You’d be forgiven for assuming that basket bags are synonymous with vacations, be it a beach getaway or a jaunt through sun-soaked countryside. But, over the past few seasons, they’ve made the transition from summer essential to bona fide closet staple. Of course, a roughly hewn basket still makes the perfect accompaniment to bikinis, floral dresses and pretty much everything else in your warm-weather closet, but they also have year-round appeal thanks, in no small part, to their seemingly infinite versatility. Luxe designs by Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne, Boyy and Fendi are the perfect choice for those looking for baskets with feminine flair, while JW Anderson’s insouciant slouchy styles promise to add effortless ease to any outfit. Whichever style you’re drawn to, rest assured they have all the romantic connotations of the original and look great paired with everything from a crisp white shirt to tailored shorts and slip skirts.
Elsewhere, Loewe’s raffia totes have become cult pieces thanks to their elegant nonchalance and, far from losing their shine once you’re back in the city, they lend an air of bohemia to everything from louche suiting to blue denim. What’s more, these capacious bags boast room for all your daily essentials plus a blanket, making them perfect for days in the park.