It’s the breakout accessory star of European Summer 2018 that appeals as much to edgy singers and street style snappers as it does Victoria’s Secret Angels and Hollywood superstars.

Retro-look wicker bags, which last enjoyed their moment of high fashion glory back in the 1970s, are currently giving designer belt bags (aka bum-bags) a run for their money as the hottest carry-all to be snapped with whether you’re in Mykonos for the summer, walking a New York red carpet or wrapped up for peak winter in southern parts of the globe like Australia.

Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk carrying a Chanel wicker bag

Contrary to first impressions, the wicker bag bonanza is far from just casual resort wear. Emily Ratajkowski and current Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk both showcased theirs – Prada and Chanel respectively – to the Revolve Festival’s red carpet during Coachella.

French fashion blogger and Adenorah founder Anne-Laure Mais teamed hers with a tailored blazer and designer jeans for Paris Fashion Week. BAFTA Award nominee Elizabeth Olsen took hers to the 11th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in New Jersey earlier this year.

Adenorah fashion blogger Anne-Laure Mais at Paris Fashion Week

While designer houses like Dolce Gabbana and Gucci, along with French brand A.P.C and American luxury bag brand Mark Cross, offer delicious options at the investment end of the cost spectrum, there’s plenty on offer at the more affordable end too. Sportsgirl, Free People and even Australian brand Helen Kaminski offer options that are as on-trend.

The take-home message? Don’t wait until Spring to snap up the perfect wicker treat, especially when they’re as delicious as our dozen favourites below. You’ll find something you love, promise, whatever your budget.

Images: (1) Alexa Chung, (2) Christa B Allen, (3) Emily Ratajkowski, (4) Dua Lipa (5) Elizabeth Olsen, (6) Jess Hart


Gucci, Wicker Shoulder Bag, $2935 at MyTheresa. SHOP NOW

Cult Gai, Small Bamboo Arc Bag, $190 at Moda Operandi (dropping October). ORDER NOW

Sportsgirl, White Wash Circle Basket Sling Bag, $80. SHOP NOW

Ulla Johnson, Tautou mini leather-trimmed wicker shoulder bag, $323 at Net-a-Porter. SHOP NOW

Mark Cross, Benchley Rattan Bag, $2595. SHOP NOW

Serpui Marie, Pineapple Wicker Clutch in Peach, $390. SHOP NOW

APC, Jean Wicker Bucket Bag, now $199 at MyTheresa. SHOP NOW

Dolce & Gabbana, All the Lovers Wicker Basket Bag, now $3900 at Matches. SHOP NOW

Free People, Charlie Round Bag, $402. SHOP NOW

Helen Kaminski, Rhyce S basket bag, now $115. SHOP NOW

Urban Outfitters, Wicker Elephant Bag, $99. SHOP NOW

Posse, Angelica Roundie Bag, $149. SHOP NOW