Clutching at Straws

Woven raffia, straw and wooden accessories are absolutely everywhere this summer. Ratty old baskets are out, and cool, structural pieces and vintage-inspired slouchy bags are taking their place. We've rounded up the best of the bunch from across the high street, for all pockets. 


Less than £10

Echoing the Cult Gaia bags that are 200 times the price, this half-moon shaped bag has tortoiseshell hoops, crocheted finish and comes in three colours - nude, navy and black. Snap up all three. 

Fancy just dipping your toe in the trend? These are an absolute bargain, and will go with everything. Plus, the two-tan effect will make you looked like a bronzed goddess on the beach. 


Less than £20

Simple, gimmick-free goodness is what Mango specialises in, and this pared-back woven clutch is no exception. The fold over design give it enough formality for the evening, too.

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An elegant take on the usually chunky woven bag, this one from French brand Pimkie has delicate golden embroidery throughout the weave and a thin chain strap - it's perfect for a beach wedding.


Less than £30

Less Jane Birkin weave and more preppy, comfy casual, these shoes are made of supple leather meaning (hopefully) none of the blisters that can come with shoes with lots of holes in...

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If it looks like you could catch a lobster with it, it's bang on trend this summer. So naturally, this one that looks like a souvenir from a Welsh fishing village is extremely sought after. Snap it up.

Natasha Daniels