The picnic basket-inspired wicker handbag trend is hot for summer 2021, with styles from Free People, Kate Spade, J. Crew, Anthropologie and more.
Published: 2021-07-26 03:39 pm
Picnic chic: Shop the wicker and straw handbag trend for summer 2021

Picnic basket or purse — why not have a bit of both this summer?

The wicker handbag trend is hot for summer 2021, combining the effortless look of straw or rattan with the structure of a picnic basket for the ultimate accessory.

These bags are a versatile enough option to pair with a summer dress for a day in the sun, or a little black number for nighttime. Plus, they’re roomie to boot, with space for all your summer essentials like shades and sunscreen, plus some can even double as a picnic basket or beach bag to take with you when on the go this summer.

From a classic tote style to statement shapes and colors, shop below for straw purses, cross-bodies and clutches that have summer style in the bag.

Kate Spade Sam Gingham Wicker Medium Satchel, $318 (originally $398)

Kate Spade

Combine wicker and gingham and you have one preppy picnic on your hands.

Or should we say “on your handbag” with this Sam Gingham Wicker Medium Satchel from Kate Spade. The bag is lined with black and white checkered fabric that closes with an adorable leather drawstring, keeping your belongings secure inside. The bag also comes with a crossbody strap that easily clips on, or wear the purse under your arm for a chic look.

Poppy & Sage Woven Rattan Circle Crossbody, $88


Fashion trends are cyclical, so this bag is perfect.

Get in on the straw bag trend with this circular purse from Poppy and Sage. Sold on, you can also spread out your payments, making this an even easier decision to buy. The bag is lined with adorable blue and white striped fabric and features a leather strap and closure to keep everything together.

Lulus Summer Cute Brown Straw Mini Crossbody Bag, $64


Stick with the basics and get ready for summer with the Summer Cute bag from Lulus.

The woven straw bag uses two neutral brown and beige colors to create an adorable rectangular purse, complete with a brown strap and matching closure. It’s fully lined inside so nothing can slip out of the cracks, and measures 7.5 by 5 to hold all your summer essentials.

Skye Straw Crossbody Bag, $79


Add some sunshine to your straw bag.

The sunny yellow bag is sure to brighten anyone’s day, sold at Nordstrom in both Yellow Slice and a Tan Taffy color for a more muted look. The bag is made of straw and a yellow faux leather trim and strap.

Betsey Johnson Bright Spot Straw Tote Combo, $79.98

Betsey Johnson

Look on the bright side: it’s summer and this bag is on sale.

Betsey Johnson always knows how to have fun, and this bag does just that. The bigger of the two bags takes the straw trend to a whole new level, with neon trim in either hot pink or neon yellow. Then get in on the baguette bag trend with the attached mini purse in the same color as the trim, with a gold chain and hardware for added flair and fun.

GlobeIn Moroccan Market Bag, $56


Travel the world without ever leaving home with GlobeIn.

The artisan-made subscription box also sells items à la carte, including this amazing woven rattan bag. Its large size makes it perfect for picnics or beach trips, or to get in on the oversized purse trend for two trends in one.

Blossom Rattan Crossbody Bag, $69.95 (originally $88)


Grow your handbag collection with a bag that’s blooming with summer vibes.

This white rattan crossbody from Anthropologie features vibrant floral details in reds, golds and greens that add a pop of color to any neutral number you pair it with. The purse also comes in a yellow and blue floral design, should you want to wear the whole garden in all its colorful glory.

Bembien Flora Clutch, $155

J. Crew

Grab hold of this trend and never let go.

The clutch from J. Crew is a must-have mini, measuring 8-by-6 for a cute statement piece you won’t want to leave home without. The peak-a-boo wicker weave has large enough gaps to peer through the bag, while a button fastener keeps your goods together. Plus, the Bembien bag gives 10% off proceeds from the sale to Nest, a nonprofit supporting artisans around the world.

Free People Maris Clutch, $80

Free People

What the fringe?

This bag really has it all, combining a classic clutch with a frayed straw weave that’s sure to make a summer statement. Sold at Free People, this petite bag measures 9-by-12 inches and features two top handles.

ASOS Design Structured Rattan Shoulder Bag, $22.80 (originally $36)


Follow the fashion curve and check out this bag.

The ASOS Design collection bag is made of a light-colored rattan straw, woven into a dainty crescent moon shape for a fun take on the trending bag. The purse is lined fully with a cotton fabric and comes with a dark brown shoulder strap.

Vintga Bamboo Bag, $39.31


We don’t mean to bamboozle you, but technically this pick is neither straw nor wicker.

The trending bamboo bag was too cute not to include, as it’s a hot item on Amazon and on the street. The must-have bag for summer comes in two sizes for any occasion, with the small priced at just under $40 and the large bag at $45.

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