With the sweet air of summer in the air, it’s time to prep our closets for the hotter days ahead. That means swapping our heavier gear for some summery new pieces—starting with our handbags. Nothing conjures up thoughts of picnics at the beach, outdoor brunches, and summertime town 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 favourite this season. 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. My kinda cool!

There’s no surprise that bohemian and natural textures such as raffia, straw, and wicker bags are going to be a huge hit this summer, but this season, the beach-ready fabrics feel more sophisticated in sleek and structured silhouettes or trimmed with luxe leather. 

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