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Spring bags to lighten up your look

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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  1. Jill
    March 28, 2022 / 3:32 am

    I am in love with the whole outfit as well as your purse!!! I bought the green coatigan after you featured it earlier. Do you find it is too heavy for this time of year? Again you look fabulous and just like spring!!!!!

    • Susan Blakey
      March 28, 2022 / 6:08 am

      Hi Jill, thanks! As to the coatigan, it depends on the day. We’ve had both quite warm and quite chilly days this month!

  2. Marie
    March 28, 2022 / 5:25 am

    These bags are like pieces of art. So pretty. I really beat up my bags quite a bit, in and out of car, toting papers, glasses, etc. Would need something more resilient, but could use a bag like this for day in the city or concert. Thanks for post.

  3. Marilyn
    March 28, 2022 / 6:06 am

    Susan, I had the identical bag to the one you’re carrying in the photo, back in the 1970’s! I should have kept it!

    • Margot
      March 31, 2022 / 9:09 am

      I did too! I think I got it at Pier One! Mine might actually still be at my mom’s house!

  4. No Fear of Fashion
    March 28, 2022 / 6:19 am

    This combination is fantastic. Love it to bits.

  5. Kay
    March 28, 2022 / 12:12 pm

    I love fun novelty bags like this. They can punch up an outfit. I have a couple of Kate Spade versions.

  6. MaryInMaryland
    March 28, 2022 / 5:35 pm

    Question for you and all the readers: at what point in the year are you comfortable breaking out wicker or straw bags? I try not to get too bogged down in “rules” but March seems early. Or maybe it’s just the 24 degree temperature and snow flurries today . . . .

    • Susan Blakey
      March 28, 2022 / 5:36 pm

      I think it does depend partly on your climate. If you’re still wearing a parka, it’s probably too early. 😉

  7. Judi
    March 28, 2022 / 6:25 pm

    Hi Susan
    Wonderful outfit. Where did you actually get the sweater coat? Really pretty color and design. You look great in that green shade, like the Darel green sweater I also own.
    The bags are cute but something I would not carry. Too much like going to a picnic for me and I live in year round warmth.

  8. Susan M
    March 28, 2022 / 7:41 pm

    I do like the look of the wicker bags, but in the past, have found that they ‘pill’ my clothing when the bag is rubbed up against what I am however, I do love your boots – especially the colour. I hope they are as comfortable as they look.

  9. Susan M
    March 28, 2022 / 7:42 pm

    Oops, meant to write, ‘what I am wearing.

  10. Kathleen McDermott
    March 30, 2022 / 12:40 am

    Wow. That outfit is A++++++++++. A work of art. I was almost too dazzled to notice the darling bags.

  11. Margot
    March 31, 2022 / 9:10 am

    I’m thinking a neutral linen purse organizer would keep things corralled in the wicker bags and be easy to switch from bag to bag.

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