Bags That Can Go Both Ways
I’ve recently taken on a lot of creative projects in addition to my full time day job that require me to be constantly on the go. So as my schedule grew fuller and I found myself rushing around much more than I was sitting down, I decided I didn’t have time to switch bags all the time and started searching for an “everyday bag.” This became a much more difficult task than I thought.
I was searching for a tote or satchel that will blend in with everything I wear instead of make a statement, which of course goes against most brands’ goals and happens to be extremely difficult to find. After several days of searching I noticed I was drawn towards the men’s accessory department.
I’ve come to the conclusion that men have it easy. While men can get away with a much more selective wardrobe that transition into many situations, a woman must have a wardrobe for every occasion; and apparently must have a handbag to match.
I asked my friend Lucas, one of my most fashion-forward male friends, what his favorite bags were and if he thought any of them could work for a woman. His initial response was, “Not unless you’ll be wearing birkenstock.” He also thought that a man was looking to wear a bag that was built sturdier and could stand up to a beating, which is why the distressed leather look is so popular; they seem to look even better over time, while even a single blemish on some women’s purses could render it useless. I thought about the way I throw my handbags around and the need for sturdiness, and decided I’d consider it.
Here are a six of my favorite finds that would be perfect for anyone, be it male or female. In order to qualify, it had to be under $250, able to carry a laptop, iPad, day planner (yes I still use one), and all the other purse essentials. Oh and also not fall off my shoulder. I must have slopey shoulders or something.
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