If you treat yourself to ONE new handbag this spring, this should be the one 2 years ago

If you treat yourself to ONE new handbag this spring, this should be the one

They were already doing the rounds on blogs and Instagram accounts last summer, and there was hardly a fashionista or style influencer anywhere that wasn't seen clutching a Cult Gaia bamboo bag.

And you'll see why the trend is set to continue this summer too – and why you need to hurry up and bag one (pun intended) for yourself right this minute.

You might not realise it yet, but the basket-shaped clutch with top handles is pretty much the perfect bag for any outfit you might be wearing over the summer months, from sundresses to jeans, and you'll no doubt be reaching for it again and again if you pack it in your holiday suitcase when heading away this summer.

Just look at how Jessica Alba pair hers with the perfect white sundress.

Can you get a more perfect summer look, we ask you:

Even better – it also looks all sorts of city-break chic when paired with jeans and heels:

Convinced yet?

Look, we know it doesn't come cheap (available in sizes 'mini,' 'small' and 'large,' prices for the Gaia Ark starts at €103 (+ shipping), but as far as investments go, this is a real 'treat yo' self' buy you will no doubt cherish for years to come.

Bargain copy

If you still feel like the Cult Gaia is a little pricy – which it is, of course, fear not, because we have hunted down a very decent (and way more affordable) copy for you – meaning you can get the look for a fraction of the price.

Win-win.

I mean, look at this! We think this is one helluva good knock-off, no?

SKYlive Handmade Bamboo Bag, £25.99, Amazon.co.uk