Long-time fan here. I was recently promoted to Acting Executive Director of a political non-profit in New England and I am looking to upgrade some of my everyday pieces. I currently use a Lilly Pulitzer patterned canvas wristlet, which I love because it holds my keys, money, work ID and it has an exposed piece for my train pass. This is similar to what I own: Lilly Pultizer Carded ID Wristlet. I would really like something that functions as well as the canvas wristlet but is a little bit more mature. I know you’ll have some great ideas!
I hadn’t thought about it until I received your e-mail, but I think a chic wristlet would be a great choice for the woman who doesn’t want to carry her purse with her everywhere. It would be great for staffers who don’t have pockets, but need to carry some essentials to a meeting, a hearing or a casual lunch.
I had trouble finding one with the plastic outer pocket that was not made by Lilly Pulitzer. So I would think about another storage option for your train pass, though I have seen people keep their Metro card inside their wallet and the sensor can still read it as long as it is touching the outer part of the wallet.
As for wristlets, you need to decide what you want to spend. This Kate Spade wristlet is made of a gorgeous, durable Saffiano leather and has a pocket for your smart phone. I also like this snakeskin-print embossed GiGi New York wristlet with a zipper closure. And if you’d like something on the bigger side, this studded Coach wristlet is to die for. All of these choices are over-$100.
Want something that’s a cross between a wristlet and a clutch? One of my old co-workers owned this Hobo Silvana bag, which has a large pocket capable of holding all of your essential items and a strap along the outside so you can carry it.