Bags – probably the last piece of my outfit that I think about. In my head, I assume I have a bag for every outfit I try on – but lately I’ve realized I have some funky crossbody bags that don’t do sh!t for my outfit. It’s almost like the bag takes away from whatever funky ensemble I’m rocking that day (* and note, they can be very, very funky ) hahaha.
It’s become increasingly important that I start to narrow my search for any kind of bag that is more of a STAPLE, rather then a STATEMENT (that sounded poetic and I just came up with it – do I trademark???)
Here are some of my favorite trends that I have adopted, along with some of my top recos. And unlike a lot of fashion bloggers (but not all so don’t troll me), I picked reasonably priced ones 🙂
1. Mini Saddle Bags
I never knew how much this bag was a “staple” in my collection, until I realized I was pairing it with all my different outfits, whether that be at night time or during the day (probably while I’m day drinking because what else would I do?) These bags are great because they can either be worn on the side of the body, or as a crossbody.
2. Basket Bag
So like, I am not going to say I love this trend yet but I definitely do not hate it. I have seen this styled where I think it looks like garbage, and others where I think it makes the outfit. As much as we may not want to agree with it, handbag designers everywhere have adopted straw, wicker, rattan, and even bamboo into their collections – but it can look ADORABLE when paired correctly. My advice? Wear this bag with a basic outfit, so it won’t take attention away from the statement piece itself : the bag!
3. Compact Black Backpack
I wanted to say I was done with this but will I ever be? No. The simple mini backpack has done wonders for me, especially commuting around New York City. I haven’t found an outfit where I couldn’t pair my mini black backpack (wow that’s a tongue twister) with all of my outfits. Only call out I’d say to look for – the STRAPS. You may think they’re just part of the backpack, but straps can make a worlds of a difference. Are they thin, thick? Supportive, fall right off?