Raffia, it's not just for baskets anymore...
Raffia is fighting its way into our everyday fashion items and is not just limited to beach bags and flip flops anymore. Applied in a tasteful way, raffia can evoke a strong sense of summer into an outfit and above, I've shown a few ways in which you can apply this to your outfits, even to work! Most of the choices above are neutral toned versions of the fiber since they will match up more easily with outfits and they can be a fun way to spice up, say, your typical leather nude/beige handbag or your basic wedges.
The Anne Klein skirt is a great example of how raffia is not limited to the weekends, you can incorporate more of this material into your workday by including pieces that are dyed darker and are therefore more serious and appropriate for office settings. Essentially, raffia is to summer what dark-toned tweed is to fall.
1. San Diego Hat Company Floppy Hat
2. Steve Madden Westii Wedge
3. Anne Klein New York Embellished Skirt
4. White House Black Market Patent/Raffia Belt
5. Elaine Turner Jane Raffia Satchel
Some disastrous examples of raffia gone bad are:
|Robert Clergerie - Naya / Image via thisnext.com|
|Robert Clergerie/ Image via polyvore.com|
A dreaded flatform... it's like they say, just because it's designer doesn't mean its good!
Here are a few past examples of raffia done beautifully, unfortunately they are either sold out or no longer available:
|Donna Karan / Image via stylehive.com|
|Charlotte Olympia - Dolly / Image via mytheresa.com|
|Colin Stuart / Image via ohmyshoes.it|
But! here is a really cute and affordable raffia style shoe for those who don't want to make huge commitments and only want to dabble in this trend:
So that's it for now everyone, have fun!
(Images via zappos.com, stevemadden.com, dillards.com, whbm.com, nationaljeancompany.com)