GOACA wardrobe classics: The saddle bag

There is something very cool girl about saddle bags. And not cool girl in the Gone Girl way, but cool as in somebody you just see on the street or at a party and think: I want to be that chick. They’re just so classic and effortless, and frequently big enough to carry a decent portion of your life around with you.

little liffner saddle bag

The less hardware the better on saddle bags, as far as I’m concerned. But I do like the D-ring on this otherwise quite clean bag from Little Liffner.

steven alan saddle bag

I like the idea of a canvas bag, and this one is kind of preppy chic with the leather strap and details.

cuyana saddle bag

The simple gold bar on this choice from Cuyana sets it apart.

longchamp saddle bag

And I really like this one from Longchamp; it’s got good lines.

clare v saddle bag

From Clare V: The braided strap is unexpected here.

welden saddle bag

I know this is on the crazy side and maybe not for everyday, but I do think it’s fun.

 

frye saddle bag

A bit of a departure from the traditional shape, but I like that it’s red.

mansur gavriel saddle bag

And this one from Mansur Gavriel comes in a ton of colors, but I adore the army green and think it would be quite versatile.

french connection saddle bag

A super-well-priced option.

apc saddle bag

I like the faux crocodile effect on this one from A.P.C..

ll bean saddle bag

And I’m quite intrigued by this one from LL Bean.

coach saddle bag

And finally: Coach makes a good choice if you’re looking for something super-unadorned.

 

Here is a post on great bags for everyday.

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22 Thoughts on GOACA wardrobe classics: The saddle bag
    Dana D
    23 Mar 2018
    8:29am

    I love saddle bags. That first picture is perfection…

    But dammit, I would need a smaller wallet AND a smaller lipstick bag, and I wouldn’t be able to carry both pair of glasses (reading and sun) and the other little bags that hold my essential tools and headaches meds, and then…well, the phone is also now bigger.

    Love them but they wouldn’t hold the stuff I lug I around.

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    Gemma
    23 Mar 2018
    8:35am

    I have a vintage orange Coach saddle bag that I found in a thrift store. It’s the best $6 I’ve ever spent. I love that bag so much and orange somehow goes with everything.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Mar 2018
      8:30pm

      What a score!

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    Nicole
    23 Mar 2018
    9:24am

    I adore a saddle bag for all the same reasons. Before Coach stopped making their classic bags (moment of silence for their former leather goods), I bought a brown leather saddle bag, with turnlock. I have no idea why they stopped making them (remember the basic bag? there were so many good ones!! and they had a gorgeous navy….) but I am glad I snagged one back then.

    That LL Bean is super cute. Kinda liking the black/saddle as well.

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      Mary Alice
      23 Mar 2018
      11:17am

      My two twenty something daughters carry my Coach station bags that I bought 35 years ago in college…one’s dark brown and one’s navy blue….they look just as good as they did the day I bought them. And they get compliments all the time!

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    Maryse
    23 Mar 2018
    9:34am

    I had a traditional no frills bag when I was in high school and it had acquired the most awesome patina but I think it eventually fell apart. It reminds me a lot of that ll bean one. Hmmmm.

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    Tamara WINAWER
    23 Mar 2018
    9:49am

    I actually still have a forest green coach saddle bag from my high school days. And that was about a million minutes ago… like 35 years worth of minutes!! I don’t know how it has stayed with me all these years but it still looks amazing lol gotta love “coach of a certain age!”

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    Mary Alice
    23 Mar 2018
    11:11am

    I scored that very Coach bag at Nordstrom for 60% off a few weeks ago. Love a good plain saddle bag!

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    Julie Hochman
    23 Mar 2018
    11:15am

    I am not usually a Coach girl but my friend sent me a photo of this Coach and Rodarte Courier bag and I fell in love. I wear it everyday – fits my large wallet, 2 pairs of glasses, keys and some other necessities.
    https://www.coach.com/coach-courier-bag/22753.html?dwvar_color=BPBLK&src=googleshopping&cid=S_GPLA22753_campaignid=220774522&gclid=Cj0KCQjwy9LVBRDOARIsAGqoVntpexa38dW0X31H1UhZ-fr5AqnpNVRaK0lgQVFwgURtcmjIYqtf6EkaAkOyEALw_wcB

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      Rae
      23 Mar 2018
      4:22pm

      That bag is gorgeous!

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      suz
      26 Mar 2018
      6:14pm

      The vintage coach styles really are the best. Love that rodarte looked to the coach classics to restyle. It’s beautiful and the perfect size

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    Kristen Clough
    23 Mar 2018
    1:15pm

    I am surprised out of all the saddle bags listed the Chloe Medium Marcie isn’t one of them. It’s expensive yes, but it is classic and roomy and just perfection.

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      KimFrance
      23 Mar 2018
      2:59pm

      Exceeds the GOACA price limit, Kristen.

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    Sara
    23 Mar 2018
    1:42pm

    Drooling over that APC one.

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    Lisa S.
    23 Mar 2018
    1:42pm

    I bought the LL Bean one in green and was quite disappointed by it — it’s not big enough to carry much more than a glasses case, a smart phone, a small wallet and perhaps a small pouch. Lovely bag, lovely craftsmanship, good value … not good for the life I lead right now in my 40s, which includes carrying around an iPad Air (for working as I sit in the bleachers at my daughter’s swim team practice), a refillable water bottle, sunblock and other sundries, plus wallet-keys-phone-sunglasses case.

    I bequeathed my niece my large Coach crescent saddle bag, but now I’m thinking of trawling eBay and Etsy for another one. Classic Coach is best Coach!

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      Alexa
      23 Mar 2018
      8:26pm

      That’s helpful information. I’m still sorely tempted though. I tend to fill whatever bag I carry, no matter how huge. A forced edit would help ease my back pain ; )

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    Laura R
    23 Mar 2018
    2:27pm

    Link for bag in the first photo, please! It actually seems like it might be large enough for every day use….
    Thx!

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      KimFrance
      23 Mar 2018
      2:58pm

      That’s a street photo, Laura. I don’t know who makes that bag. Sorry.

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      suz
      4 Apr 2018
      8:21pm

      Pretty sure that is the larger coach saddle bag

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    sc
    23 Mar 2018
    3:37pm

    I have a Goyatf coach bag I got in PAris a coupla years back (when the dollar was very strong agains the Euro). Black print, tan leather trim. Got it monogramed to give more style.

    I use it more than any other bag, more than totes, etc. It’s the best.

    The blue print bag is gorgeous. Looks Chloe-esque.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Mar 2018
    10:07pm

    I’ve had “saddle bag on the brain” for the last 6 months. These gorgeous bags are just perfect! Like Alexa, I need to go smaller for the good of my neck and back. The APC is speaking to me, I’m sure of it. 😉

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    suz
    26 Mar 2018
    6:12pm

    Ha! I have that exact picture in my fashion/style images folder 🙂 Love a good saddle bag. They really are perfect.

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