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The straw basket bag is romantic, it's useful, it can be unexpected, and it's somehow impossibly French—even though woven bags are available all over the world. Blame Jane Birkin. But straw bags are not pure nostalgia. Erin Ryder, cofounder of bag brand Cesta Collective isn't shy about how often, and where, she wears hers. "A basket bag works with literally everything—so look beyond the obvious choices and don't feel limited. I find I wear a Cesta Lunchpail just as easily to a black-tie affair—the perfect alternative to a clutch and so much more elegant, in my opinion—as I do just running around the city … in a blazer, a T-shirt, and any style of Agolde jeans. Add a loafer and a baseball cap and you've got my go-to uniform all spring long."
Courtney Fasciano, her Cesta Collective partner, echoes the sentiment. "I've always felt it's best to not be too precious with a Cesta. I wear mine 12 months a year but most frequently in the spring and summer."
Though there are countless summer bags available, the straw bag stands out for its handmade quality and nod to natural elements. "They are truly works of art. I love how they are completely made by hand, but also very sturdy and functional," Ashleigh Hults, cofounder of Poolside tells BAZAAR.com. Here, shop 31 options that look just as good going to the beach as they do stomping around the city or at your local farmers' market—from designer options to old-school favorites.
Loewe's collaboration with Paula's Ibiza helped usher in a new wave of straw bag lovers. Shop the latest chic offering.
Yes, we heart this one.
Just book your trip to the French Riviera already.
Try the idea in a little—or a lot—of color.
This oversized option can fit towels or baguettes—your choice.
This cross-body feels like a next-generation straw bag.
Take the idea to evening.
This Miu Miu tote has us dreaming of Caribbean getaways.
This bag offers an innovative shape and versatility.
The drawstring detail differentiates this bag from a proliferation of straw tote options.
This one feels like it could have been passed down through generations.
Consider this one a serious steal.
This baby has weekend farmers' market haul written all over it.
As they say, Prada or nada.
We feel like this can show off a whole other side to your personality.
This little tote comes with a cross-body strap for wear-anywhere ease.
This statement bag has become a modern classic.
Why not try it in clutch form?
An unabashedly feminine take on the trend.
All black with a bit of bamboo? Sign us up.
Add a little personality to any look—and we mean little. This is a true micro bag.
This little box is giving all the New England summer vibes.
When in doubt, add a stripe.
Still in doubt? Just add strawberries.
We love the authentic quality at play here.
The leather strap details instantly elevate this otherwise classic tote.
An included pouch protects everything you carry.
All good Chloé girls need a great raffia cross-body, non?
An open weave makes this one feel extra summery.
A classic seaside staple done up in an unexpected shade of orange.
Consider this your new go-to brunch tote.