Whether you are heading out on a brunch date, relaxing by the poolside, or you are off out on a shopping trip around the markets, a hand-held wicker basket bag is the perfect style accessory for all occasions.
Whenever I think about the basket bag, the immediate image that I envision is the famous Birkin bag, inspired by none other than, Jane Birkin herself. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s Jane was seen to have her statement lidded basket on her arm in almost every picture, and it soon became iconic. Still to this day, she is the woman who is most associated with this style of bag.
Since the invention of the original Birkin basket bag in 1981, this trend-led style has continued to progress and develop. Over the years, the basket bag has been reimagined and recreated by a number of different brands, in a wide variation of different styles. Although the Birkin is arguably still the most distinguished, it certainly isn’t the only basket bag option out there anymore. They are now available as bucket bags, clutches, cross body bags, totes, and even as backpacks as well. So, no matter what your preferred style is, you will undoubtedly find a basket bag which is suitable for you.
Personally, I have been holding out for a few weeks now, waiting for the day that I found the perfect basket bag for me, and with this one, I think I may have finally found it!
I will be the first to admit that this Summer I developed an abnormal obsession with basket bags. I’ve seen my Instagram feed fill up with them, accompanying everything from dresses, to graphic tees and high-waisted bathing suits.
I’m in awe of how they match with everything and how they have the ability to completely change the look of a whole outfit, I knew that I needed to have one in my bag collection. However, despite my endless searches, it has still taken me a long while to discover the right one for me.
Although I have spent some weeks admiring the basket bags from the likes of Topshop and Zara, I wanted something different. Something which I have not seen anyone else with. I had almost given up hope of the idea that I was going to find just what I was looking for. That was up until I was shopping in Shrewsbury last week. Whilst exploring the cobbled streets, I stumbled upon a new store; Bear Steps Coffee & Cloth, a fashion and lifestyle boutique. And as soon as I walked through the door, I saw it hanging there; The exact basket bag that I had been searching for since the beginning of Summer.
This particular bag has been created by a brand called Olli Ella, who as well as offering incredibly beautiful, timeless designs, they also pride themselves on sustainable and ethical production of their products too.
“A BASKET BAG IS A WARDROBE STAPLE THIS SUMMER”
The Olli Ella Bolo bag is an exquisite hand-woven rattan bag. It is round in design, has cream canvas detailing along the lining and the sides of the tote, with vegan leather straps and brass hardware finishes. For my personal style, the Bolo basket bag ticks all the right boxes, and it fits the exact description of what I was looking for. It is spacious, versatile, and it is a bag which can easily be styled differently for every occasion and every season.
It goes without saying that basket bags are the staple wardrobe must-have this summer. They are seen being worn absolutely everywhere. The trend popularised massively in Summer 2017, and it looks as though the basket-style bags are not leaving the scene just yet; they are certainly set to stay for a little while longer. There’s a time for practical bags, and a time for, well, fun ones. This summer it is all about these fun basket bags. Not only do they look fabulous with any style, but a round bag is the trend to use to tackle those lighter days. Keys, card holder, lipstick, phone, done. Round basket bags are the ideal accessory for both the beach and the City, and they add a touch of Jane Birkin inspired relaxed cool to any outfit.
If like me you are on the hunt for your perfect basket bag, but are still yet to find it, then I cannot recommend Olli Ella enough. Truth be told, I had not heard of them before I found this bag, but upon discovering them and exploring their brand and their products more, I can already tell that I am going to become completely obsessed. In fact, as I am writing this post, I already have another one of their bags on its way to be delivered to me. I just couldn’t resist. And a woman can never have too many handbags, right? Especially when they are this cute!
Have you succumbed to the basket bag trend yet? Which are your favourite brands for them?
See how I’ve styled my basket bag with other outfits in my Instagram below