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Carry On! Simple Tips for Picking for the Best Carry-All Bags

by Megan Hyde

One of the first things people notice on you is your purse. Whether you choose embellishments or structure, the options are unlimited and let you declare any kind of statement you want to. In the spirit of simplifying your shopping adventures, let’s break down some purse logic, shall we?

Your first step is to pick out your everyday go-to bag. Something versatile, yet stylish, is essential. You’ll need a great bag that can house many items, is sturdy, and comes in a fetching color. Candy colored bags were everywhere at NYC Fashion Week for Spring and Summer 2014, so don’t shy away from a purse in the rainbow. The bright color gives off playful while the structure says sophisticated, which is a win-win, my friend.

Get inspired by these two options: one is budget-friendly and the other is for that special splurge.


yellow snap closure tote w/small front pocket

Merona Snap Closure tote handbag (only $39.00 on Target.com)


Michael Kors satchel in pomegranate

Selma Saffiano satchel in pomegranate ($358.00 on michaelkors.com)


As the day transitions, so does your choice in a carry-all. Draw your inspiration from the giddiest and most fabulous hour of any day: grown up recess, a.k.a. happy hour. Nobody needs their satchel getting in the way of mingling, so carry a separate, smaller statement piece to switch over to. A fun or even funky conversation piece is ideal. Embellishment and glam, rocker and studded, feathers and rhinestones, you name it — it’s all happy hour or nightlife approved.

Here are some fantastic examples:


black-and-gray Super Betsey clutch with gold trim

Super Betsey Clutch ($84.98 at www.betseyjohnson.com)


Stockholm lucite clutch with clear case

Stockholm Lucite Clutch (only $44.00 at www.francescas.com)


So what about the weekend or a random day off to do whatever you want to do, not what you have to do? You’ll need a bag that’s not your daily carry, but a smidge bigger to hold more than your lipstick. A great cross body style or backpack works perfectly. A fun pattern or a unique design element will effortlessly stylize your look. Who doesn’t enjoy kicking back but still looking fabulous while doing so? Exactly. Everyone does.


Le Sak leather and magenta mini crossbody bag

The Sak Handbag, Pax Leather Mini Crossbody (on sale now for $29.99 at Macys.com!)


Rio Grande multicolored tribal backpack

Rio Grande Tribal backpack (only $40 on www.francescas.com)


Which is your favorite? Tell us in a comment below.


Megan HydeAbout the Author:

From a young age, journalist Megan Hyde has had a strong passion for fashion. So much so that when she was four years old, her parents had to install a lock too high for her to keep her out of her closet four times a day for wardrobe changes. As the years have passed, writing and fashion have stayed a constant in this fashion enthusiast’s life and any opportunity to participate in either brings just as much happiness as the September issue of Vogue. Megan lives in the East Orlando area with her love Hunter, dogters Pepper & Roni, and spends far too much time indulging in magazines. A proud UCF Knight Alumnus, Megan is currently pursuing a Masters in New Media Journalism and enjoying her life in The City Beautiful.


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