Bags for The Girl Who Hates Bags

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I would be hard-pressed to disagree with Amelia on an assertion she expounded upon last week in her story, Summertime and the Living’s Hands Free.

It’s true that going hands-free rules. It is an activity reserved strictly for those committed to fun and sticking their hands in their pockets. Then again, though, it would be foolish to assume that we could manipulate every bag-doting broad across America and beyond into thinking that they should, or could, forgo their leather (or not!) containers all together.

Chiefly, I might add, because as much as I enjoy the art of free-balling (picture what free-balling looks like) and the way it feels to walk around New York City without anything in hand like I’m on a perennial lunch break, or in the comfort of my personal domestic space, I also really like the way the right kind of bag can underscore the irreverently dynamic nuances of an outfit.

You’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt, right? So how do you “elevate” that? Other than by grabbing your breasts and yelling “these are real!”? With some version of a minaudiere, which if you’re lucky can hold your keys and cell phone and maybe a credit card but that’s probably it.

They’re like a hi-lighter to a term paper, only no one gets graded.

So here you have it: a selection of handbags for the girl who hates handbags but understands that sometimes, it’s about the accessory, not the utility.

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  • Alma

    Totally agree with you, hands free is so much better. But other than, I do need to keep my stuff somewhere (even if I’m not one of those Mary Poppins bag people, I basically have 4 things in it), I do get that sometimes they’re just a pretty item to add to an outfit 😉 xx, Alma

    • Leandra Medine

      Consider these glorified dumbbells.

  • Tamara

    light weight, cross body messenger bags are the way i roll…

    • Hermy

      Yes. Hooray for cross bodies!

  • Hermy

    My go-to bag is a cross body, but that’s still sort of like being hand free, because considering their simplicity they are not necessarily an enhancement to an outfit.

    I, however do love these book clutches because they say, ” I am smart, I can read, I may be cultured, and can dress quite well.”

  • Jenna Calderone

    That book clutch speaks to me in way I cannot comprehend

    • Leandra Medine


  • Charlotte Fassler

    I love clutches but it is just one more thing for me to put down and forget to pick back up and lately pockets just aren’t cutting it. It may be time for me to invest in a fanny pack. Whaaddaya think?

    • Hey Charlotte! I have a fanny pack that I wear across my body, so that the pack part is somewhere between my chest and belly! It actually looks good with a kinda shirt, flow-y dress and sneakers! I first saw some Scandinavian girls doing the looks on the some blogs, and I feel in love with the nonchalance and practicality shortly thereafter.

    • In this classic video you’ll find the ineffable style stars of On Ingrid Munch (the first girl who goes into the jewelry shop), you’ll see that she’s wearing a larger, leather fanny pack across her body.

      I am going to be in Copenhagen within the next week and I am SO EXCITED. I have been obsessed with Scandinavian style for so many years now and I can finally absorb it first hand. It will be interesting to see how I react to that many years of buildup and idolization.

      Normcore didn’t start several months back with an anonymous trend forecaster and good publicist, it started 4-5 years ago with Norwegian girls on tumblr and Instagram who developed a following among very creative people, and eventually the world caught onto their clothing preferences and photo style, albeit indirectly.

  • Dominique
  • Amelia Pita

    As much as I like the hand-free concept, I’m that kind that generally feels kind of naked when walking in the street/going out/whatever without a bag to hold on – even if it is small as a peanut, totally empty or a complete mess (who doesn’t relate to the messy handbag raises their hand!).

  • What a fun post. I like the lips clutch, so much fun!

    Check out the B.A.D blog…

  • Rey Abadi

    My go to bag is my special edition from Balenciaga in deep blue.


  • charmystique

    When I want to be handsfree I reach for my Celine Trio. It’s so lightweight I sometimes forget I’m carrying it.

  • monkeyshines
  • Lately I’ve been toting clear case that is meant to hold markers. It’s for toddlers. I’m so fancy.

  • Lucy Korn

    “Fashion is not about utility. An accessory is merely a piece of iconography used to express individual identity.”

  • Ella

    These teeny-tinies are gorgeous!
    Unfortunately to and from the office I need something a little more heavy duty. Can anyone recommend best places to find a good tote or satchel for under $500? (I’m in Sydney so preferably online.)

  • KatriceFrench

    Some woman have been irritated to keep a Bag with their own Body.

  • I’m with ya in this one (actually, I’m with you on most things). I hate carrying a bag, although my propensity to collect them contradicts that fact. Since I’m all about the statement and rarely take into consideration the utility of anything sartorial (when the two do meet, it’s a designer’s “bullseye”) I love the suggestions and nature of the post. Thanks!

  • Andres Poiche
  • Cricket la belle

    I like this for that

  • Pippi Hepburn

    I love “The Old Man and The Sea”. Such a crazy idea, but a great book so that makes it fun! Girls stop carrying so much stuff. I am making bags smaller but still to carry everything.

  • the coattail effect

    loving the basket…but I don’t think I can make the dorothy-look come back haha

  • Rebeckah Apara

    The perfect clutch would be one that’s big enough to carry an umbrella for a fashion loving Londoner but small enough to still look like a clutch

  • john
  • Lizz

    I prefer to carry the bare minimum in a zipper pocket scarf. : )