One of the first things I switch in my wardrobe for summer is bags. Woven bags have been around forever, but over the last few years, they’ve really caught on.
I personally love this laid-back style and the fact that, even if I still need a light sweater, woven bags typically feature a neutral, light color that make longer, sunnier days feel within reach.
In this post, I’m sharing the best woven bags of 2020. These woven crossbody, clutch, backpack, and woven tote styles can take you from spring to vacation and all the way through the end of summer.
The Best Woven Bags Under $200
Outfit Details: Free People Top (similar here), Woven Bag, MISA Skirt
Best Woven Bag Buying Guide
Woven bags have been around for ages, but in recent years, they made the transition from vacation-only accessory to spring and summer closet essential. Some designers have even created sturdy, high-quality woven bags with materials like leather than can be toted year round.
To help you decide which of the above pieces is the right addition to your closet, here’s a brief guide to picking the best woven bag.
Decide on Style Before You Buy
I’ve been guilty of pulling the trigger on an eye-catching bag too soon in the past. As a result, many bags end up sitting in my closet without much use. I recommend deciding whether you want a woven tote, woven crossbody, or woven clutch prior to shopping so that your dollars will be well spent.
For Versatility, Err on the Side of Simplicity
I’m all for a gorgeous statement bag, but simple, neutral, and versatile are the name of the game if you want a bag that will match with outfits in all corners of your closet. Most woven bags check the neutral box regardless of their size or style, but some of the options listed above, like the fringe tassel clutch and blue leather woven clutch, will pair with fewer items than a large woven tote, for example.
This should go without saying for any wardrobe purchase, but it’s especially important to mention when discussing products made with natural materials. Raffia and straw can feel uncomfortable against the skin if not made properly. For example, I own the convertible woven backpack above, and while it works fine on the back from beach house to sand, I wouldn’t recommend wearing it on the back all day as it can feel itchy. Thankfully, that style has a top handle to change things up if you want to tote it into town for a few hours.
I hope this post took you one step closer to finding an affordable woven bag you’ll love and wear all spring! Please let me know what other season style round-ups or guides you want to see this spring in the comments below. xo!