I have tons of bags - purses, crossovers, totes. If it is functional, I have it.
I'm not one of those women who change my bag to go with my outfit. Instead, I change my bag to go with my errands.
That makes perfect sense, right?
If I'm working out, I need a tiny crossover for my phone and earbuds. When running errands, I need a place for receipts and my planner. If I am off to a meeting, I need to carry lipstick and a water bottle.
As a lawyer, I used to prefer large, fancy leather bags.
I realized that leather bags are hot (a serious consideration when living in the South), heavy, and expensive.
Instead, I follow these 10 Commandments to select the perfect bag.
1. Thou shalt not carry a heavy bag.
A lighter bag means you can carry it everywhere and carry more stuff when necessary. A medium size is usually big enough, as long as it fits my Franklin Covey compact planner and a water bottle.
TIP: Only carry what is necessary. If you are running a ton of errands, add an errand tote to what you carry that day only.
2. Thou shalt not carry an expensive bag.
I buy a lot of my bags from a store called Tuesday Morning or from Kohl's. (This is not a sponsored post. I just find those stores have the best selection of reasonably priced bags.)
It's important that I have different purses or bags for different purposes. I cannot afford a terribly expensive bag for each purpose.
3. Thou shalt carry a bag that fits thy lifestyle.
If I substitute teach, I need a bag that is different than I need in the courtroom or to have lunch with a friend.
4. Thou shalt carry a versatile daily purse.
To save time, I generally try to have one great medium-sized bag that works for most of my life. I don't want to be changing purses all the time.
5. Thou shalt have a hands-free option.
Almost every bag I own, except my big totes, has a hands-free option (like a cross strap or backpack handles). I never know when I won't have hands available.
6. Thou shalt not be black.
I am done with black bags. They get hot. They get dirty. They are BORING.
7. Thou shalt not match thy outfit.
Again, who wants to be changing purses all the time?
That said, I pick colors that I enjoy looking at and that generally coordinate well with my favorite colors to wear. I wear lots of greys, blues, and deep reds. Chestnut brown or purple are perfect contrasting colors.
My current favorite handbag? A Baggallini Duet Tote.
8. Thou shall use compartments and zip pouches.
I tend to love Baggallini for the many pockets. But I use many different brands of purses, and for those without good internal pockets, I use zip up mesh pouches to sort my stuff.
I also sort things by category into pouches so it's easy to move from one bag to another, to find my mints, or to locate my inhaler quickly.
9. Thou shall commit one compartment to things that need to be purged at home.
Receipts and papers don't linger in my bag, since I have a decided "out box" pocket that I process when I get home.
10. Thou shall not harm husbands for commenting on thy purse habit.
I should go to confession.
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