Speed read: Wear raffia this summer for a care-free look

Speed read: Wear raffia this summer for a care-free look

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00:09 GMT, 29 March 2012


Tree-rrific: A raffia coat from Burberry

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.

80ft

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

Striped raffia-weave skirt, 495, net-a-porter.com

Shilo strap raffia platforms, 65, topshop.com

Shilo strap raffia platforms, 65, topshop.com

Zig-zag raffia belt, 22, warehouse.co.uk

Zig-zag raffia belt, 22, warehouse.co.uk

Orange trim raffia bag, 14, riverisland.com

Orange trim raffia bag, 14,
riverisland.com

Charlotte Olympia, flamingo clutch, 295, net-a-porter.com

Charlotte Olympia,
flamingo clutch, 295,
net-a-porter.com