Nothing about it says “chic” and I would never be caught dead wearing it to the beach let alone a formal event. Yet, fashion gods like Michael Kors and Tory Burch have successfully put a positive spin on straw! Yes, the same straw used to make Grandma’s beach bag and the straw hat you would rock if you lived on a farm in Iowa.
This passé material is now being paired with fine fabrics and skins to make the clutch. Woven straw bags are hot this summer with prices ranging from high-end to under $100. My favorite design is the Kara Ross woven straw clutch with python trim, but the hefty price tag is somewhat discouraging when you think of how cheap it is to make a straw bag (minus the snakeskin). Luckily, you can find this trend from various designers to match any budget, so shop smart and indulge!