Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to give your favorite black bag a rest and opt for something a little more vacation inspired. Straw, raffia, wicker, ratan—basket bags are definitely the ‘it’ style of the season, designed with everything from rainbow pom poms to cute phrases. I don’t know if its’ just me, but there’s something about these bags that instant transports me to an exotic locale, and if a fashion piece can do that, it’s a must-have in my book.
However, not just any straw bag will do. Mini bags, clutches, cross-bodies and embroidered totes are what’s trending on the summer style scene. This cross-body from Free People hit all the marks with its minimalist design and surprisingly roomy interior. I wore it on my day trip to Catalina Island (read about it here) and it fits all the usual essentials, an extra outfit and two bathing suits! Basically, it’s the perfect summer bag. Unfortunately, it sold out before I was able to write this post, but I’ve linked up some more of my favorite straw bags from Free People below, all under $100!