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Raffia Bags. How to style them with flair in the city

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Summer is the perfect time to experiment with fresh looks using natural materials, play with accessories, and create outfits that harmonise with longer, warmer days.

One accessory you can’t miss is the raffia bag, which in recent years has transcended the confines of holiday wardrobes to showcase its versatility on the runways of renowned brands.

Today, we’ll explore how to wear it with style and ease in the city, adding a chic and refined touch to your summer outfits.

  1. Pairings with shorts or Bermuda shorts

An easy look for the hottest days: a pair of shorts (even denim) paired with a light top and a comfortable raffia crossbody bag. Complete the outfit with white sneakers or ballet flats.

For a more elegant alternative, opt for Bermuda shorts, paired with a striped shirt or top, ballet flats or sandals, and a crossbody or a maxi raffia shopper. This look is perfect for city strolls or a day of shopping.

  1. Neutral Tone Pairings

Neutral-toned outfits are a staple for a formal and understated look, perfect for the office. Experiment with light combinations in cream and beige, or opt for darker hues in black and navy. Choose a mini raffia bag or larger styles for a fresh and minimalistic vibe.

Alternatively, pair comfortable wide-leg trousers (such as palazzo or carrot styles) with a light t-shirt and a raffia crossbody bag.

A midi skirt is another excellent choice, especially in eyelet or linen fabric, paired with a lightweight blouse, sandals, and a raffia bag with eco-leather details.

Complete the look with understated jewellery for a polished finish.

  1. Pairings with Maxi Dresses and Shirtdresses

Printed dresses and multicoloured maxi dresses are perfect for achieving a feminine and boho-chic look. Complete the ensemble with lace-up sandals featuring metallic details and a raffia bag adorned with fringes or vibrant colours. This creates a stylish and summery outfit.

  1. With Mini Dresses

If you prefer to show off your legs, a mini dress in linen or lightweight fabric, whether white, black, or patterned, paired with flat sandals or espadrilles, is the way to go. Add a spacious straw bag for a holiday-inspired look that’s also perfect for the city. Fresh and fashionable.

  1. Denim pairings

You can’t go wrong with denim, another incredibly versatile wardrobe staple. There are countless ways to pair a raffia bag with jeans. For the office, try jeans with a blazer and a t-shirt or top, paired with slingbacks or ballet flats, and a round straw bag. This look is perfect for a day that might end with an evening aperitif: simple yet striking.

  1. A touch of street-style

Have you ever considered pairing a street-style look with a raffia bag? This style blends the originality of bold combinations of diverse pieces with the simplicity and comfort of the look.

The result is a modern outfit thanks to the mix of structured and casual items. For instance, choose a tailored suit with clean lines and pair it with flat sandals or platform shoes for a surprisingly harmonious effect. Another option is to wear an oversized men’s shirt left open over a white t-shirt or tank top, paired with comfortable trousers and pointed mules or sneakers. Finally, add a raffia shopper bag, either handheld or over the shoulder, for a trendy ensemble.

For an even more urban touch, complete the look with a baseball cap.

  1. Pairings for an Aperitif or Evening Out

A raffia bag can also complement a more refined evening look. Simply choose a mini bag with some detailing and pair it with a long, silk-effect dress and sandals. A raffia clutch is also perfect for an elegant evening.

For a more casual option, consider a wicker bucket bag paired with a little black dress or stylish trousers and flat sandals. This chic look is ideal for an aperitif with friends.

Some tips 😊

  • Experiment with balance. As seen in some of the looks, experimenting with pairings of different pieces can be successful when balanced. If the raffia bag is the standout accessory, avoid overloading with other accessories.
  • Consider the occasion. Tote bags models are ideal for daytime, while mini bags and clutches are perfect for evening.
  • Personalise your outfit. Express yourself with a touch of originality: if you have a plain raffia bag, you can add a colorful scarf to the handles, tassel keychains, or pompoms.
  • Security and practicality. Choose a model with an inner lining to keep your belongings safe, or if the bag is spacious enough, include a small pouch inside to organize your items.

After exploring these examples, I’m sure that the raffia bag will become your next must-have accessory for natural and chic looks.  👜

I’m curious, which of these looks has inspired you the most?

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Linda

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