October 19, 2011

Style Feature: The Weekend Bag

Sometimes we all need a weekend away to relax and unwind, but don’t get stuck dragging your suitcase around with you. Instead, invest in a nice weekend bag. Not only will it help you pack light, but you can look stylish en route to your getaway.

1. Leather

A leather weekend bag is a good first purchase. It will hold up to use and abuse, and there is such a wide range of prices and styles that you should have no problem finding the right bag for you.

Bag by Kenneth Cole New York; Shirt by J Crew; Pants by Marc by Marc Jacobs;
Boots by John Varvatos; Eyeglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.

2. Wool

Just like with the rest of your wardrobe, your bags can be seasonal too. As you can tell, I am a fan of the bowling-style bag. It is easy to carry and the rounded top lets me easily pack those last-minute extras.

Extra Tip : Coordinating your bag and shoes isn't just for women. By happy coincidence, these wool herringbone boat-style shoes almost perfectly match the wool herringbone of the bag.

Bag by Fossil; Sweater by John Varvatos Star USA; Denim by PPD;
Henley by AllSaints Spitalfields; Shoes by Original Penguin;
Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen

3. Garment Bag

Depending on where you are going and what you are doing, you may find that a garment bag fits your needs better. Not just for business trips, this bag will hold 8 hanging pieces, a pair of shoes, and all the accessories I need.

Extra Tip : While solid black is classic, why not make a statement by bringing some color into your garment bag?

Extra Tip II : Tumi has a recovery program where each product has a Tracer # that you register on their website and, if your lost item is found, Tumi will notify you and tell you how it can be recovered.

Bag by T-Tech by Tumi; Jacket by Alexander McQueen; Shirt by John Varvatos;
Chinos by Kenneth Cole New York; Boots by AllSaints Spitalfields;
Scarf by Rag & Bone; Pocket Square by Dior; Eyeglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.

Remember when buying a bag (or anything for that matter) that while quality may cost you more upfront, in the long run it will save you money. Think of it as an investment.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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