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Ask the Edit: What Handbag Goes with Leggings?

Hi Belle,

Hope you are having a fabulous time in D.C. Do you have any recommendations for a (larger) bag I could use as a purse on the weekends when I’m running around in my leggings and sneakers? I feel a little silly with one of my fancier purses but want something that’s not my gym bag. I don’t even really know where to begin looking…
Thanks! Jordan
Last week, I was headed to the gym, when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror.  Leggings, tank top, yoga flats, and my Marc Jacobs work satchel.  It looked a bit…off, so I definitely understand your conundrum.  There are a few ways you could go, so let’s examine your choices.
The Tote
A relaxed tote is a nice all purpose option.  It’s casual, versatile and can hold everything from farmer’s market purchases to gym essentials.  This tall tote is a good choice; the brand also makes a wider version.  I also like their reversible Envelope Tote, which has a useful exterior pocket. For something with added pop, try this BP. tote with a metal accent.
The Hobo
The hobo bag is a bag that you can carry to work or on the weekend.  The slouchy shape blends well into a casual outfit.  This Rebecca Minkoff is a classic.  If you’d like something a little less expensive, try this Sole Society hobo in vegan leather.
The Nylon Handbag
If leather just seems a bit too dressy for a pair of leggings, try a nylon bag.  It’s durable, casual, and perfect for weekend errands. This Lodis Kate crossbody is also a nice nylon option.  For a satchel, try this under-$125 DKNY bag that has a great shape.
The Studded Bag
Another option is to choose a bag with unique details like studs or oversized hardware.  These additions give the bag a more relaxed vibe and a bit of rocker-chic.  I like the tonal studs on this Minkoff and the pyramid studs on this very affordable Simpson bag.  I would also consider a bag with tassels or fringe to fit into this family.



  1. Katherine says:

    Its cliche, but on days like that, I find that Longchamp tote goes with everything.

    June 5, 2017/Reply
    • Liz says:

      Ditto Katherine.

      June 5, 2017/Reply