Summer is here and with summer always come the hot weather, the longer days and the warm nights. Every year at about this time, we start planning our beach wardrobes, with include the typical items: swim suit, sunglasses, cover-up and the perfect summery bag. For summer, a bag has to be light, pretty and, most important of all, functional. That’s where straw bags come in.
The art of the straw bag is a centuries-old technology steeped in cultural pride, an expression of art and cultural tradition. According to history, the art of weaving and the incorporation of straw material have existed since before the Spanish Era. The Philippines is said to be one of the birthplaces of straw bags.
Straw bags are always on-trend during warm weather seasons. They embody everything the hot season is about. They’re cool and trendy but vintage, they’re super versatile, and come in many shapes, sizes and colours. They are lighter, too, which women love, especially after carrying a heavy bag in winter.
Straw bags are popular in the summer because they are a seasonal fabric that pairs well with straw hats, espadrilles and all summer attire. They are a perfect choice for the beach, because you can throw in everything from an extra pair of shoes, swim cover-up or sweater, for those too-cool air-conditioned restaurants. But the straw bag is not just for the beach, because it comes in more than a tote style. Like I said before, there are cross-body bags and satchels and clutches, and they come in fun colors, as well as the natural hues you are used to seeing. Today, the multitude of styles available can be credited to the designers, who mix straw handbags with different materials, such as leather straps and other details, to add further appeal.
Of all straw bags, the fabulous straw tote is perhaps the most simple in form. The tote, with its open top, basket style and short handles can vary in size and style, but is an enduring classic and wardrobe staple.
So, look at the pictures below to see how you can style your straw bag this summer.