7 Wicker Basket Handbags That Are Equal Parts Retro, Bold, & Totally Practical

Did you think wicker bags and baskets were solely reserved for picnicking? Thing again: This super cute purse style is making a huge comeback, proving that wicker basket handbags aren't just for carrying around your ham and cheese. The basket bag seems like it's here to stay and it's easy to see why. These sweet handbags are not only fashionable, but they're functional too. Materials often range from very tough, strong wicker that could easily withstand a ride in your bike's basket to softer, straw-like derivatives strong enough to survive long days at the beach and gravely sand.

Reminiscent of summer holidays and 1950s movies (when a picnic was always a great date idea), wicker basket bags will lend a touch of nostalgic romance and whimsy to your outfit. There are tons of styles out there, too. You can choose from nautical looks that would be perfect for the aforementioned trip to the beach, unusual shapes that lend a European traveller tone to your ensemble, or rigid boxy types that add a ladylike touch to your outfit. Some big brands have fallen for this trend as well, from Hermès and its farming-inspired bag to Kate Spade and her super cute seashell shaped clutch.

So if you wish to add a touch of nostalgia to your wardrobe this summer, why not try a wicker basket bag?

1. The 1960s Vintage Basket Bag

Vintage '60s Wicker Bag, $21, Etsy

With its robust shape and metal fastening, you can take this wondrous little wicker basket on all of your adventures this summer.

2. The Strawberry Shaped Style

Betsey Johnson Strawberry Crossbody Purse, $78, Amazon

This bag is almost too cute for words and would be ideal for taking on a trip to a farm for a spot of strawberry picking.

3. The Fisherman Inspired Style

Fisherman's Basket, $57, Not On The High Street

This basket bag inspired by a fisherman's basket is a great choice for a day out. You can pack your camera and lunch and anything else you might need on a day trip.

4. The Ladylike Wicker Handbag

Wicker Purse Bag, $27, Etsy

This sophisticated rectangular style is giving me major Sandy from Grease vibes. Its versatile ladylike style means you can use it for a variety of purposes, [such as a spot of] LIKE lunch with your besties or a ride out on your bicycle.

5. The Pom Pom Basket Bag

Mini French Market Pom Pom Basket, $26, Not On The High Street

Inject a touch of luxe traveller vibes into your look with this adorably colorful pom pom bag.

6. The Spherical Shopping Basket

Florence Shopping Basket, $46, Not On The High Street

If you fancy something a bit more quirky yet still functional, you might wish to take this circular shopping basket with you on your next trip to the local market.

7. The Designer Ball Basket Bag

Rosa Mosa Wicker Ball Shoulder Bag, $234, Urban Outfitters

If you're looking for a fashion forward basket style bag, then this edgy ball bag will tick all the right boxes.

The best thing about these handbags? You can even fit your sandwich in most of them, which is the ultimate win.

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