The girl with the straw basket is the new domestic goddess: one behalf homely and relatable, one part glamorous and aspirational



‘What to stand up with the basket? A jumpsuit, like this one, has the right insouciance.’
Photograph: David Newby for the Paladin

There is only one place to be seen on a weekend morning, and it is not at a yoga category or brunch – 2017 and 2016, respectively – but at the market. This summer, if you are not expending your Saturday morning floating between stalls, clasp peaches and gently flirting with artisan cheesemakers, then you want to at least look as if you are.

Pack away the athleisure, and dress as if for a boob to the market. It’s a reasonably practical aesthetic, but firmly sighted on a hallucination lifestyle. You may be going to buy potatoes and an overpriced pain au chocolat at a husbandmen’ market in a primary school playground, but should look as if you’re in Provence, browsing brocante in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, or handing over your euros for waxed manuscript parcels of pissaladière to take home for lunch in Lourmarin.

It starts with a basket. The mademoiselle with the straw basket is the new domestic goddess: one part affable and relatable, one part glamorous and aspirational. A day in which a straw basket is apportion is, by definition, a good day. It requires no heavy lifting: you can only fit a join of baguettes and a bottle of rosé, max, so someone else is going to compel ought to to go to Tesco and get the dishwasher tablets. Unlike the drearily useful textile tote, it is unwieldy once filled, suggesting your excursion is a brief potter before returning to the sofa, rather than a day-long lasting quality test. The straw basket has evening-bag attitude – this is playtime; practicality be cuss care. This bag is for a jaunt, not a chore.

What to wear with the basket? A jumpsuit, in the manner of this one, has the right insouciance. As does a full skirt, or a shirt frock. Off-the-shoulder is very market dressing (quite French, a bit formal but in a nonchalant way). Also market dressing are: culottes, clothes that button result of, lightly tanned skin, big earrings, hats, ponytails lined with silk scarves. But not all at once, please. This is worthy. You want to bring a soupçon of Françoise Hardy to your ramble out for coffee and the papers, not look as if you are in drag as Bardot.

Market dressing, homologous to its Saturday morning predecessor athleisure, works for the weekend because it joins practicality (a skirt or jumpsuit you can walk in, reasonably sensible shoes, easy-going fabrics) with adequately stardust to honour your leisure time as the precious commodity it is. Hawk dressing is for days off which do not include long journeys or cocks-crow starts or complex scheduling. The best kind of days, in other despatches. And well worth dressing up for.

Jess wears jumpsuit, £179, and earrings, £29, both whistles.com. Bag, £29.99, zara.com. Rinds, £50, office.co.uk. Styling: Melanie Wilkinson. Hair and makeup: Samantha Cooper at Carol Hayes Direction.

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