Call me a lazy schlepper, but all I ask from a handbag is that it carry everything I own, with nary a hitch or switch. The alternative — constantly dumping my infinite number of essentials and repacking them in various totes — is too horrific to contemplate.
It’s also impractical, given my growing list of tech device take-alongs — iThis, iThat, Fitbits, noise-blocking headphones — and such new “must” items as bottles of hand sanitizer and extra pairs of glasses for every contingency: reading, working at my computer, watching a movie, driving or fending off the sun.
So you can see why choosing a new fall bag is not a task I take lightly. If you’re in the market for one yourself, consider these options.
Your best bet?
Conduct an in-store test-drive: Try loading the contents of your old bag into the new prospect, ignoring the dagger stares from salespeople as you do so. (If you’re shopping online, simply pick a bigger, softer “hobo” bag. Not only do these drawstring-bucket styles adapt easily to being stuffed, but the ones in black defy stains.) Try something like Asos Leather and Suede Hobo, H&M Leather Hobo or Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Nylon Hobo.
Whichever style you choose, you’ll find it’s just the thing to spark up last year’s wardrobe. Consider such candidates as Asos Front-Zip Leather Look Back Pack, H&M Backpack With Fringe, Nine West Pammy Fringed Bucket Bag or Zara Fringed Suede Bucket Bag (shown above).
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