Style & Beauty
November 30, 2015

The Weekender Bag

My friend and I were just talking over brunch about how precious time becomes the older we get. College was a different story; two 50 minute long classes might have been my only requirement any given day (though I should have been in the library the remainder of the day, but that is another story!).

In 2016, I definitely want to utilize my weekend time better. I am talking weekend trips; journeys throughout New England and beyond. With various hotel deal sites, it isn’t hard to book a last minute, affordable trip.

But we all want to travel in style, right? That is where the weekender bag comes in. A weekender bag was all I asked for my birthday last year. In high school, an array of Vera Bradley weekender bags were always present on a class trip (we had a lot of retreats in Catholic school), but now a plethora of different styles are in trend.

Expandable Stella and Dot


My sister brought this Stella and Dot Getaway bag in Green Ikat (above) to Thanksgiving weekend that I absolutely loved. Given the traveling done during the Holiday season (and the gifts given), I figured it was worth writing a post about the weekender bag.

Many things come into play when selecting the proper weekender bag.  When it came to choosing my bag, I loved how this one (seen above) had a special compartment for shoes. If your bag has no shoe compartment, here is another trick. Other logistics to consider:

  • Size: Though mine has a special compartment for shoes, I wish it were a little bit bigger in size. I love how the Stella and Dot bag expands in size for two different options.
  • Material: Obviously there is going to be some upkeep in leather options, unlike some others. I really like the spill-resistant materials on both the Stella and Dot bag and my Po Campo one.
  • Shoulder Strap: If you’re like me and have absolutely no upper body strength (2016 New Year’s Resolution), a shoulder strap is essential. Trying to balance a huge bag on my forearm just doesn’t work.

FInal Bag Stance

  • Style: Perhaps the most important aspect to consider! I like my bag for its nautical, preppy feel, but I also considered one of The Little Market’s fair trade options. I collected images of a bunch of weekenders and curated them into three different categories: Preppy, Fair Trade and Classic looks. Enjoy!

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  • I JUST retired my PoCampo– it was so good while it lasted, and that shoe compartment is an unbeatable feature! I’ve had my eye on the Society Social leather option, but now you’ve got me thinking about that Barbour option too…

    • cstuka

      I love my PoCampo, but I just wish it were a BIT bigger!

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