Woven Bags

This season’s woven bags – straw, raffia, jute, and other fabrication – definitely have my attention, as an evolution is in the air for this trend. The best of this year’s new crop are noticeably more versatile than ever, with elevated details like leather trim and pretty hardware that make them appropriate to transition to places other than the most casual and beachy.

For those who are petite, scale is key when selecting a bag. Remember that you never want it to look like the bag is carrying you! Your choice of bag should always take into account its overall size so that it doesn’t overwhelm. This means that bags of small to medium size are the ones to gravitate toward, and that large sized bags are most often best avoided, tempting as they may be with all that room they’ve got inside.

Another consideration is the “drop”, which means how far the bag falls from the point that it’s carried from the hand or shoulder. Too long of a drop will also look out of scale on a petite frame. This is usually more of an issue with a shoulder strap. For this reason, an adjustable strap is a great feature to ensure the scale will be Goldilocks just right.

The circle bag gets a good zhuzh with two-tone weaving, leather trim and great hardware. It’s also got an adjustable crossbody strap in addition to the adjustable handle strap you can see here.

A satchel style bag wearable in multiple ways (clutch, shoulder, cross-body), with a removable adjustable strap and pint-sized proportions, around 7″ wide x 6″ high.

The structured look of this bag makes it seem extra sturdy, and the color-blended checkered liner that ties for closure is fantastic.

This knotted rope tote manages to look excellently modern and 1970’s macrame retro at the same time.

The tortoise shell resin handles on this bag are gorgeous, and the inside liner keeps contents yours alone to know. This bag is under $50, and certainly doesn’t look it.

The red straps are perfect accompaniments on this zippy bowler style bag.

I do so like the half-a-circle shape of this bag, and the slim straps are perfect by themselves or for tying on a little scarf.

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