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Ask Belle: Gym Bags and Weekenders

Hi Belle,

I’ve been addicted to working out ever since I discovered Classpass a few months ago. I’m in need of a cute, functional gym bag that I can carry to work before my evening workouts. Must be big enough for one outfit and gym shoes, hopefully less than $100. No clunky duffles (duh).

Thanks! Paige

I answered this question a few months ago.  But I’m headed back to the gym to get in shape for some summer hiking, so let’s freshen up the suggestions for spring.

For the gym, I like a weekender-style bag.  It’s a functional piece that you can use to transport gym clothes and for quick weekend trips.  Here are some recommendations.  If readers have other, please share them in the comments.

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H&M Weekender ($50)

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Sole Society Mason Bag ($79, also in cognac or blue)

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Baggu Canvas Weekender ($72)

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Sole Society Gwenith ($89)

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Target Canvas Weekender ($35)

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    13 comments

  1. Abigail says:

    I must put in a good word here for my Lo & Sons O.M.G. Today I packed: Running shoes, gym cloths, dry shampoo, make-up, a laptop, my legal-size portfolio, and a wallet. It really is the “do-all” bag in my collection, and a work bag that smartly hides its dual-duty of gym bag!

    March 26, 2015/Reply
  2. Wanda says:

    The Lo&sons Catalina bag is great too! Durable and love the shoe compartment!

    March 26, 2015/Reply
  3. Claudia says:

    Shout out here for the Everlane weekender. It’s extremely good quality for the price, looks great + is waterproof. One of the best things I’ve purchased in the last few months.

    March 26, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I thought about that, but she said she didn’t want a duffle. Good recc, though.

      March 26, 2015/Reply
  4. Laura says:

    I have the Sole Society Mason bag in cognac and love it. The size is perfect for the gym and as an airplane carry on, and the shoe compartment is a great feature. I really liked the Lo & Sons OMG, but ultimately decided a cheaper option was a better choice for me.

    March 26, 2015/Reply
    • SJ says:

      I have the Sole Society Mason bag as well and while I love it and the separate space for workout clothes, I wish I had known that the top half isn’t big enough for my laptop. If it were just an inch or two taller at the top it would be PERFECT for me.

      March 26, 2015/Reply
  5. kate says:

    I bought the Lo and Sons OMG with the intention of making it a work/workout bag and I would totally advise against it. The bag had a really small opening making it difficult to look inside and find things…something really important in a bag!

    March 26, 2015/Reply
    • Anna says:

      Huh? The zipper goes the length of the bag. The only time I’ve had trouble finding something is if it’s under the shoe bag when there are shoes in it. I mean, I guess you can’t have everything splayed out, but it’s definitely not a black hole.

      March 26, 2015/Reply
  6. Sarah says:

    It’s the gym. You need separate shoe areas; you just do. Especially if you cycle and use cleats. Can practicality just not control SOMETIMES? The question was no duffels, I know. But again…it’s the gym. Cute workout clothes should be enough 😉

    March 26, 2015/Reply
    • Anna says:

      Not necessarily. I got a Lo & Sons OMG because I kept finding myself taking my gym bag to work events (I workout in the mornings or lunch) and it just wasn’t appropriate. I needed something professional but functional.

      March 26, 2015/Reply
  7. Bee says:

    I was SO close to purchasing the Sole Society Sia bag (a smaller version of the Mason) but it sold out before I could get it! The Mason looks a little big for a gym bag… anyone have any recommendations for slightly smaller bags that have that separate shoe compartment?

    March 26, 2015/Reply
  8. RMR says:

    I actually bought my gym bag at one of my 6-yr old daughters favorite store – Ivviva. Its the lululemon for kids – great place to buy totally overpriced yoga wear for small people. Regardless, I do love my bag. Its the Got Game Duffle in black (https://www.ivivva.com/products/clothes-accessories/girls-bags/got-game-duffle?cc=4165&skuId=us_3573908&catId=girls-bags). $78 Good luck!

    March 26, 2015/Reply
  9. Crystal says:

    I am really tempted to try this one: https://fitmarkbags.com/fitness-bags/gym-totes/dashing-tote.

    March 26, 2015/Reply