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Would You Wear… a Wicker Purse?


Wicker and straw handbags on celebs and the Chanel runway
Photo Credits: 1, 3: Pacific Coast News, 2: Chanel runway via

Patio furniture, picnic baskets, and… purses? While wicker may not traditionally be thought of as a celebrity-approved accessory material, it has recently been spotted on big name celebs like Rachel Weisz and Florence Welch. Even Karl Lagerfeld, arguably the most notable trendsetter out there, sent woven straw bags down the runway.

Wicker purses are very summery, but the style may also be able to transition into fall. Florence Welch (pictured above-right) wore hers to a recent music festival, and we couldn’t like it more on her! So the question that begs an answer is: can the wicker purse trend translate from celeb style to college campuses?

So, we want to know: would you wear a wicker purse?

If yes, how would you wear it? Is this look something you’ll try? Which style above is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it!

Posted on on August 7, 2012 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , , ,

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19 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Wicker Purse?”

  1. 1
    August 7th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I have a cross-body one that I bought at Value World for $1.50 and absolutely love! It goes with everything but I don’t think it will transition into fall well. But for such a low price, I don’t mind that I will only be able to wear it half of the year.

  2. 2
    August 7th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I also got a wicker purse at a thrift store for about 4.50. I think that would definitely be the place to go for accessories like that. I got it in the spring and have been using it all summer. I get so many compliments, and I love it!

  3. 3
    August 7th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Nope, I wouldn’t wear one. But I love the blue dress!

  4. 4
    August 7th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Haha, I actually just bought one at an estate sale this past weekend! I had no idea they were popular.

  5. 5
    August 7th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Duh! I am on the hunt for one now. How could you write an article about these and not mention Jane Birken?

    She preferred them over Birken bags!

  6. 6
    August 7th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I think they look cute, but I don’t really feel the desire to have one.

  7. 7
    August 7th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I think they’re pretty! They have a vintage kind of 1950s look, and I think they’re fairly classic as a summer staple. I’ve been trying to find one I love!

  8. 8
    August 7th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Of course, wicker is no longer just for out grandmother’s rocking chairs. I love them they are an update on straw bags and their so ladylike and give a nod back to vintage era, I could picture Audrey Hepburn with a wicker purse :)

  9. 9
    August 7th, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Yes! I have a wicker satchel typ bag that I’m going to use for school this semester! I think they r super cute and different

  10. 10
    August 7th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I’m not a fan of small handbags or totes but if it were a little larger then I would wear one. Maybe? lol

  11. 11
    August 7th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Just because I like to try new things, I think I would :) haha

  12. 12
    August 7th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I think they’re super cute and they would definitely fit in here in Charleston. I would probably wear one similar to the one Rachel Weisz has in that picture.

  13. 13
    August 7th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    awww its like moonrise kingdom!!!!

  14. 14
    August 8th, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I bought one like a month ago in TopShop(it was on sale) since its winter here where I live and that was part of summer seasson..I too had no idea they were popular!! I just loved it! it looks so classy but at the same time casual and big enough for Uni.

    gotta have one! .

  15. 15
    August 8th, 2012 at 6:13 am

    A straw basket- the original Birkin bag! I would definitely wear one of these, though perhaps not for fall.

  16. 16
    August 8th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I would wear a larger-scale piece – I’ve never liked the tiny handbag with thin shoulder strap combo, wicker or not.

  17. 17
    August 20th, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I was given a wicker clutch as a gift from my grandmothers bag collection. I think it looks cute summer vintage! Haven’t decided what to wear it with.

  18. 18
    March 19th, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Yes of course, I’ve had them and used them all my life not because it’s a trend but because I like them. Audrey Hepburn used to carry one way before anyone thought it was trendy. Some people will love them simply because, some will use them because it’s the trend no matter how they feel about them. Be true to yourself you either love them or you don’t.

  19. 19
    September 13th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Yes I would wear a wicker purse I have one and I love it. I’ve gotten many compliments too.

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