie
What We Love: Made with sustainable Moroccan date palm leaves, this bag is an eco-conscious choice.
What We Don’t Love: The bag can get misshapen if it gets wet.
Of course, the ideal straw bag will feature a timeless look and last for years, even through