Wardrobe Wednesday has been temporarily moved to make room for the weekly One Room Challenge updates that go live on that day. Did you see the design plan for my office yesterday?! Ohh la la, it’s gonna be good!! And for those of you interested in getting a tiny sneak peek, stay with me until the bottom of this post. 😉
style crush | bags
In the unfortunate event that someone held a gun to my head and gave me the choice of giving them either 1) all my shoes OR 2) all of my handbags, I might just freeze under the pressure. It’d be a difficult decision for sure. Remember in SATC when Carrie got held up on the street and was forced to give up her Manolos?! In my faux fashion robbery scenario, I think bags would win out because they always fit and never hurt your feet. Sorry shoes, you lose.
A friend of mine once commented, “How many handbags does one need?” #allofthem!
But, I don’t like to play favorites with my bags. I’m fearful they’ll get jealous and really, what’s the point of having a variety of cute bags in your closet if you don’t rotate them out frequently? Think of your bag as an the final accessory to your outfit. It can add another layer of color, pattern or thoughtfulness to what you’re already wearing. AND, it’s functional. #winwin
I know it can be a pain to transfer things from bag to bag, especially if you carry a lot of stuff around, so sometimes I’ll just transfer my wallet and lip gloss or whatever I’ll need while I’m out that day. I don’t keep the kitchen sink in my bag, so it’s pretty easy to make the switch frequently. My mom, on the other hand, or friend Maggie . . . you pick up their bag and think you’re at the gym with a set of 50 weights.
Today, I’m sharing my favorite types of bags and the one my mom unknowingly chose for her (early!) Mother’s Day gift this year. p.s. Mother’s Day is a little over 3 weeksaway on Sunday, May 8 (but you knew that)!
First up, let’s talk crossbody bags! When my son was first born, I fell in love with the crossbody because it was functional for going hands free and I could just sling that bag across my body and go. Mine was a Michael Kors, kind of like this one and the outside pocket and divided inside was really handy.
They continue to be go-to, and the styles are cuter than ever now. The Kianna crossbody bag below is a recent favorite with its pretty perforated design. Such a perfect design for Spring. It’s also a bit bigger than some crossbody bags out there, so you can hold more things in it. With a crossbody bag, you just want to make sure it doesn’t compete with your necklace and that it’s comfortable with whatever top you’re wearing.
A good handbag should be in every girl’s rotation. It’s like the girlfriend you can always count on because they typically come with compartments (great for keeping organized) and aren’t so deep that you lose your phone or keys in the abyss. I’m sure we can all relate to that annoying fishing for things in our bag . . .
My Kate Spade bag above is easy to carry, very good quality, and comes in the prettiest bright pink and yellow now too, as well as black.
Even though totes don’t typically have compartments, they are great for their bigger size when you need more room. If I want to carry a notepad or book or my iPad, I’ll reach for my tote since I know it can easily carry the load.
They’re also easy to wear because you can comfortably wear them on your shoulder. My mint/tan faux leather reversible tote has served me well and I used it so often that I finally bought a second one in the navy/taupe color. It doesn’t have compartments, but comes with a detachable zipper pocket that’s good for makeup, keys, gum, etc.
As you can see below, I really love my reversible tote . . .
Which brings me to the very special bag I got for the most special woman in my life, my mom. She’s the opposite of me and doesn’t change bags with every outfit, but does have a small rotation she’ll change out every once in awhile. And she’s got that whole kitchen sink thing happening, so I think this bag will be perfect for her. It’s super roomy inside.
To find out which bag she’d like, I told her I was working on a blog post about bags (true!) and asked her to browse Nordstrom’s site to find the top 10 bags she liked so I could include them in the post (fib!). Then, I dug down to find out which one was her absolute fave. She said this Rebecca Minkoff Bryn Hobo bag. Um, good taste, Mom! It’s the same brand as my striped tote. I know she’d never buy this bag for herself, and she’ll even tell me it’s too much for her, but a million designer handbags could never show her how much she means to me and how much we need her in our lives.