When you think of arm candy, you’d usually think of a Chanel 2.55 or a Chloé Drew, but there’s a new must-have out there this summer. Every fashion girl owns one, and every influencer is looking for the next Insta-famous style—of course, we’re talking about the straw bag. Raffia ruled the S/S 18 runway at the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim and Sonia Rykiel, and it’s now ruling your summer capsule. But where do you find one—especially on a budget? It’s no surprise both high-street retailers and high-end designers have provided us with a plentiful to pick from, but we recently found a new (and rather unlikely) source to shop from: Zara Kids.
You’ve heard of stealing candy from a baby, but now we’ll all be stealing (we mean purchasing) bags from the kids’ department this season. Suitable for adults, too, with totes, baskets and backpacks, there’s every trend to tick off one by one. And yes, they may be all on the small side, but this doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Jacquemus and Fendi put mini bags at the fore of their recent ranges, after all. Best part? The price tag matches who they’re really made for.
Whether you style up your new accessory with a linen shirtdress, printed slides and layered jewels, or opt for a belted short suit and mules, it’s all about letting your new Mini-Me bags do all the talking. Because let’s face it, when everyone asks where you got your amazing bag from, it’s bound to be a talking point you nabbed it from the Zara mini collection. Forget “borrowing from the boys”—it’s now about borrowing from the kids.