Hi gals and guys! Happy first day of Spring! What's the weather like where you live? We are on a two day streak of 60 degree weather here in Portland and it feels and looks like summer outside, I'm loving all of the sunshine! I'm attempting to soak up all of the vitamin D that I can before the rain starts tomorrow... we even have one day of snow on our forecast later on this week which is so insane. I'll enjoy this beautiful, short-lived weather while we have it!
I figured I'd start of this season with a fun post on one of my favorite trends that appears year after year around this time, and that would be woven bags! These babies come back consistently every year during the Spring, and this year is no exception! Although where I live I'm still trending toward denim and booties with a cozy jacket, I'm already stocking up on my favorite straw bags to wear when the warm weather comes back for the Summer!
In this blog post, I've rounded up some of my favorites from Clare V., to Amazon, and every price point in between for any budget! I've heavily curated this post to only include my absolute favorite styles. There are a handful in each category and it was SO hard to narrow it down, but just know I took hours scouring all of my favorite shopping sites so you don't have to. This is one of those posts you bookmark and save for later, I plan on updating it throughout the next few months as new styles come out and prices drop, I'll send out reminders here and there but just a heads up so you know to keep checking back as well!
The Cult Gaia Arc Bag
We'll start with an iconic silhouette from Cult Gaia. This bag comes back with a vengeance every year, and each time sells out before I can get my hands on it so this year I made sure to snag one during the off season so I can use it all summer long and not be waiting and waiting for it to be re-stocked (it didn't last year)! Click here to get the iconic Arc Bag. Click HERE for a SUPER affordable dupe! More Cult Gaia favorites and dupes are included in the following carousel:
The Clare V. Alice Bag
Another iconic bag that comes back each year is this circular shaped, versatile sisal bag. I love this style because it is beautiful like the Arc bag but it is a tad more casual, which is more my vibe. I couldn't shell out for the full price one HERE, unfortunately they never go on sale, but I found an affordable dupe that I couldn't pass up right HERE. Also, this one by Loeffler Randall is also a fun option at a similar price if you don't want to stand out from the other fashionistas! I also tagged additional affordable options below:
The Half Moon Straw Tote
I wish I could tell you exactly who made THIS half moon design first, but this one is another classic shape that seems to have been on the scene longer than I have, and now everyone makes their own version of it. I'll tag a bunch from different retailers below so you can shop from your favorite, but honestly they all look identical and are around the same price point. This was the most affordable one I found right HERE.
The Fun Straw Tote
This is one of my favorite categories! I got an amazing pom pom straw bag from Asos last year and I wore it a ton last year, you may remember it from THIS post back when I was pregnant. There are so many new fun bags this year I could hardly narrow it down and I'm sure I'll be updating this post as the summer goes on, but here are my current favorites:
The Woven Basket Bag
THIS little cutie is in my cart right now, I'm just waiting to get paid so I can buy it! I've loved this thing since I saw it last summer. I think this style is essential if you want to be a part of this trend for Spring/Summer, and is a great dupe for the ICONIC (how many times can I use that word in this post, thesaurus, anyone?!) Jane Birkin basket bag. How fun would this be to wear to Easter brunch?! In fact, I most likely will be styling this with my Easter dress this year! Check my favs out here:
The Straw Clutch
I love these bags because they're often reminiscent of a fun beach bag but in a compact and more formal style. Usually they pack a punch with fun colors and details and most of the time are a less expensive alternative to a larger straw bag. One can never have to many fun clutches! Here are some of my favorites for this season:
I really hope you all found this post helpful in your search for the perfect woven bag to fit your needs and budget this year! I wish there had been a post like this last year that I could have referenced for my straw bag shopping needs, but alas I never found one that I could shop that included affordable options and great dupes. Not sure why it took me a whole year to realize that I could just do the research myself and combine it into a resourceful post for you and I find the best, cutest spring bags!
Thanks for taking the time to read, hope you all are having a lovely first day of Spring!