Ask Belle: The Weekender
Jun 7, 2012
I was hoping you could recommend a stylish but inexpensive overnight or weekend bag – carry-on size. Tis the season for long weekends at the beach, and I’m ashamed to say that I’m still carrying the ugly duffel bag I used for my gym clothes back in middle school. I’m 26 now and desperately overdue for something more attractive and grown up. I’d love to stick to intern prices, but understand if this isn’t realistic given that I also need durability (the bag will likely be tossed around trains and hostels worldwide).
Thanks in advance!
Stylish weekenders and duffle bags are tough to find. There is an overload of inexpensive bags in garish prints and many luxury brands (Louis Vuitton, Fendi, etc.) make a duffle bag that costs more than my first car. But few brands in the mid-price, Hill Staffer range make stylish travel bags.
Perhaps this is why so many women end up carrying Vera Bradley duffles and Longchamp bags that have seen better days. (I’m not opposed to Longchamp, it’s just not my favorite. It’s kind of bland.)
Personally, if I were going shopping for a stylish, flexible travel bag, I would go vintage. I think that you’ll have better luck finding a well made leather or canvas duffle that was made in the 60s, 70s or even 80s, than you will finding a brand new mid-priced bag.
Any other suggestions for stylish travel bags that won’t break the bank or break after one use?