Raffia Is Everywhere This Summer; Sport These 17 Standout Pieces


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Dec 21, 2023

Raffia Is Everywhere This Summer; Sport These 17 Standout Pieces

Larroudé Dolly Mule Raffia is everywhere this summer and for good reason. The material instantly adds a fun seasonal touch to whatever it adorns, from shoes to bags to clothing. “Raffia has always

Larroudé Dolly Mule

Raffia is everywhere this summer and for good reason. The material instantly adds a fun seasonal touch to whatever it adorns, from shoes to bags to clothing. “Raffia has always been a summer neutral, but has seen even greater momentum as of late,” says Marina Larroudé, Co-founder and CCO of Larroudé. “The material is both casual and sophisticated and pairs with everything in a summer wardrobe. I went to Japan in the spring for 10 days and only packed my Blair Ballet Flats in Raw Linen from Larroudé. They matched everything! Raffia is my new packing list staple.”

While raffia is trending this season, it’s always been a staple at Larroudé—and in the closets of stylish sorts. “Larroudé’s daisy embroidered raffia is a cornerstone of the brand—we’ve had it since day one,” Larroudé says. “This spring, we started to experiment with different iterations like the Marilyn Sandal in Natural Raffia and the best-selling Brigitte Mules in Beige Raffia which we are struggling to keep in stock. Each rendition offers a unique flare to this versatile material!”

One reason for its surge is its versatility. The fact that it can easily be dressed up or down is one of raffia’s perks. “Raffia is truly a unicorn material—it goes with everything! I like to wear raffia during the day with cotton summer dresses and dress them up at night with evening wear,” Larroudé says. “The juxtaposition of the materials makes every outfit stand out.”

Get in on the trend by shopping these raffia standouts.

Larroudé Ivy Ruffle Flats

“My favorite type of shoe to design is one that you can wear day to night,” Larroudé says. “I was just on vacation and only packed the Ivy Ruffle Flats in Raffia. These slides took me from the beach in the morning paired with a caftan to nights out in a mini dress. I really appreciate a shoe that can be worn multiple ways—it saves so much time!” $215, larroude.com

Vince Kayu Mara

On days when it feels like you have to carry half your home with you—laptop, shoes, water bottle—you might as well do it in style with this 100% raffia tote. The black hue and leather-wrapped handle adds sophistication to this classic carry-all. The hand-woven tote is made using indigenous techniques of locally sourced materials. $295, vince.com

Jenni Kayne Crochet Raffia Sun Hat

Whether you’re on a white sandy beach or the fields of Provence, this classic sun hat is meant for globetrotting. The light weave will keep you cool no matter where the summer takes you. $175, jennikayne.com

Clare V Totita

This tiny tote gets a major oui! Made for carrying just the essentials, though it’s small in size, it’s big in personality, courtesy of the fun green handle and red message. $175, clarev.com

Frances Valentine Small Bucket Regatta Stripe

The bucket bag gets a summertime makeover in woven raffia and stripes! The inner colorful striped lining with a drawstring closure keeps your knickknacks secure, while the adjustable strap makes the bag a comfort to carry. $198, francesvalentine.com

Forte_Forte Dress in Raffia and Eco–viscose

Raffia isn’t just for accessories, as this slinky LBD proves. All about its enchantingly irregular texture, the dress is made from eco-friendly viscose yarn and raffia. Made in Italy, the flared skirt lends it a flirty silhouette. $510, forte-forte.com

Golden Goose Women’s Super-Star LTD in Canvas

Raffia typically is seen on sandals and heels, but Golden Goose shows it can go cool and casual too, as evidenced by the raffia sole and toe on these sleek sneakers. The white canvas upper and tobacco-colored leather heel tab make this pair the perfect neutral summer sneaker. Dress them up or down! $655, goldengoose.com

Guess Raffia Straw Waist Belt

Wrap this raffia belt around any dress and you’ll instantly summer-ify your look. Meant to sit right on your natural waits, it’s as flattering as it is summery. $100, guess.com

Casadei Bellariva Mules

Jazz up your raffia with a side of sparkle. These heels have it all: a cork-covered base juxtaposed with hand-woven raffia decked out with rhinestones. $660, casadei.com

Serapian Melinè Handbag

Caramel-hued leather instantly luxes up raffia, not to mention the elegant square shape. Between the design and detachable shoulder strap, this bag easily goes from office to an after-work summer soiree. Plus, the inner pockets make staying organized a cinch. $2,100, serapian.com

Figue Weekender Bag

A weekender bag is the ultimate summer necessity, and this one certainly does the trick. A fun reminder that raffia doesn’t always have to be its natural color, the shades of blue really pop, while the exotic embroidery and tassels add textural touches. It also makes for a great beach bag. $425, figue.com

Birdies The Heron

Birdies are known for their comfort, so make these your go-everywhere summer shoe. Between the white embroidered floral design, Venetian-style loafer silhouette and navy blue raffia, they’re certainly up for the task. $165, birdies.com

Kurt Geiger London x Matthew Williamson Basket Raffia Tote

Kurt Geiger London and Matthew Williamson teamed up for the ultimate summer capsule collection that makes you want to book a beachside getaway. You’ll want to pack this raffia tote that has an enchanting ombre design and a top handle wrapped in a striking satin ikat print. $185, kurtgeiger.us

Larroudé Dolly Mule

“At night, I like a heel and have found myself reaching for the Dolly Mule in Raffia,” Larroudé says. The platform means you can comfortably keep them on all night, while the silhouette is a serious 70s throwback. $315, larroude.com

Schutz Lou Raffia Pump

Summer after summer, these classic pumps in raffia will never go out of style. Always elegant, the stiletto heel and pointed toe instantly elevates (pun intended) any outfit. $138, schutz-shoes.com

Vix Paula Hermanny Bucket Hat

Get two trends for the price of one: A bucket hat and raffia. Stay cool in the sun and safeguard your skin from its rays while looking impossibly chic. Consider it the ultimate vacation hat. $128, vixpaulahermanny.com

Naturalizer Fame Sandal in Raffia Leather

When comfort is key, skip on these raffia sandals that will keep your feet happy, thanks to the brand’s contour technology. The gold metallic leather trim adds a dash of sheen. $39.99, naturalizer.com