Lighten Up Your Look: Raffia Accessories for Effortless Spring Style

When your style mood says “spring,” swapping out leather accessories for raffia can be just the thing to lighten up your outfits. There are a lot of stylish options this season, and today I’m sharing a few of my picks.

A casual classic weekend capsule wardrobe with raffia accessories (belt, ballet flats).
A casual classic weekend capsule
TEE | SCARF | SHIRT | BAG | SKIRT | CARDIGAN | BRACELET | JEANS | BELT | SHOES

Raffia is a fiber made from leaves of the Raffia Palm. It’s more pliable and durable than straw, and will hold its shape over time. For that reason, true raffia items may cost a little more than straw. It’s most often available in a natural color, though you can find some dyed items.

👉 Style tips for raffia accessories:

Raffia accessories can be a great way to add texture and interest to simple outfits. But I’d be cautious about wearing too many raffia (or straw or crochet) accessories at once. I tend to avoid both raffia bag and shoes in the same outfit, unless the colors or textures are very different. But these combos can work well: shoes + belt OR hat / bag + belt OR hat.

Raffia accessories

Shoes

Raffia shoes can be a great option for the warmer months, especially for warm season travel or if you just prefer a closed-toe shoe. Good quality raffia shouldn’t be too scratchy, and will soften with wear.

Coach raffia loafers with brown leather trim.
CLASSIC & POLISHED
(Also available in black)
Gentle Souls raffia loafer
GOOD LOOKING & WELL-REVIEWED
(per reviews, they run slightly large)

Raffia Bags

Longchamp raffia tote with brown trim
POLISHED CASUAL CLASSIC
also available with red or black trim/accent

Raffia hats

J.Crew wide brim raffia bucket hat
NICE WIDE BRIM
& available in 4 colors

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8 Comments

  1. Hi Susan,
    Great advice and gorgeous styles – I’m a big fan of raffia and I think it suits my style. I own bags and hats and love their natural timeless design. No shoes though…but I think natural canvas or tan leather espadrilles pair well with them.
    Best wishes,
    Julie x

  2. Wow, I love the Vince slip-ons in raffia — I’m wondering if they’re lined in scratchy plastic mesh, as some other raffia shoes are — do you know? Last year, I was sure I’d love Sam Edelman’s raffia flats (shown in your photo montage), but the plastic mesh interior was a killer, esp at the seams.

  3. Seriously thinking of getting the small MZ Wallace Sutton Deluxe. Does anyone regret getting this size and not going bigger? Looking for everyday wear to the gym, errands, church etc. And to possibly travel with. Also, how is the quality? Reviews look positive for the most part.

    1. Deanna,
      I have the Micro Sutton, which is definitely small for many people but a perfect size for everyday for me. I’ve used it for over a year and it shows very little wear.
      MZ Wallace isn’t inexpensive but I’ve been pleased with all of my purchases.

  4. A year ago, you featured a Sam Edelman raffia loafer (https://unefemme.net/how-to-wear-navy-3-easy-outfit-ideas.html) that I purchased instantly w/the link you provided. It became a spring/summer workhorse and am currently debating whether they will be my one pair of non-sneakers for an upcoming trip to South Korea. I checked out the Birdies embroidered loafer (would be perfect for Asia) but it’s sold out everywhere in my size.