If you’re a regular reader of much time at all, you know I have a bag problem. I love handbags, but have serious trouble finding one that I love (read: will use more than a few days).
Enter Sal. She’s written a post on how to shop for a handbag. It seems self-evident when she says it, but… Hem. Sometimes, one can’t see the forest for the trees.
Here’s a breakdown of what I need in a bag:
- Simply put, it must have a magnetic closure. Otherwise, it won’t get closed unless I’m in an airport, and by Sissy or by chance, it will topple over and contents will go everywhere and then bad words happen.
- While I like a single, main compartment, I do want to be able to put my hands on whatever I’m reaching for without doing that “drop my hand to the bottom and shake” routine we’ve all done before.
- I don’t like to set my bag down on counters while shopping. I want it to hang comfortably from my forearm while I snatch out my wallet, phone, etc.
Bring your stuff:
- I admire minimalists, but I’m not one. I mean, I can be, for a lone, dress-up night, or when the Knight is driving and I know I don’t need more than my ID and tinted lip balm…
- This is also why I don’t change bags once I find one I like. I do need a really secure interior side-zip pocket for the checkbook and its friends, and I need an interior drop-in pocket for the smart phone. I also need a pocket – inside or out – for my ring full of those annoying but essential shopper discount key fob thingees.
- I do not like a bag that won’t hold its shape “loaded”. This is where Vera often fails me.
Wear a coat:
- Pfst. It’s supposed to be 95 degrees or some such today, Sal. Ain’t happenin’. But I get your point; I like a close-fitting shoulder bag, and I know it needs to go over, around and stay with a coat on too.
- This time of year, think slicker-style raincoats too. Because nothing’s more annoying that straps that slide, especially when a big ol’ loaded bag is attached.
Check the finish:
- This is where my heart and hands part ways with my head. I love buttery, soft leather and fabric bags, but I know they don’t hold up to my life. Sissy and I need pleather, coated fabric and/or all-weather leather.
- I do pout and sulk when the bag gets its first blemish, or the fabric loses its crispness. Note to self: QUIT BUYING “like buttah” leather and uncoated fabric bags!! They can be your evening wristlets or even wallets, but not THE BAG.
- This is also where I’m going to point out that all that metal that’s so trendy right now adds bulk, and since I insist on carrying a larger bag, I need to reduce weight where I can.
- I have a tealish blue problem. My favorite two bags are very similar in hue, and I’ve nearly bought several more in the same family. I’m trying hard to broaden my color horizons, since only one of those bags has been retired due to being worn out.
- I have the standard black and brown handbags. They aren’t sexy, they aren’t big enough for daily use, but they’re classic and practical.
- I’m liking green right now. I ordered one green bag that just wasn’t functional, and have another on order.
- I’m drawn to RED bags, but haven’t found the right one for me yet.
I know most of you already know what you like and can shop for it without incident, and I’m jealous. Maybe though, this little exercise will lead me to a happy place, where I have my big tote-style bag and something small – a wristlet or a small crossbody? – I can just grab and go when I don’t need the kitchen sink.
How was your long weekend – if you had one? I did some knitting and should have snapped a photo for you, but maybe tomorrow…