Today I am joining my friends Sarah from Sarah London Style, and Kim from Northern California Style for our monthly Signature Style Series. This month we are talking bags, totes, or whatever you like to call them. It’s hard to go wrong with a great bag. For those of us over 50 and beyond they need to be stylish as well as functional. Regardless of what our husbands claim (tee hee) one bag will not serve every purpose. Let’s talk about five handbags that savvy women over 50 need in their closet.
Before we get into the bag styles, if you are a bag switcher you need a good purse organizer that you can switch in and out of your bags. Forbes has a good list here. I think everyone’s favorite is LED lighted Littbag that made Oprah’s favorites you can buy here.
AN ARTISTIC STATEMENT BAG
Just for fun. When you are dressing in all one color, or void of pattern what adds more pizazz to your outfit? Here are nine bags that I would love to have in my arsenal. I have the black and white ikat bag on my wish list, as well as the cowhide and the Artemis Weekender, which is to die for.
SHOP STATEMENT BAGS
I have had this leopard bag for years. In fact, the hair is coming off. I am still carrying it because I love it so much.
A GREAT TRAVEL BAG
That is semi-safe from theft and comfortable to carry. For ideas, you might enjoy reading Travel and Leisure 12 Cute Crossbody bags for Travelers. Travel Fashion Girl’s Five Best Anti-Theft Travel Bags
Travelon is the leader in anti-theft travel bags. I had a version of the baggalini that I had for years. I finally pitched it in the move, so I am on the hunt for a new one. A couple of these have the advantage of being carried as a backpack or a crossbody. The Tumi and Cole Haan are a bit more stylish, so it boils down to how important the anti-theft option is.
SHOP GREAT TRAVEL BAGS
A PRACTICAL CROSS BODY BAG
That is big enough to carry a small wallet, makeup essentials, glasses, and keys.
SHOP CROSS BODY BAGS
I adore the looks of this Rag and Bone bag. I found it on eBay last winter I believe. It is a tad small for me. I have not refined my requirements to lipstick, wallet, and glasses, but I sure do love it. I recently purchased a great rag and bone option on eBay the Bradbury. You might be able to snag the Bradbury on eBay here. There is also a leopard version on eBay here. I like this particular bag because it has a zipper across the bottom so it can be expanded. I find many of these cross-body bags aren’t big enough for me. This one is perfect.
A FUNCTIONAL TOTE BAG
That you can carry everything including the kitchen sink and your laptop.
I tend to favor the larger totes because I can put everything but the kitchen sink in them. I have a couple this size. When I was still shopping for clients, I could tote my laptop, fabric samples, bottled water, etc. Now that I am blogging full time I need a smaller one that will fit my laptop and other essentials. I do like these bigger ones for Farmers Market and other shopping excursions so I don’t need another bag. I am particularly drawn to those that have texture, a woven leather, or croc-embossed.
SHOP TOTE BAGS
I Have had this woven leather tote for a couple of years. I purchased it at Bijou Paso. I linked a couple of similar ones above as this one is no longer available.
Let’s face it there are times you need to have your hands free. You don’t want your shoulder bag falling off your shoulder. Your crossbody may get in the way. A tote requires one of your hands. Think grocery shopping, antiquing, or hiking where you must take your bag.
I rounded up nine of my favorites here. I need a backpack. I do not have one. If I were going for practicality, I would probably choose the MJ Wallace. The quilting is soft against the body and it is convertible. The Matt and Natt is another practical reasonable option. The Ted Baker and All Saints are a bit more elegant looking, and the Amy Kestergerg has a bit of an artistic vibe with the tassels. I love the Free People version but of course, it is pricey! The Calpac is practical and stylish. The Madewell is a more casual option. Longchamp anything is always great and it is water resistant.
SHOP BACK PACKS
I know this post has a lot of information in it. It has been a while since I have done a post on handbags of any kind. It probably should have been five individual posts. Thank you for reading FIVE HANDBAGS SAVVY WOMEN OVER 50 NEED IN THEIR CLOSET. You might also enjoy my post from a couple years ago In search of the perfect cross body bag.
Now pop over and visit Kim and Sarah. They always have such great ideas.