Speed read: Wear raffia this summer for a care-free look
00:09 GMT, 29 March 2012
Tree-rrific: A raffia coat from Burberry
Raffia is always a hit when the sun starts to shine.
Invest now and you’ll be ahead of the game, especially since Burberry Prorsum, Michael Kors and Anya Hindmarch featured it heavily in their collections.
Raffia is a straw-like woven fibre made from palm tree leaves and is soft, pliable but strong.
The rough texture gives a care-free, bohemian, crafty feel to whatever it decorates.
Wear it this season and you can be sure you’re barking up the right sartorial tree.
HOW TO WEAR
This material is most frequently used for accessories. A raffia hat, tote or wedges will strike the perfect tone for spring. Raffia can be dyed almost any colour. Don’t feel restricted to yellow-ochre. Try candy-coloured pastels which are big news this summer.
The length to which a raffia palm leaf can grow — the longest in the plant kingdom
This is a statement fabric. Keep it simple with one raffia item per outfit.SHOPPING LIST
Striped raffia-weave skirt, 495, net-a-porter.com
Shilo strap raffia platforms, 65, topshop.com
Zig-zag raffia belt, 22, warehouse.co.uk
Orange trim raffia bag, 14,
flamingo clutch, 295,