With the sweet air of spring just around the corner, it’s time to prep our closets for the warmer days ahead. And that means swapping out our heavier winter gear for some sprightly new pieces—starting with our handbags. Nothing conjures up thoughts of picnics at the beach, outdoor brunches, and springtime city strolls quite like the classic basket bag. From oversize straw totes to mini box bags and sculptural wicker baskets, the stylish and versatile carryall is a fashion-girl favorite. This accessory has found its way onto the arms of bloggers, designers, and the street style set everywhere. For the new season, take style inspiration from the woman who put basket bags on the world map: Jane Birkin. The English-French style icon famously paired hers with dreamy white blouses and denim. It’s no wonder this outfit has worked for decades—the combination is effortless and timeless.
No matter what style of basket bag you opt for this season, it’s guaranteed to put a little joie de vivre in your spring step. Scroll down to see our favorite picks of the season.
The classic wicker basket gets a sophisticated update in elegant white in this iteration.
This bag is perfect for a day at the beach or for running errands in the city. Plus, we can’t resist the embroidered lettering on this one. Bien sûr.
A structured option is ideal for taking you from day to night in style.
Pom-poms and playful color add joie de vivre to your outfit.
There’s no denying that this is the perfect brunch bag.
Proof that the best things come in small packages.
Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.
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