Handbags are some of the primary investment pieces in my wardrobe. The work that goes into creating one is taxing and meticulous, often making them more expensive than other items I purchase. While I’m not the type to run out and buy a new bag each season, I am slowly collecting an assortment that serve me well and will last for years. Quality over quantity really rings true. One thing I have discovered as I have researched ethical handbag options is that fair production does not always cost as much as I would expect, and traditional manufacturing of designer bags is sometimes inflated. A high-quality ethically made bag does not need to cost a month’s rent. Today I’m rounding up some of my favorite bags from a mixture of vegan and non-vegan brands. If you are looking to add a classic bag to your wardrobe, I hope you find this post helpful.
I’ve never been one for carrying a huge bag full of stuff, and the more I’ve decluttered my life, the less I’ve been carrying around with me. Today I thought it would be fun to show you what I bring with me day to day, and how I utilize my collection of small crossbody bags. At the risk of completely discrediting myself, I’ll tell you that I do also typically have a ridiculous collection of receipts in the bottom of my bag, but for the sake of this post, I went through those and got rid of most of them. 😉 The bag I’m showing you today is my vintage 1980s Coach Regina. It’s the bag I find myself using the most for it’s versatility and convenience.
My handbag essentials:
I recently shared how I want to experiment with more minimal outfits while wearing my winter capsule wardrobe (coming soon, by the way! I’m waiting on one more item to arrive!) For me, part of experimenting with clean and minimal looks means learning how to accessorize better. There are so many people who accessorize effortlessly, but I’m just not one of them. I struggle to make things look purposeful and laid back, so this season I’ve chosen a few pieces to focus on. Hopefully by the end of winter, I’ll be more confident in my skills with accessories. This season I’ll be specifically focusing on scarves and handbags.
Let’s get accessorizing!
For Christmas this year I received a pretty exciting gift: Everlane’s Foldover Crossbody! This bag had been on my wish list since it was released, and I’m so happy to have it in my closet. When I was originally researching this handbag, I struggled to find reviews or information about it, so I wanted to write down my thoughts on it for any of you who might be interested in it! Everlane orders these leather goods from a small factory in Spain that employs around twenty people, and the care and attention to detail really shows in the finished handbag.
Minimal design + blush color = practically perfect!
I’ve never been the girl who is super into handbags, but I know what I like, and I’ve collected a few bags that I love and that work for me. I like to think of the three bags I’m sharing today as my handbag capsule wardrobe, because they work with everything in my closet for a variety of different occasions. I love small bags with cross body straps because I don’t want to be worrying about my bag whenever I’m out and about. They keep my essentials secure and close at hand which I love. My handbag capsule includes two everyday bags as well as one that’s a little dressier. Read on to see my bags, and to find some great ethical handbag brands!