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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