Ask Belle: Weekend Casual Bags
May 29, 2013
I have been enjoying your blog for awhile, and have made numerous purchases from your recommendations, and they all have been great. I was curious if you could share a few weekend bags that have both a long shoulder strap and shorter handles that are chic, lightweight, and under-$200. I saw that Lo and Sons just announced a Catalina weekend bag, and it is already on a waitlist. A bag that works for all seasons would be ideal.
I’m so glad you mentioned the Lo & Sons Catalina bag ($120)! I actually received one to test out and it is awesome. Enormous. Huge. Gigantic. But awesome in its largeness.
The bag is canvas and has a large top compartment, which, as their video illustrates, can hold anything you’ve got to throw in it. It also has a compartment along the bottom that zips, perfect for storing a wet swimsuit, a sandy beach towel or a change of shoes. It would make the perfect weekend travel bag or pool/beach bag.
But if you don’t have time to wait or you’re looking for something a bit different, I also have some ideas for you.
First, I’d look at a nylon bag. While I don’t endorse Longchamp bags for the office (too casual), using it as a weekend travel bag or a gym bag makes sense to me. I prefer something with more structure, like this nylon Lipault bag or this inexpensive Lulu Guinness duffel.
Prefer the look of leather? I found this great faux-leather duffel, that I can’t believe costs under-$100.
If it’s a beach bag you’re after, this DvF for Roxy tote is still my favorite. But this Herschel tote from Urban Outfitters has a lot of pockets and would be great for a mom headed to the beach or the pool.