Summer means all kinds of cute bags, am I right? One item I am into lately are purses. I am loving how a rattan bag can elevate an outfit and can add texture.

This post was originally published in July 2019 it has been updated and revamped.

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This dress is from Asos in a size 16. My bag is from Target. The polka dot dress is thrifted and the button up shirt is from Target. Here are similar items from this post:

Rattan Bag

This rattan bag was gifted from Amerii. Mine is sold out. You can shop their bags here:

Why a Rattan Bag?

I think summer is the perfect time to be a bit more creative with my outfits. It’s easy to fall into a routine of wearing the same items over and over again. Additionally, I do not want to be shopping all the time. It’s easy to get in a bit of a rut since it is so hot. However, summer accessories like this rattan bag add instant visual interest and variety to an outfit.

Straw arm-candy shouldn’t be reserved solely for the beach, nor should wicker baskets only make an appearance during picnics.

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For instance, I added this bag to my thrifted dress with a shirt tied at the waist. I have more ideas for Summer outfits here and on my Instagram.

What to Look For In a Rattan Bag

Here is what I like about this Amerii bag and what I look for when shopping for a rattan bag:

1. Unique Shape & Design

First, I’m drawn to bags in unique shapes to add something different to an outfit. You can go with a circle shape or boxier style bags. I think about the print in my outfit and how it can contrast with it. Similarly, this bag also brings some texture to my outfit.

2. The Right Size

Rattan Bag

Next, I consider the size when buying a rattan bag. For example, I like my bag to be big enough to make a statement without overwhelming my outfit. Now, if I don’t need to carry a lot of items, I can go with a smaller size. In my opinion, it is about finding that right balance.

3. Functional

Finally, what’s the point of a bag if you can’t even use it? I opt for bags that can actually carry items. In case you were wondering, I got my essentials in both of these bags.

Rattan Bag

Because getting dressed (and living life) should feel good!  -Vivian

This post was originally published in July 2019 it has been updated and revamped.

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