It is starting to dawn on me that dressing well, or rather distinctively, lies not so much in the clothing itself. Instead it is in the details that an outfit is elevated.

By “details,” I’m referring to bags, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories. If you want to up your style game, these accoutrements can take you there.

For summer, I think one of those key details should be a purse/handbag in a lightweight textured material. The bags I’m thinking of remind me of a summer picnic basket…the kind you see in old movies. This look is so classic, enduring, and endearing.

Here are some woven bags that offer that special style quotient without a massive price tag. If you don’t already own a special summer bag, what are you waiting for???

I love, love, love this round bag from Zara. Check out the inside. It has that classic picnic basket material. Yes, it would be awkward to open at a moment’s notice, but it’s oh, so cute and can be worn as a crossbody. Push it toward your derriere and you will be as fetching from the back as from the front. Round Bag from Zara. $69.90. http://www.zara.com.

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Here is one that reminds me of the macrame that was so popular in the ’70s. Love it. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.

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How about one with black tassels? Love it. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.

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Prefer ruffled raffia? No problem. Zara has that covered. Ruffled Raffia Bag. $59.90. http://www.zara.com.

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Here is one that would look so sweet with denim. I love that it can be worn over the shoulder or you can hold it with the handles. It also comes in a black version. $45.90. http://www.zara.com.

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ROUND WOVEN BASKET

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Prefer all black. Here is a handle purse that is guaranteed to stand out in a crowd. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.

ROUND STRAP BASKET

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Jute Bag with Tassels. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.

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Rattan Bag from Zara. $49.90. http://www.zara.com.

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