Wicker Bags: The Go-To Accessory For S/S ’18 Pastoral Chic Trend

If you're longing for some idyllic country living right now, we're not blaming you (have you been reading the news lately?). But we suspect that desire for a slow chill-out life has something to do with the kind of pastoral chic that brands have been showing this past season.

The Chloe (left) and Giambattista Valli collections get their rustic charm thanks to the use of Liberty-style fabrics.

For one, there is the popularity of rustic floral prints that recall haberdashery prints produced by Liberty London. You see the floral motif popping up on romantic dresses and folksy silhouettes at brands like Giambattista Valli, Chloe, Balenciaga and Zimmermann to name a few. Then there is the popularity of gingham fabric which call to mind long summer picnics in the park. The checked pattern appears at brands like Bottega Veneta and Junko Shimada where it is used on suitings and at Loewe where it landed on patchwork dresses.

Backstage at Loewe

But if going all out with this supercharged bucolic style seems overwhelmingly rustic for you, then accessories would be the easiest way to jump on board the bandwagon. Fisherman hats as seen at Chanel, MSGM, Michael Kors Collection and Versus are one styling trick to serve a slice of cool laidback style. But our top vote for the best statement accessory to ace this country style would be the wicker bag which is part vintage-inspired and part rugged accessory (it'll definitely brave the elements better than your leather designer bags). The woody style is a throwback to the post-War '50s when women toted bags made of wicker and straws as the height of utilitarian chic due to their practicality and inexpensive price tags. Fast forward to this season and big brands from Gucci to Miu Miu to independent bag labels like Mark Cross and Serpui are all showcasing wicker designs in a variety of shapes as pure novelty items. Here, we curate 10 of our favourite wicker styles to carry.

Junko Shimada (left) and MSGM.

This article is originally published on Female Singapore.

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