The less a bag has going on in the hardware, zipper, and extra pockets department, the happier I am, and it would appear I’m not alone. Last week, after I described a bag from Boden as delightfully unadorned, I received a request from a commenter named Ann asking for more of the same. The pleasure is all mine, Ann, though it wasn’t so easy to track a whole lot of them down, as designers are forever adding unnecessary and distracting frippery to their purses, and who even knows why. I did manage to locate a handful, though, like this nice-sized chic navy drawstring option from APC.
Madewell’s Transport Tote is so damn classic, and I feel like this particular choice would look fantastic once broken in.
A gorgeous, perfect-for-the-office backpack that has all the elegance of a straight-up handbag.
A well-priced, not-too-small crossbody bag.
Baggu’s original bag in leather is very Margiela.
Another good bucket bag.
I dig the army green hue of this crossbody bag, and feel like it would work really well as a neutral.
This looks so much more expensive than it is.
From Mansur Gavriel: a very structured take on the hobo.
OK, this one has some adornment—that excellent patterned strap. But the rest is so clean-lined that I’m including it.
Another straightforward bag from Baggu, this one big enough for all the essentials, but not a whole lot more.