Oct 222012
 

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Photos: Alexa Chung; Courtesy of harpersbazaar.com, vogue.fr, popsugar.com.au.

I was just about to put my straw tote away during my wardrobe purge when I saw this latest look (the middle one above) of Alexa Chung. I knew a straw tote is practical and easy-going. Its ability to add a touch of bohemian glamour to any outfit also makes it never go out of style.

But I never thought I can carry it to a fancy dinner or a formal event while teaming it with something delicate as silk and lace, or glittering as metallic pieces.

These three looks from Alexa Chung are all unexpected (at least for me) ways to carry a straw tote. And needless to say, some of the pieces on her look like my grandma’s. But of course Alexa Chung paired them in a more modern and polished way.

On the left photo above, the straw tote added fun and easy vibe to her rigid clothing. In the middle, the tote along with flats toned down the luxurious and ultra-feminine lace dress; On the right look above, it brighten up the dark ensemble while echoing the easy-breezy look.

After this post, I definitely plan on taking my straw tote to a special dinner next weekend. One of my close friend will come from other side of the ocean to visit me. Nothing is better than a straw tote that can tune down my silk blouse and brocade jeans while adding a cozy touch to our get-together.

If you are hunting for one, no better time than now since most of them are on sale at this time of the year! Below are my favorites:

First one is a great find to start your straw tote collection. It’s simple and laid-back, can instantly add a bohemian vibe to our looks. The best part? The unbeatable price!

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Mar Y Sol (55% off now!)

Second one is my favorite. The silver hardware and neon handle make it stand out. Although it’s available in neon pink and yellow, I personally think that orange is a perfect color to rock year round.

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Rebecca Minkoff  (50% off now! similar here)

To make your straw bag even more versatile, can be taken to the office for instance, then this structured one can get the job done. The quiet color makes it a great canvas for this season’s hot embellished clothing, like the intricate lace dress on Alexa Chung above.

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Calvin Klein (on sale)

If you are looking for something more sophisticated, below is for you. The black leather trim really gives casual straw bag an urban chic vibe. You can take it from office directly to the airport or beach. And behold, it can be packed flat, easily throw into your suitcase!

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Marc by Marc Jacobs (48% off now! great style here, lust worthy one here)

Blame it to the Fendi Daisy collection, I can’t get enough of daisy patterns now. This one just makes me smile.

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Brighton daisy May straw

Which one do you like? And where will you take your straw tote?

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