This Summer We’re Going Kitsch With These Quirky Basket Bags

This Summer We’re Going Kitsch With These Quirky Basket Bags

First came the bucket bag trend, then the return of beaded bags and then those half-moon Cult Gaia bags that every Insta girl (and her grandma) seemed to own. This summer, though, it’s the time of the kitsch holiday bag: playful raffia, wicker and basket designs that wouldn’t look out of place in a child’s dressing-up box. After all, when adult life gets ever more stressful, who doesn’t want to play pretend?

The definition of kitsch is “considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way,” and for SS19 designers are taking that to heart. Some are inspired by the animal kingdom, with bags shaped like bunnies (Loewe) and elephants (South Beach); others are looking to the humble fruit bowl (Pitusa and Mercedes Salazar). Many designers are offering OTT shell embellishments, while Sophie Anderson opts for the brightest rainbow hues for her eclectic, abstract designs.

There’s no need to shell out a fortune on these tongue-in-cheek designs, as the high street is awash with quirky pieces – we’re heading to Mango and Topshop for our holiday fix. If you aren’t quite ready to grow up (at least in the wardrobe department), read on for our favourite kitsch basket bags…

Who doesn’t need a basket bag with a giant gold shell embellishment?

Aranaz Brown Kailei Shell Raffia Bucket Bag, $190, available at Browns

Update your circular raffia bag from last year with this quirky addition. This comes with a cross-body strap for daytime wandering, and a top handle so you can carry your newfound friend to dinner in the evening.

Mango Turtle Coffer Bag, $69.99, available at Mango

Sophie Anderson’s pieces feature handwoven raffia in abstract designs inspired by the intricate gold work seen in the souks of the Middle East. This means that no two of her bags are the same.

Sophie Anderson Caba Leather-Trimmed Raffia Tote, $325, available at Net-A-Porter

Fruit is everywhere this season: you can get your sartorial five-a-day via printed dresses, in jewellery form (check out SANDRALEXANDRA) and emblazoned bags. Topshop is a great source of playful designs, like this cherry bag.

Topshop Fruity Cherry Straw Tote Bag, $22, available at Topshop

We’re starry-eyed for this cosmos-inspired Mercedes Salazar bag. The Colombian indie brand has become our favourite for accessories with an unusual twist.

Mercedes Salazar Mis Estrellas Marillas Bag, $245.26, available at Shopbop

While you may know Pull&Bear as a great source for affordable clothing, they also stock kitschy wicker bags like this structured shell design. It’s big enough to fit your phone, lip balm and sunglasses – all the summer essentials.

Pull & Bear Shell Rattan Bag In Beige, $29.99, available at ASOS

Who can resist this super cute strawberry bag? We love the level of detail in this design, from the seed detailing to the woven leaves.

Pitusa Strawberry Bag, $57.78, available at Shopbop

Two words: Elephant. Bag. Use this to carry your picnic next time you head to the beach.

South Beach Rattan Elephant Straw Cross Body Bag, $75, available at ASOS

Those clusters of mini shells are adorable.

Heimat-Atlantica Celeste Bag, $351, available at Farfetch

This Mango design looks more like a kid’s arts and crafts project than a bag. We’re sold.

Mango Bamboo Shells Bag, $59.99, available at Mango

Carry your own rainbow with this Skinnydip London tote bag.

SkinnyDip London Monique Rainbow Tote Bag, $32, available at Skinnydip London

When you only have space for one evening bag in your carry-on, pick Aranaz’s playful crab design.

Aranaz Neutral Malia Woven Crab Clutch, $150, available at Browns

We would style this delectable watermelon bag with our favourite sundress and colourful sunglasses.

Topshop Sun Watermelon Straw Mini Bag, $22, available at Topshop

Who would have thought a pineapple bag could look grown-up? Thanks to the simple design and sleek gold detailing, Serpui Marie has achieved just that.

Serpui Marie Pineapple Clutch, $235.04, available at Shopbop

Why choose just one fruit-inspired bag when you can carry the entire fruit bowl?

Mercedes Salazar Cartera Tutti Fruti Bag, $290.86, available at Shopbop

Mango comes up trumps for unusual bags. Case in point: this handmade elephant cross-body design.

Mango Handmade Elephant Bag, $69.99, available at Mango

You won’t be able to hear the sea with this & Other Stories clutch, but you will be able to pretend that you’re on a tropical island (even if you’re really on the Norfolk coast).

& Other Stories Woven Straw Seashell Clutch Bag, $35, available at ASOS

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