When life gives you lemons, grab a couple of limes and oranges and throw them in a net bag – you’ll be the hottest it-girl on the ‘gram. Laugh if you will, but this summer fashion trend isn’t going anywhere.
Being in the fashion industry, I find myself browsing some of the best fashion blogs and magazines for inspiration on the daily. This phenomenon of fruit in fashion struck me as odd when I first spotted it budding as early as last fall. Since then, the trend has totally taken over Instagram feeds and fashion editorials alike.
What’s defining the summer fashion trend
So what is all of this sweet ruckus about? In a push for sustainable fashion, the net back (resembling cotton fishnet) has officially made it’s debut on the fashion scene. Found mostly in off-white as well as black and a few neutral colors, it is a small-footprint solution to toting around daily essentials (and apparently fruits). Pro tip, don’t try to tote around small or projecting items. My YSL logo bag constantly gets stuck in the strings, and I think I’ve lost more than a few chapsticks along the way.
However, they’re not totally impractical. Aside from fruits, I’ve used mine to tote along pool essentials (sun screen, towel, sunglasses) and girl’s brunch essentials (champaign and more champaign). They’re actually quite sturdy, and because they are constructed with so little material, they’re easy to shove into a small bag once you empty the contents. Perfect for travel.
Plus, who doesn’t want a more sustainable solution for fashion? They’re typically cotton without any synthetic materials, and that makes the earth smile. The new fashion consumer is also globally conscious, and understanding the waste that’s also involved with many fashion choices, the fishnet bag is a refreshing option.
Who’s wearing net bags stuffed with citrus
How the best fashion blogs are sporting the trend in their wardrobes… carrying around their oranges. Honestly, I’m not sure who started the trend. Either there’s some kind of orange cleanse going around that I don’t know about, or maybe just the rich orange color pop makes the combo intriguing. Whatever it is, the best way to wear this summer fashion trend is with citrus in hand.
No one on Instagram is missing out on this playful fashion and style. From major fashion influencers like the Haute Pursuit and Jasmine Dowling to the fashionistas spread across the world, the year of the citrus fruits has officially arrived.
A flaunt-able favorite, these mega babes are rocking the loaded net bag over brunch, poolside, and a run through the city. It’s a great companion to the market to pick up some fresh produce on your way home from work – just don’t forget to snap a pick and share it with your besties!
How to wear the trend
With citrus fruits (obviously). But for real, style them with citrus fruits. Or… if you’re looking to mix it up, throw in a magazine or two and a coin purse to keep things fresh. There are tons of ways to style your net bag. Your outfit combo can be anything from a business suit to a swimming suit. They key here is the emphasis on all natural, sustainable fashion. Wear this summer fashion trend with a smile, because it’s good for you and for the ground you walk on.
Some of the most popular fashion blogs use the fruits as a pop of yellow or orange to play off the fruit’s appealing shade. Gingham print is one of the hottest current fashion trends, and can definitely be paired with your bag of fruits for a fun, punchy combo. Retro sunnies – also a must.
Prefer to keep it neutral? Many others are following the sustainable color palette of Mother Nature. You’ll often find the bag paired with earth browns, nudes and petite floral prints.
Ready to rock the trend? When you’re done stomping around the city lookin’ like a snack (or at least carrying one) be sure to bring napkins to keep that all-white look free of citrus splash.