Raise your hand if you’ve ever said to yourself “I would love to find a bag like the Madewell Transporter Tote with more structure and for less money.” If you’re not raising your hand right now, you’ve probably never seen said Madewell tote, so I’ll forgive you. It has become the epitome of Cognac Work Bag for women of a certain age, and while many who own the bag seem totally pleased with their purchase, there are also those of us who want something more…for less.
I have had my work bag since my junior year of college. It’s orange and cream and it’s from Forever 21. I’ve loved this bag, but the pleather handle is awfully shredded and the cream is gross and stained. Needless to say, it’s time for a new bag. Here are a few I have my eye on…
There are so many shades of cognac and it’s so hard to choose! I know I want gold hardware and I know it needs to fit my laptop. It also needs to not cost an arm and a leg. If I’m being honest, the J.Crew Downing Tote is my dream bag, but not my dream price. Do I go for the Merona tote because it’s under $30 or splurge a little for something that will last me longer like the Fossil Sydney Tote or the Liz Claiborne Tuxedo Tote (which is on fantastic sale right now!)? Is Liz Claiborne one of those brands no one wants to be seen toting around (pun not intended) and I just don’t know it? Someone tell me what to do — when it comes to bags, I’m clueless!
What’s on your list this week?