As we enter a new year, it only seems right to be excited and motivated for what’s to come—both personally and professionally. But for many of us, once the thrill of said year has faded, and real life (with all of its work, deadlines, and stress) sets in, finding ways to keep that same momentum you felt just a few weeks ago slowly becomes a serious challenge.
No matter what day of the year it is, I usually feel my best when I push myself to be completely put together. What I mean by that is making sure the laundry is done, the house is clean, the fridge is stocked, and any other item on my to-do list is on its way to being crossed out. I know—those are definitely some lofty goals. As my love for designer wear (specifically bags) has grown, I’ve realized there’s something else that gets my motivation up almost as high: Using a gorgeous, multi-functional, workhorse-type bag. One that fits all my essentials, as well as my laptop, water bottle, and maybe even a small lunch.
Trust me, I know the last thing we need is another excuse to splurge on a bag we’ve been eyeing. But hear me out: If you’re not in the mood to go into the office, or you’re completely dreading that afternoon meeting you’ve planned for weeks, sporting a stylish bag is bound to boost your momentum and make you feel like a certified boss.
For me, it’s hard not to feel confident and successful when I’ve got a Prada Galleria or a Fendi 2Jours in hand. And honestly, sometimes I don’t feel as put together as I look, but by the end of the day, I’m on my way to feeling (or at least looking) like I can accomplish anything. Hey, that counts for something, right? #FakeItTillYouMakeIt
There is one caveat here: If you’re looking for a true bag that’ll help you feel chic and professional, it has to be equal parts stylish, functional, and durable. Remember, it’s always important to get your money’s worth when buying a new one. (See ya, mini bags and fanny packs.) I’m talking large totes and top handles in grained leather or nylon. Depending on your daily to-dos, you may be able to get away with a lighter and more delicate pastel-colored bag, or maybe even one that’s slightly smaller to just fit a tablet and other essentials. Either way, any bag you choose should look great… even if it’s stuffed with papers, placed on a restaurant floor, or thrown in your car. If you ask me, I’m eyeing Prada’s Studded Tote and Louis Vuitton’s Twist Tote. 2019 bag goals, maybe?
Prada Studded Tote
Saint Laurent Monogram Uptown Medium Raffia & Leather Satchel
Stella McCartney Shaggy Deer Reversible Faux Leather Tote
Mulberry Small Zip Bayswater Classic Leather Tote
Chloé Medium Milo Calfskin Leather Tote
Mansur Gavriel Calf Sun Bag
Louis Vuitton Twist Tote
Fendi Vetrificato Logo Canvas Shopper
Valentino Garavani Rockstud Leather Tote
Bottega Veneta Leather Tote
Gucci Medium Ophidia GG Supreme Canvas Satchel
Burberry Small Crest-Embossed Tote