How do you like to organize your bags — do you like it when bags have interior organizers, such as in the lining of the bag, or do you prefer to use your own organizers to more easily switch between bags?
Huge thanks to Jean at ExtraPetite for this guest post on some of her most stylish work bags!
I have wanted a Beirn bag forever, and I’m seriously considering this one (especially considering the serious sale). Love the purple/snake embossed leather, the thin shoulder straps, the removable wristlet, and the zip pocket inside. It was $515, now marked to $310, with an extra 30% off bringing it down near $200. Nice! Available in … Read More about Coffee Break – Grace Snake-Embossed Tote, Purple
Oooh: Love. I like that this See by Chloe tote is sized big for a magazine or a few work papers, and that the shoulder straps look long enough to be comfortable. As a minor aside, I wish it had a lighter interior lining (so you could actually see the multiple pockets it supposedly has) … Read More about Coffee Break – Janis Tote
Love the look of this tote bag from Hobo International. The shiny vintage leather is nice, and the big ball snaps on the “coin purse” on the front of the bag are interesting but not distracting. Love that there’s a print lining to the bag and that it has enough pockets to make it useful; … Read More about Coffee Break – Elinor Tote
Loving the look of this “Amber” leather tote bag from Hobo International — the gathered pleats! the fun lining! tons of interior pockets and dividers! And even a zip on top to keep the contents of your bag, in your bag. Fabulous. Zappos has it in caramel (pictured) and black; Endless has it in on … Read More about Coffee Break – Hobo International Amber
This one is kind of odd, so first, a story. About a year ago, I had the privilege of meeting another fashion blogger for dinner, who arrived with a huge, chic blue bag that I instantly recognized as Rebecca Minkoff. It was bigger than the MAB, though — which, weirdly enough, I had just returned … Read More about Coffee Break – Knocked Up Leather Bag
Maybe my memory is off, but I remember passing up the opportunity to get a Beirn bag for just over $100 — and I regret it every time I see some fashionable New Yorker carrying the bag. They’re truly lovely. The Outnet has a number at 65% off, though — this one is a blue … Read More about Coffee Break: Beirn Tote
I have a beloved nylon tote that was my go-to for interviews for a long time. It’s super lightweight, nondescript, and has a simple pocket inside that’s perfect for carrying a few pens and pencils. It is, alas, so “loved” that it’s no longer really a professional thing to take around — the “leather” handles … Read More about The Hunt: The Lightweight, Professional Tote
2016 Update: Links have been updated as of 2016. See our most recent discussion on professional tote bags here! Last week, we suggested Hayden-Harnett’s Ibiza “convertible flight tote” to readers — intending to recommend it as a tote bag for when you need to take home approximately fifteen pounds of paperwork — so we were … Read More about What Your Tote Bag Says About You
We got this request in from a reader, and thought we might resurrect an old feature — The Hunt — in which we look for a great basic, available now, in a variety of price points. Here’s the request: As an incoming summer associate at a large NY firm, I’ve been wondering – what kind … Read More about The Hunt: Appropriate Bags for Summer Associates
Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic … Read More about The Hunt: Interview Tote Bags