Planning Some Updates to My Spring-Summer Bag Wardrobe, Here are My Faves

Welcome to the 683rd Metamorphosis Monday!

My timing is always off for our Metamorphosis Monday party. I seem to always have a Before/After to share about two days after the party. lol If you missed it earlier in the week, I shared an update for the small passageway between my kitchen and living room here: I Listened to You and Went Back for Them.

I have a small Before/After in the works, I’m finally getting around to having this Giclee print/painting framed. I dropped it by Michaels about a week ago, so it should be ready before too long. Thankfully, I had a lot less trouble choosing a frame for it than I did the last time I had something framed. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you once it’s ready.

Painting for a Beach Themed Room


In the meantime, I have been obsessing over wicker and straw bags for spring/summer. Nothing says it’s spring-like pulling out my wicker and bamboo bags!

Cute Wicker, Rattan, Bamboo Bags for Summer


My favorite Bamboo bag for summer is this adorable Cult Gaia-inspired bamboo bag in the picture above and below. I like this bag so much, I’ve purchased it in two sizes. I actually like it a lot better than the more expensive Cult Gaia bag because it comes with an insert that hides your belongings inside and keeps the small items from falling through the little gaps. Unfortunately, it looks like there’s only one left available. Hopefully, they will get more in. You can see the one they still have left here: Bamboo Bag.


Another one of my favorite places to shop for wicker bags each spring is J. McLaughlin. That’s where the two wicker bags in the center of this photo came from.

Cute Wicker, Rattan, Bamboo Bags for Summer


Those don’t appear to be available this year but I did find this cutie on their website. Wherever they get their bags, I love how they always seem to have bamboo handles. It reminds me of Gucci and their iconic bamboo handle design. This cute bag is available here: Wicker Bag with Bamboo Handle.


I’ve been eyeing this bag for a while, the price is so reasonable.


I love this picture. Love the hat, too! You’ll find this bag available here: Wicker Bag for Summer.


In search of some very affordable straw bags for summer, I came across this one. This straw bag is handbag size, not tote size and it can be found here: Straw Bag. I love the addition of the ribbon/scarf. I’m totally going to copy that for one of my bags this summer!



If you’re headed to the beach this summer and need a large straw tote, check out this one: Larger Straw Bag in 2 Colors.  There are even more to choose from here: Straw Bags.


I love this woven tote for summer! Beautiful design and it’s from one of my favorite places to shop here: Straw Tote Bag.


Kate Spade always has a great offering in the wicker bag category each spring. This one is giving me Prada vibes…really cute! I like the gingham/plaid insert peeking out the top. I especially like how it closes up to secure the items inside. It’s available here: Kate Spade Wicker Bag with Gingham Insert.


Ralph Lauren has a cute straw bag out for spring.


Here’s how it looks for size reference. I love the size of the handles, they look substantial. I also really like the tassel detail! It’s available here: Straw Tote.


Here’s one more Ralph Lauren straw tote that’s out for this spring-summer–find it here: Ralph Lauren Tote with Leather Strap and Handles.


I love how colorful this one is, something you don’t see that often in straw or woven bags. It’s available here: Colorful Straw Bag.



This one screams tropical beach vacation, doesn’t it? Love the flamingo design! It’s available here: Flamingo Tote Bag.


You don’t often find straw bags that can be worn crossbody. I love a great crossbody bag for running errands or shopping. This one is by Ralph Lauren so it should be a great bag. It’s available here: Straw Crossbody Bag.


If you want to go with a designer bag, Dior has a new offering this year. I love their iconic oblique insert peeking out the top. Beautiful bag!


This bag is definitely on the pricey side, but it’s the only Dior bag I’ve ever come across that comes with one of their embroidered wide straps. The straps normally sell for $1,100 or $1,200 alone, so that’s a definite plus. This bag would be really cute worn with a sundress, shorts, or jeans as pictured below. You’ll find it available here: Dior Wicker Bag.


Here’s one more designer option if you prefer black bags. Prada normally produces this bag in white each spring, as well. I don’t see the white available right now so not sure if it’s delayed or just not available for this year. You’ll find it in black here: Prada Wicker Bag.


This wicker bag reminds me so much of the creel bags that are used in fishing, but with a twist. Cute, cute, cute! You’ll find it available here: Wicker and Leather Crossbody Bag, Can be Monogrammed.

