How the Picnic Basket Became Summer’s Biggest Bag Trend

You may have scrolled through your feed lately and thought, is there like a Fashion Week happening over a picnic somewhere? No, the fashion world isn’t meeting for lunch in the park, but they’re definitely dressing like it. Swapping trusty leather bags for raffia and wicker, bloggers and fashion insiders are embracing one of Spring’s biggest handbag trends, though it’s actually been around for a while.

You can trace the look back to Jane Birkin, whose iconic look included a chic wicker basket that she paired with everything from her famous flares to chic day dresses. Sure enough, the look now is a nod to that Parisian cool. So, don’t overthink it. Read on to see how the trend’s being reincarnated by the fashion crowd, then shop your own wicker bag to wear with anything you want.

The Original

Jane Birkin, seen here with husband Serge Gainsbourg in 1977, made a wicker basket her signature look. She paired it with everything, making the understated accessory look endlessly chic.


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You never thought a wicker basket could look this covetable, but Mark Cross’s rattan and leather cross-body bag ($1,786) is the ultimate take on the trend.

We imagine this Nannacay straw baby roge red pom pom bag ($140) was made for vacation.

Cult Gaia’s new circle Bag ($220) gives its fans another shape to love.

This Serpui Marie Kesha bag ($318) is equal parts sophisticated and adorable.

The bamboo handle on this J.Mclaughlin Ava wicker satchel ($198) gives it a vintage feel.

Sweet green straps add a pop of color to this Kate Spade wicker basket purse ($125).

The cutest cross-body bag comes in the form of Rachel Comey’s all wicker Baan bag ($472).

Take the trend to work on this Prada Midollino large leather-trimmed wicker tote ($1,600).

We can’t get over the sweet pop of gingham on this Edie Parker wicker tote ($995).

This W Concept natural basket ($78) is perfect for testing the water on this trend.

Free People’s straw basket ($68) was made for toting — whether or not you’re actually headed to a picnic.

Zara’s raffia bag ($60) is one part picnic basket, one part bucket bag.


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