Spring bags to lighten up your look

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Susan B. wears a green coatigan, floral blouse, jeans, boots, and carries a bamboo bag.

Spring can be a fickle time of year, weather-wise. One day it’s tee-shirt weather, the next we’re back in coats and boots. One of my favorite ways to make even layered-up outfits feel more spring-like is to swap out my leather bag for a straw, rattan or bamboo bag.

earrings | sweater coat (similar) | top (similar) | bag | jeans | boots

I’ve had this bag for a few years now, and still love it. While this isn’t a bag I’d use for a day of running errands (I’ll opt for a crossbody for those days), it does provide a nice accent for my “going out” outfits. And it’s really lightweight to carry.

Straw, wicker and bamboo bags evoke a lighthearted attitude that feels perfect for spring. (Think of a young Jane Birkin with her iconic wicker basket bag.) They’re often quite affordable, too.

btb pink straw bag with bamboo look handles.

This one’s available in a few colors, but I thought this pink was really fun. Use small pouches to keep small items secure (and make it easier to transfer between bags).

J.Crew Sedona basket bag with macrame netting.

I really like the fun macrame netting on this one (also in camel and black) and the drawstring top closure.

J.Crew medium montauk straw tote.

A good-looking straw tote for those days when “the essentials” include a bit more than phone/keys/wallet…

Vince Camuto Sloane straw bucket bag.

This adorable bucket bag has both a shoulder and crossbody strap.

bamboo handbag with round handles.

The round bamboo handles are a nice detail here.

roxy colors rainbow straw bag.

When one color isn’t enough

wicker basket bag with lid

and here’s the Jane Birkin-esque option!

More straw & basket bags…

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