11 cute everyday bags

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First of all, I just want to state that I’m aware that most of these handbags are black, and that that is kind of predictable. I promise I’ll do a post on more brightly hued ones soon. Meanwhile, I am borderline fixated on this Claire V number: the woven leather is so chic, and it’s big enough to fit all of my stuff.

A Madewell bag with handy double straps that looks pricier than it is.

I don’t usually like mini-totes, but this one from Sezane is such a perfect size, and has a ton of handy exterior pockets. I also feel that it will break in really well.

Just a really simple, sophisticated shape here. It also comes in a canvas with leather trim iteration that I quite like.

A sweet bucket bag with a decidedly French vibe.

This faux leather specimen comes in a number of good colors and rings in at under $50.

Mostly I think Coach, the brand, is pretty lost these days, but I like it when they reference their Bonnie Cashin heyday, like with this turnlock bag.

 

I just think this quilted tote is so fun, and I also dig the shape.

This ruched bag makes just enough of a statement without going overboard.

And finally: a saddle bag shape from Longchamp that also comes in black, but how good is this red?

 

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    D.Morgendorffer
    14 Sep 2021
    10:41am

    Lucky timing for me with this post because I have a purse-related question. My very small selection of vintage Coach bags resides on a bookshelf behind me. However, I know I really need to reserve dwindling shelf real estate for books. Are there rules or sensible measures to storing handbags? I don’t want to accidentally do something that might damage my much-loved bags.

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      Viajera
      14 Sep 2021
      12:55pm

      Hi!!! I believe there *are* rules. I don’t know them all. I have heard tell of stuffing them with acid free tissue paper (though I have not gone so far as to actually do this – and if they’re small, maybe it’s not necessary). For my favorite large vintage bag, I have it inside a big tee shirt to keep dust off. Also, I should probably condition the leather … some day. (Sometimes if I like something too much, I don’t use it – which defeats the purpose.) … … … Also, maybe have more shelves? I like the library look. And why not look at your bags too?

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        D.Morgendorffer
        14 Sep 2021
        1:26pm

        I do in fact condition them with Lexol. While technically I have loads of shelf space (floor to near ceiling built-in bookcase covering one wall in my office and two more of the same kind of bookcases flanking my desk), shelf real estate is getting precious. I do stuff to restrict my reading rate because the library never has the stuff I’m interested in, even with inter-library loan, Kindle doesn’t currently offer the titles I’m interested in, and my natural reading rate is about 1000 pages a day. Through a lot of discipline, I restrict my reading to about 10-30 pages a day. But even with my reading restrictions, I can tell shelf space will fill up and the handbag residents will have to relocate. Still, appreciate your thoughts as always, Viajera. I hadn’t known of stuffing with acid free paper: thanks for sharing that!

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          Viajera
          15 Sep 2021
          3:01pm

          Wow, I wish I could read that fast!!! It’s like a superpower. I am such an intellectual slug. It’s sad. … … … … What about hanging them off a nice standing coatrack? If you like to look at them, that is. Some people consider that “clutter” (not me).

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            D.Morgendorffer
            15 Sep 2021
            5:17pm

            Let me stress, I can only read at that rate if I find it interesting: gallop through Dostoevsky, yes, but put me in front of a social science textbook on measurement and assessment chock-a-block full of concepts like validity and reliability, fighting sleep in minutes. Also, I totally suck at things like interviews and dinner parties so the ability to finish Gargantua and Pantagruel should viewed within the context of my not-so-enviable misfit toy personality. (By the way, if you haven’t finished G and P, let me save you some time with this spoiler: they eat a lot, drink loads of wine, and make archaic smutty jokes, the end.) Yeah, thought about the coatrack option, but all the good coatrack spots are already taken by art, plus a couple of the bags have short enough straps to make hanging awkward. Thanks for the suggestion, though. Do you think keeping them in something more box-like is okay for leather? Sidenote: Wouldn’t it be great if people in archival/preservation professions held seminars for laypeople on how to maintain and preserve various heirloom materials (paper, art, textiles, leather…)?

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    Melissa Devor
    14 Sep 2021
    11:17am

    Some very nice options here, and I definitely agree about poor Coach being lost, but I am a top handle lady-like purse kind of person. I’d love a run down on the not-so-large-you-can’t-find-anything, handle that you can hold but also put over your wrist, structured bag.

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    MARGARET
    15 Sep 2021
    2:50pm

    I just bought an MZ Wallace bag out of that same quilted material in the bag above (but in a hobo shape crossbody) and I am in LOVE. Do not underrate the benefits of carrying a very lightweight bag!

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    cw
    14 Sep 2021
    9:16am

    Bless all those companies who show these bags ON people for size. Love a bucket bag and loving the Longchamp RED saddlebag!!

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      Eloise
      14 Sep 2021
      10:38am

      Most likely just me, but while I love the look of bucket bags, I can’t stand the whole “pull the drawstring and dig around” choreography required to use it. (Then again, I also use a pouch instead of a real wallet because I get flustered by the “eyes burning holes in my back” feeling I get during the seemingly inordinate amount of time it takes me to put my cash/credit card/receipt away like an adult while shopping.)

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        Viajera
        14 Sep 2021
        12:58pm

        No, I agree with you. Tall bags look great but my stuff gets lost at the bottom. Oh, and while I’m peeving … all linings should be a light color so I can find things. … … … If people are in that much of a hurry, they can go in the express line. I am sure you are doing fine!

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        Mamavalveeta03
        14 Sep 2021
        11:46am

        Agreed, Eloise! I love the look, but I’m not sure how well it would really work for me.

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    Jax
    15 Sep 2021
    3:11am

    Idk if I’ll ever go back to shoulder bags, I love wearing belt (bum/fanny) bags so much since Covid.
    That faux leather one looks like a nice streamlined Jerome Dreyfus bag. I do love Jerome Dreyfus.

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    Kate
    14 Sep 2021
    11:59am

    So many gorgeous choices here! I find myself suddenly into bags again at whatever stage of the pandemic this is. I’ve been carrying fun clutches from the back of my closet all summer after swearing to always go hands-free. So weird! The bucket is my favorite.

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    Viajera
    14 Sep 2021
    1:00pm

    I don’t need a new purse, but if I did, that Madewell looks like it was made well (sorry!!) But it does. If the straps go all the way around the bottom, the purse might actually last. This is good.

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      cw
      14 Sep 2021
      4:40pm

      I have a Madewell circle purse/bag and it looks practically brand new even though it’s four years old. In short––very well made.

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