The straw bag has ventured beyond the beach. What used to be thought of as a vacation-only purse has transformed into an everyday staple, perfect for this time of year. This year, the trend in straw bags includes vintage-inspired pieces with a structured shape and wooden handle.
“Straw bags give us the feeling of summer,” says Meredith Paley, vice president of public relations for Talbots. “They are lighter, too, which women love, especially after carrying a heavy bag in winter. A straw tote bag is still a perfect choice for the beach. A woman can throw in everything from an extra pair of shoes, swim cover-up or sweater, for those too-cool air-conditioned restaurants.”
Zappos.com style expert Natasha Pace appreciates the texture of straw bags, which is reminiscent of palm trees and beaches. She says go for color in your selection. She points out a big move toward retro-inspired shapes as a refreshing and needed direction after so much high-end sophistication. You can take these bags to work, she says.
“Rules? What rules?” Pace says. “So many laidback casual looks and even formal evening looks have transcended into our regular office attire nowadays. Think sequin top and transparent heels. Bottom line, if your office allows it and you’re loving it, I say go for it.”
The trend in summer handbags includes not only straw, but raffia and organic materials, says Gregg Andrews, Nordstrom fashion director. “For summer, these are such great materials because they are basic and natural,” Andrews says. “You will see a lot of global-inspired bags and fun, colorful patterns. These bags come in everything from soft pastels as well as deep hues, magentas and cobalt blues. Match the style of bag to the occasion. A clutch is perfect for the weekend, while a more structured purse works for work. Take the tote on vacation.”
At Clothes Circuit, we currently have a wide variety of straw handbags on the floor and ready to walk out the door! From traditional raw material to fun colors and bags with embellishments, we have many shapes and styles to choose from!
Photo: (top left) Lambertson Truex $150, (top right) Kate Spade tote $87.50, (bottom left) Francesco Biasia hobo bag $110, (bottom right) Elaine Turner tote $150
Source: TribLive | Lifestyles