And Now, the Biggest Accessory Trend to Know for Summer 2023


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With summer fashion and vacation shopping at the top of our minds, we're diving into the best new pieces to add to your closet and the trends you should know before they get big. We've already covered some season-defining fashion trends of summer 2023, cool under-$300 shopping finds, the best swimsuits to add to your cart, and the fashion aesthetic on the rise. But if you are an accessory-minded shopper like me, you'll want to have your eyes on the raffia trend set to take over the season ahead.

Designers have debuted some of this season's cult buys with raffia bags and shoes that infuse cool, directional designs being the next big low-key beach accessory. Prada's tote bags were introduced last year and were nearly impossible to buy because they sold out everywhere. They returned this season in fresh colors and continue to be in high demand. Recently, Sofia Richie Grainge was spotted with one on her honeymoon. Designers including Loewe, Khaite, and Bottega Veneta have also introduced pieces that are selling out everywhere. Thankfully, you can snap up finds at great price points from brands including COS, Ancient Greek Sandals, and Banana Republic. Here are the best pieces to add to your cart to test-drive this season's raffia trend.

Next: Summer Swimsuits Have Arrived, and These 29 Are Sitting In My Cart

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.