Last week I had a revelation; It hit me that I was a full-time working mom. This may seem like a weird thing to suddenly realize, however I work at home, so even though I’m bending over my art table or computer roughly 30 hours a week I do it in my the comfort of my own little studio. (This also might seem like a weird topic for a purse post, but I felt a little explanation was needed so…) Somehow I feel that because I don’t need to leave the house to go to work, I SHOULD be able to whip up dresses on my sewing machine, enjoy other creative projects, organize paperwork, wash-dry-fold-and-put-away laundry, decorate, put together chic outfits every day, cook dinner, clean house, run errands, exercise, take my kids on fun outings AND finish all my freelance projects easily. Not so. Something has to give, and it’s usually everything that comes before the “finish all my freelance projects” part. OK, I do enjoy a lot of fun time with my children and I cook diner most nights, but everything else has a way of slipping away into piles of mess. It’s upsetting and I’ve been kicking myself for months. I need to find some more time in the day!
What does all this have to do with finding The Perfect Purse? It’s all about simplifying life.
Currently I pick out an outfit for the day and then pick a purse to go with the outfit. This means that almost every morning you’ll find me moving my wallet, lipsticks, phone etc from one purse to another. Surely there are better ways to spend my precious time. So I thought, quite logically, that one FABULOUS, classic and versatile purse could take the place of my many brightly colored, textured and printed ones, at least on weekdays. This purse must have some important qualities which I think most women would agree upon.
- It must be lightweight. I really don’t want to have a weekly appointment at the chiropractor because my purse weights a ton. (And I have some that do seem to weigh a ton once I get everything in them.)
- It must be large enough to fit all necessities and then some. For me that means a small makeup bag, wallet, checkbook, glasses, sunglasses, phone, business cards, emergency snack bar and keys. It would be nice if a small notepad would fit as well. Too many of my purses do not fit everything. It’s fine for weekends and special occasions, but for everyday I find it very frustrating.
- It must have a few inner compartments for holding phones, sunglasses and whatnot. Don’t you hate it when you’re phone’s ringing but you can’t find it at the bottom of the bag?
- It must be of good quality. I do love purses but I tend to buy a lot of cheap ones. If I’m going to wear this one every day it should be a good quality bag that can withstand a bit of a beating. As a result, I’m prepared to spend a bit of money.
- It must be a color that can go with most outfits. This is going to be hard for me! I love how a colorful purse can really “make” an outfit and I tend to gravitate towards the more unusual colors. I’ll be focusing on black or a classic brown for this purchase.
- It must fit comfortably over my shoulder even when I’m wearing a coat. I have purses I love that will not fit on my shoulder even though they look like they should. It’s just annoying.
- No Logos. This is very personal, but I don’t like the idea of being free advertisement for mega fashion brands. It can have a small logo somewhere, but that’s it.
- It must be stylish. No explanation needed!
To prepare myself for the hunt I started by browsing on-line to narrow down the kind of purse I’ll be looking for when I do start shopping. The first purse I found on Zappos is chic and minimalistic. It might be a little too small for what I need, but I would certainly feel sharp toting the Audry Tilly Convertible bag by Lodis around town.
The “Jonnie” hobo by Kooba is as different as can be from the Audrey above. It’s slouchy and informal, but the taupe color would look good with almost anything I’d be wearing this fall, and it looks roomy as can be.
I only have a fake Kate Spade bag, but I would so love to have a real one. I like the texture, elbow handle and convertible cross-body strap on “Little Nadine”. I think it might be a bit too boxy though.
The “Stuart Weitzman Sunny Flamenco” bag (that’s a mouthful!) speaks to the part of me that loves a slightly unusual bag. The round shape is really pleasing to the eye.
Every time I go into the local Michael Kors store I find at least 3 bags I love. I don’t love the logo dangle that seems to be on everything he does, but the styles, colors, and shapes always speak to some inner part of me. This boxy “Hamilton” satchel is everything I love in a handbag! I even like the classic brown leather color.
The purse quest will continue when I have some time to hit the mall, but in the meantime I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Would you buy any of these purses if they were in your price range? Which one is your favorite? Do you wear the same purse every day? If so, what qualities does it have that make it work for you?