Spring 2013 Trends: Raffia
From utilitarian to ultrachic, raffia was woven into everything from skirts and jackets to shoes and accessories for spring. Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or a night in the city, this thick, earthy texture can be easily incorporated into a casual or polished ensemble. Stay on the lookout for the perfect piece as this natural fabric starts to hit the shelves.
You can’t go wrong with a raffia handbag for spring. From satchels to clutches, raffia stepped up its game working its way into more sophisticated silhouettes teamed with leather and detailing suitable for a night out. Even the classic beach bag gets a refined revamp.
Introduce raffia into your accessories for a bohemian take on the trend. Mixed with crystals, pearls and natural stones, pair these standout pieces with your favorite sundress or tunic. Don’t forget a classic sunhat perfect for lounging poolside.
Incorporate the trend into your shoes for the ultimate spring style. Modern takes on the fabric are seen using bright colors, fun patterns and mixed-media effects. Used in boots, flats and platforms alike, these styles will work well into the fall.
Stand out in raffia statement pieces sure to be conversation starters. Incorporated into clothing using heavy embroidery, embellishments and geometric patterns, raffia takes on a whole new look. From edgy to sophisticated, it proves to be a versatile fabric.