Ask Belle: Luggage
Apr 21, 2011
I noticed that several of you asked for shopping tips for stylish luggage in yesterday’s comments. But here’s the thing…I don’t really travel. I go home to see my folks. I travel to the District for my Boss. I occasionally head to a friend’s wedding, but other than that, I don’t travel. So I don’t know what makes a great suitcase for cross-ocean travel or lengthy trips or road warriors.
That being said, I still have a few tips.
Ditch the Freaking Vera, Already. Every time I step into an airport, I become like a hunted CIA agent on the lookout for trouble. I know that the Vera is there and that any minute it’s going to jump out and assault my corneas, but she’s stealthy.
So please put the Vera Bradley and the faux-Vera Bradley (oh yes, faux) away. Frankly, burn it. It makes every outfit and person look positively frump-tastic. Buy a Longchamp if you need an all purpose tote and put your flamingo-holding-umbrella-on-a-beach-next-to-a-palm-tree printed bag where it belongs…in your BBQ grill.
Black Is The New “Someone Stole My Bag.” Why are people still buying black rollerboard bags? Everyone else has a black, wheeled bag so the odds that someone grabs your bag from the carousel by mistake are higher with black. And let’s face it, black luggage is boring.
Now, I’m not saying you should rush out in search of a hot lime train case, but red, royal blue, eggplant purple, steel grey and green are all acceptable alternatives. No more squinting to find your bag. No more affixing brightly-colored ribbons to the handle. No fighting with the 77-year-old, Polish woman who thinks that your bag is her bag (Dulles, Christmas, 2009). Just identify, grab and go.
Carry On, Carry All. What do I carry on with me? If I’m not taking my laptop, and I’m always taking my laptop, I carry only my Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini. It holds everything I need, nothing more, nothing less.
When I have my laptop, I have a laptop sleeve from Built. I carry it on under my arm, with a magazine on top and no one notices.
The Suitcase. As for suitcases, my Father is like a super consumer. He is the Better Business Bureau, the Consumer Products Safety Commission, and Consumer Reports in a living human being. So, Super Consumer buys my luggage. And he chose…
Yes, the bag is $300. But Macy’s is always having a “one-day sale,” so pick it up then and save some coin. This bag swivels, has comfort handle, my laptop fits in the front pocket, and it holds all the clothes that I need for a week on the road at just 22″ long.
If you’re in the market for stylish luggage, try Bric’s (high-end) or DvF (affordable). Frankly, I don’t care if my luggage is stylish as long as it’s not ugly. Maybe one day I will, but for now, it just needs to haul the clothes that I do care about to and fro.
I know there are some super travelers out there (Cori Sue? Becca?) what do you ladies recommend? Do you have a bag you like? A brand? Tips to share? Do so in the comments.