Here’s why I like basket bags – open at the top so easy to access contents, charming to look at, in natural shades and designer label free so pleasingly understated…
The last couple of years now in fashion land has seen street style tap into the summery, insouciant, carefree, young-at-heart Jane Birkin in ’60s Paris mode in many ways – and the woven basket has been key to bottling this up and adapting it for now.
The easy approach was to dig out an old market bag or find one online – The White Company’s was perfect if always sold out! I had an old Ibiza market bag stashed away with practically long handles. The big circular design ones are lovely to look at but hella hard to carry! If you’re in need, check out Trouva’s and Etsy’s fabulous selections.
We’ve seen cult basket bags zing to the top with the style set – the Algarvian fishing basket, known as the Jane Birkin basket, the woven Balinese round bag from Wood/Grey and the aptly named Cult Gaia Japanese picnic basket. I bought mine from the US when I first spied it a few years ago but it’s now readily available on Net-a-Porter in different styles, colours and It-Girl collabs – I have to admit I’ve always found this really uncomfortable to carry!
However, I’ve bought into them all because even with the ones that don’t open at the top, they add a much more interesting dimension to any outfit. That boho vibe which alludes to open-minded, a carefree life and a sprinkle of fun…
But in the end, I am a practical woman at heart and I like my bags to work in certain way for me. I need to be able to carry a camera, hat, gloves, keys and purse and more than anything I like to have easy access to them!
I saw the little Fonott willow wicker basket – handmade in northern Hungary – on Instagram and knew it could be yet another ‘one’ in my life. I signed up to the alert and bought it with a first time purchase discount code as soon as it became available.
The nicest surprise was the folding handles! They move – so allow for movement when carrying, which is a much more comfortable experience – and they are wide enough to slip up your arm. Plus the width within is very satisfying. Being in London with such an open top, I make sure I have a scarf with me to tuck over the top to shield the contents inside when popping down somewhere, eg. in a cafe, but that works fine for me as I pretty much always have a scarf with me always… and yes sometimes I carry it under my arm too! 😉
Jeans | Re/Done (high waisted crop ankle style)
Jumper* | Levi’s
Scarf | Monki
Bag | Fonott
Cap | Isabel Marant (old, new style here)
Necklace | Bianca Jones x Stylonylon (coming soon!)