Designers love to have fun with the designs of their summer wicker bags! This bag is great for those of us who like a smaller handbag. I love the fun shape! It’s available here: Small Wicker Bag.


One more designer offering is the Loewe Straw Bag. This bag has become a staple for Loewe, they seem to bring it back every summer. It has been super popular! You’ll find it available here: Loewe Straw Bag.


I can’t wait until the calendar officially changes over to spring so I can bring out my wicker bags and start wearing them again. Heck, I may not even wait that long because our temps are going to be in the 70s again this week, even hitting the 80s by next weekend! Spring appears to be arriving early in Georgia this year!

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  1. Love this!!! 31 degrees here at the shore in New Jersey. Such fun seeing all your great suggestions. It just might get me through until spring. Ordered the cute straw bag with scarf on the handle. I love your taste.

  2. I am continually amazed at how many different handbags you can find!

  3. I love my cork purse that I bought on our Spain Portugal trip. I don’t know if any are available here but it’s light weight and attractive. I can’t wait to bring it out.

  4. Cute cute bags! Thanks Susan and yay, bring on Spring!

  5. Love these straw bags…used to get one for Spring and Summer and then stopped. You have inspired me!

    • Thanks, Ann! It really feels like spring when I can bring out my wicker bags. I love that after all these years, they are still so popular for spring.

  6. Boy am I ready for it to be warm enough for a straw bag on the beach! Really lovely bags.

  7. Love the print and wonderful purses. Thanks so much for hosting, Have a happy March.

  8. Those are all just darling Susan – the Prada especially! It’s blustery and pouring rain today, so it’s nice to dream of 70 degree sunshine and wicker bags! 🙂 Thanks for the breath of spring, and for hosting this great party! Happy Monday!

  9. Hi, Susan! I absolutely adore this post today! I am ALL about the wicker/straw handbag! Love it! Regarding the calendar signaling time to switch out our seasons, I’ve completely scrapped it. I now use the 80 degree mark to indicate when it’s spring. And 84 degrees is predicted for Stockbridge this week so I am declaring it officially! 😉 Bring on the charm and light that is spring fashions! Take care!

    • Thanks so much, Laurel! Oh, I am so with you on that. I love, love, love wicker and straw bags for summer! I am following your lead–I decided yesterday to change out my winter header/banner at the top of the blog for the springtime one since we are having 70 and 80 degree weather here at least for the next 10 days. Spring seems to have arrived early! I hope it’s not playing a trick on us. Ha!

  10. Susan, no Staud Moreau?

    • I don’t see any wicker or straw bags on their website. Do they normally carry those? Maybe it’s too early in the season for them to have those in.

  11. Wow, you have (& found more) such a great selection of summer handbags. I received the Kate Spade bag for Christmas—it’s so adorable that I may have gotten it out of my closet last week just to ogle it!. It is even more adorable in person & I’m really looking forward to using it! That Prada is way beyond my budget, but a girl can dream!!

    • Oh, MerriJo–I would get that bag out and keep it out just to remind me that spring is almost here! 🙂 Kate Spade makes the cutest spring/summer bags! I love the whimsical ones that she makes in the shape of animals and fish and such. 🙂

  12. Cyndi Raines says

    I am happy it is going to be in the low 40’s tomorrow so I can take down my winter greenery and Christmas lights! Lol Yes, I am counting the days to spring, just about 3 weeks away per the calendar, but Michigan weather usually does it’s own thing and that means we usually get one last winter blast of snow around St. Patrick’s Day. All of those wicker bags are so cute, makes me want to change out my purse now too!

    • I hope you don’t get that last blast of snow. This has been the strangest spring, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it come and stay like this. We often get a freak week of warm weather in February, I remember that happened when the porch was just finished being built back in 2008. But normally after that, it goes right back to be freezing again. That isn’t happening this time, it seems to be staying quite warm. What I worry about is the birds are starting to nest and I’m afraid they will build nests, lay eggs, they’ll hatch and then we’ll get 20-degree weather one night. That happened one year several years back and I was broken-hearted when some baby chickadees in one of the birdhouses didn’t make it. So I just hope that doesn’t happen again, scares me when the warm weather kicks in this early and the birds start acting like it’s really springtime. I worry too much!

  13. So many beautiful bags to celebrate Spring and Summer! I love how they add the perfect pop of texture to any outfit or dresser. I’m definitely ready for flip-flop weather. Hugs and thanks for hosting, CoCo

  14. How I wished I still had some of my straw purses of long ago.

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