Lounging: why raffia goes with everything in summer | Fashion
I I’m holding a raffia bag, but to be honest it could be a straw hat, a woven picnic basket, or woven sandals. Raffia is the fashion‘s favorite way of doing this look, being softer and more flexible than straw and therefore easier to make into clothes, but it’s the vibe of the basket that matters.
This summer, you can buy a seagrass lampshade from Ikea for £ 13 or Miu Miu raffia mules with crystal soles for £ 460. You can dress up your interiors with jute rugs and bamboo placemats, and match your woven hoops to your raffia belt. Raffia is the new leopard print: a neutral with an edge, the accent piece that makes you look and feel a little jazzy. Summer atmosphere, but make it fashionable.
A basket is to a real handbag what sweat pants are to pants, which is probably why raffia is the leopard print of the day. Baskets as holiday bags have always had a cult summer (Jane Birkin in the south of France still being so beautiful, after all) and the trend is more and more visible, on the streets and on Instagram, these last. years. But this year, raffia has taken off. It’s not just a look for fashionistas obsessed with Jacquemus straw hats and Bottega Veneta basket weave anymore.
As an interior trend, raffia brings an interior-exterior atmosphere, doors open. Raffia bags and shoes bring with them a feeling of being off the clock, Saturday morning, lazily stretching time instead of dancing to the beat of Google alerts. See someone walking down your street with a basket weave tote, and you think they’re probably wandering around stores to buy bread and paper. There is something local and pottery in a basket that matches the way many of us live today. I don’t know about you, but having such a long stay without going downtown for work has woven my daily life more closely into my local neighborhood and made me less inclined to venture far beyond. I’m very happy with a local mooch these days, and for that there is nothing better than a basket and a woven sandal. In a year where the vacation is unlikely to be exotic or tropical, raffia looks like a pleasantly achievable level of glamor. Put an out of the office feel on your leopard print and be a basket for awhile.