Back to School Bags for Grown Ups

8 years ago

My last first day of school was many moons ago. But now that I have a job that runs by the school calendar I'm prone to newness come September. I clean off my desk and pretend it's my new year. I also have a bit of a crush on handbags; looks, textures and styles. I'm pleased that when it comes down to it, a handbag will never make my butt look too big. I can't get uniboob from my bag. While I'm not in the market for anything new I'm more than happy to discuss them at length and imagine the waft of new bag smell.

I know I've said it once but I'll say it 150 more times before The Masses really understand that if you're going to spend money on something...your hard earned money that took hours of toiling away to earn then you should spend it on form and function over the trend du jour. So if 'hardware' is in? Great. But I'm wholly against dropping $450 on a bag from Trendy New Designer because you saw it in Vogue.

My sophomore thru senior years of college all I did was intern and it seems that people are heading into the professional workforce earlier and earlier these days. So when it comes to form and function my absolute favorite bag is courtesy of the Coach outlet. A classic Coach "shopper" with zippers and pockets galore. Large enough to fit a laptop and work paraphernalia. Most importantly it fits a smaller clutch inside. The smaller clutch is imperative: It keeps me from losing the really important things and inside the clutch I usually keep the essentials. From meds to cash to lip gloss.

Right now is the time to have a transitional that goes seamlessly from day to night for your transitional life. The clutch is in there so to keep from carrying something cumbersome at night after a long day.

I suggest simplicity. Nothing over the top hence my hesitance towards anything trendy. I like things that can be tossed over my shoulder or cross-body for those busy commutes on buses and metro cars but nothing that is too extravagant because let's face it: as an intern to the newest member of Congress from Indiana you're getting paid in the negative dollars.

Here are my current favorites:

1) The clutch above from Martin & Osa ($99.50)

Italian leather clutch with a sleek, sophisticated silhouette that
transcends day into night. Subtly detailed with trapunto stitching + a
single front pleat.

2) The Kangaroo Pouch Tote/Messenger from the Kinies Etsy shop ($39)

the tote / messenger is made from a Brushed Cotton in GRAY and fully lined in Black viscose. It is a pretty big bag for carrying your gadgets (laptops, books, ipods…). You will love the carefully stitched seams and the durable material, which is pretty awesome!

3) Hollywood Intuition Tote from Target ($29.99).

The purple made me fall in love.

4) Dakine Valet ($64)

I own this bag. It fits perfectly over the handle of my carry-on luggage for run through the airport Mondays.

5) Dooney & Bourke Extra Large Gwenny Tote ($195)

All hail the nylon. When the guy next to you spills his Starbucks on your bag you won't have to freak out.

BlogHer CE, HeatherB also writes about whosits and handbags galore at her personal blog No Pasa Nada.

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