Archive for February 20, 2012

Editor’s pick — Raffia

Written by Lindsy Neer. Posted in Editor's Pick

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One trend that will definitely be popular this spring/summer is raffia accessories.

Haven’t heard of raffia before? It’s a type of palm tree, native to Africa and Madagascar, whose leaves’ fibers are used to make all kinds of jewelry — from bracelets to shoes to handbags.

I found some great raffia accessories under $50. First up is a pair of strappy wedge heels from Charlotte Russe. I’m a huge shoe person, so these are right up my alley. I’ve especially gotten into wedges lately because, at least for me, they’re easier to walk in and a bit more casual than a pump.

These wedges sport a pretty cross-stitch, so it’s not just one monotone color. They’d be perfect for flowy spring dresses, and I’d wear them with rolled up pants if the weather was still chilly.

My second pick is this cream raffia bowler bag from Dorothy Perkins. Since it’s a bowler bag, it’s large enough to carry all my stuff in without being overwhelming. I love its contrasting navy trim and the fact that it’s only $39!

If that’s too big, I also found this adorable raffia wristlet from the same designer. It’s only $21, and the feminine pink ribbon bow and trim add just enough to the wristlet to keep it from being too beige and boring. I’m not a huge fan of pink, but I’d love this for a day when my outfit isn’t feeling girly enough.

My final raffia pick is also my favorite. This brown studded weave headband from Miss Selfridge is incredibly affordable at $13, and I can think of a million outfits I’d love to wear it with. Since it has elastic, I imagine it’s pretty comfortable, which is key for me when it comes to wearing headbands.

What’s your favorite raffia accessory?


Photo: (raffia crochet fedora) courtesy of Taylor Jayne Ballantyne/Hat Attack/MCT