I'm looking for something cute enough that I can carry it from work and to dinner. I'd like for it to be wide enough to fit extra shoes, but not too big because I have smaller frame. Any suggestions?"
- Havy, New York
Before you go out and buy another bag, have you looked into getting your bags repaired? Most shoe repair shops can help fix your leather goods (bags, suitcases, belts, etc). If they're nice bags, it might be worth looking into.
A few tips when looking for a work bag:
1. Think 8.5 x 11 or bigger, so it can fit work documents - plus some depth for your shoes!
2. Consider the weight of the bag. With some nicer bags, the hardware and even lining can actually be quite heavy, so just keep that in mind. Your bag will only get heavier when you use it.
3. Don't limit yourself to black! I feel like so many of my girl friends go straight for black when they shop for work items, especially bags. If you already wear a lot of black or neutrals to work, why not use your bag as a way to add a pop of color to your look?
If you want a simple and versatile bag, J.Crew and Kenneth Cole have some pretty good options. Since you're writing me, I think you're hoping for (or at least open to) something a little less traditional. Here are a few ideas for work bags. I think they've all got enough structure and/or polish for the office and enough style for your after work plans. I hope you agree!
Banana Republic Harley Handbag, $230.00
Matt & Nat Camden, $151.25 - $225.00
Hype Roisin Crossbody, $177.00
Botkier Isis Tote, $244.00
Rafe Leighton Tote, $348.00
Readers, do you have any other suggestions for Havy?