In my mind — form must always follow function.
This axiom applies even when we are discussing fashion accessories.
I’ve spent most of my working life searching for the handbag which does not reduce me to a puddle, when searching for a parking garage ticket. Daily life is made so much more challenging when your essential items are in disarray. (Travel only emphasizes the problem for me.)
I can only imagine what the person behind me in line must be plotting, as I sift through the ocean that is the interior of my handbag.
Know this — I am silently cursing my handbag misfortune.
Personal complaints aside, designer handbag sales have dropped precipitously over past years. As discussed in this article, one reason may be all too obvious — the bags being made just don’t meet the needs of the women who carry them. Pretty handbags simply need to have more substance than being emblazoned with a chic designers name. I’m over it.
I have loved and lost quite a few great bags to wear and tear — which leaves me with another search for my next “holy grail” bag. This one, which I owned in black, will live in my heart forever as you could view everything that lived inside at one time. No digging required. The straps had ample drop to allow me to sling the bag over my shoulder. (So many of you clicked on the photo, that I’ve identified an updated version here.)
A lost love. Sigh.
Feeling professional definitely extends to my accessories. Handbags need to really work for their owners. I had a friend who described her handbag search as a grueling “interview process”. I get that. I really do.
I posed the “perfect handbag” question to YouTube lifestyle vlogger, Marnie Goldberg. (Find her down-to-earth, intelligent advice here. Hoping she’ll be back with more advice.) She shared this, “I think the key is a few pockets — a somewhat structured shape but not too many pockets or you’ll forget where you put everything. It’s hard to say there’s one perfect bag. Everyone has individual preferences.”
Structure, yes! You hit the nail right on the head! I also agree, there is more than one bag “soul mate” out there. But like any soul mate, they are not hanging out on the corner for you to discover them. Searching is necessary. (Find Marnie’s video perusing her own collection here.)
Below you’ll find a few handbags worth considering. They all have what it takes:
- Proper handles for shoulder or back slinging.
- Compartments/pockets for small items. (A divided interior works best).
- Enough structure (so the purse isn’t too slouchy), for easy “browsing”.
~ New addition! Great in-person!
Kate Spade Cameron Street Byrdie: http://bit.ly/2ufZPbt
~ Gigi New York Python Tote: http://bit.ly/2sKXh4C
Rebecca Minkoff Backpack: (Friend recommended. You can see the compartments here.): http://bit.ly/2pDhfbI
~ KNOMO Tote Pack: http://bit.ly/2tlIU5D
~ Coach City Tote: http://bit.ly/2uOVKaj
Do you own a handbag that really works for you? Please share what you know in comments.
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