Bag Lady

If you are a city dweller, or a person who does not live with their significant other, or a person without a car – or perhaps a person in all three of these scenarios? – you’re a bag lady. You know it, I know it, and the people on the street who are in your boat know it. Your fellow sherpas give you a knowing, sympathetic glance as you trek down the street. Your gym clothes mingle with your date clothes and your work clothes, your toiletries are stuffed every which way, and it’s likely you’ve got a bottle of wine, a spare shoe, or a laptop somewhere in the mix.

What’s a sad sherpa to do? Hire an actual sherpa? Nyet. I tried that. Somehow, I could not find anyone who wanted to schlep my crap around for zero dollars. Weird.

Instead, invest in great bags that will hold up to the wear and tear of city life, and do double duty:

For Overnights and Day Trips:

Try Longchamp’s Le Pliage bag. THE perfect tote for a quick overnight (literally, one night) or a day away from the city. The heavy-duty nylon holds up to both toiletry spills and picnic ingredients gone awry, and it holds its shape despite being shoved in the back of a car or under a subway seat. Plus, it’s French. As everyone knows, if it’s French, it’s trés chic, oui? Oui!

For Office Runs and Puddle Jumper Flights:

Try the Capri laptop bag, from The Container Store. It’s lightweight, yet has pockets for all my cables and cords, plus just enough breathing room for a pair of noise canceling headphones, my beloved nook, and the smaller items on my flight checklist. I love the dusty gray charcoal color because it’s neutral without being bland.

For Workouts and Weekends:

Try the Lululemon Legendary Duffle. It’s huge – that much is certain – but if you need a place for mats, trainers, toiletries, and a weekend’s worth of clothes, this bag is it. Other yoga bags might work, but the quality sucks in comparison. This bag is worth the price, and you’ll use it for more than just the gym.

For Everyday City Life:

Try the Marc Jacobs Little Q crossbody bag. I’m obsessed with this purse, and it goes everywhere with me. It’s the perfect size for city life, and can handle a wallet, phone, keys, pens, gum, umbrella, five lip glosses, and sometimes even lunch without losing it’s silhouette. The leather is supple and the handle is giant, so you never have to fight to slide it onto your arm quickly; a major consideration for those of us who dash on and off of pub trans on a regular basis.

What’s your go-to bag? I’d really love to know!

Photo via my cute boyfriend, scarf and utility jacket via a trip to Paris, aviators from RayBan, sweet cheetah flats via Steve Madden.

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