Recently I received an email from a friend and reader asking for my ideal everyday bag. I struggled with an answer, because the idea of an everyday bag is really contingent on a person’s individual lifestyle.
For instance- I have to carry around a behemoth of a bag. After all, it has to hold not only my wallet and keys and my other small personal items, but it also has to house my camera, and diapers, and a sippy-cup, and snacks, and a change of clothes (for the little one- not me!), and wipes and did I mention diapers?
But pre-baby, there were days where a cross-body would suffice. After all who really needs more than their id, some cash and a tube of lipstick?! I long for those minimalist days…
Regardless of which camp you fall into, every woman needs a casual smaller black leather (or faux!) shoulder bag. Don’t have one? Lucky for you I’ve rounded up some of my favorite picks at different price points and different styles.
Starting top left is the foldover cross body bag, Cart by Monki. A soft faux leather this one offers a bit more size than some of the others, but at a fraction of the price. (Details HERE)
Next is the Foley + Corinna Frame Satchel is a favorite of mine. You can either carry it by its handles or use the detachable shoulder strap. The size is friendly for those who have a bit more to carry and the gold hardware are the perfect something extra. (Details HERE)
Below that is the Liebeskind Aloe Cross Body Bag. I really like this German land of handbags! This one offers the ease of a foldover top but with a zipper. I like the rectangular shape and the overall minimalist feel. (Details HERE)
Of course my list wouldn’t be complete without Mary Jo Matsumoto’s Mini-Crossbody Bag. I love how classic this design is, especially the flap closure. Because there is no hardware you don’t have to worry about matching it to any other metallics. (Details HERE)
What do you consider the ideal everyday bag? Are you like me carrying something that could double as a trash bag? Or are you able to survive on little more than a credit card holder? Which black shoulder bag is your favorite?