For an East Coaster, winter is truly a brutal time of year. The weather can be so unpredictable during winter, and freezing rain and snow are naturally a frequent occurrence this time of year. As any fashion lover knows, water damage is detrimental to keeping handbags in pristine condition, and I constantly find myself checking the weather forecast to avoid damaging any of my bags. I’ve mentioned that I don’t baby my bags too much, and while that is true for the most part, I have to admit I really hate water spots on my bags. I try to avoid exposing my handbags to water as much as possible, particularly when it’s a really delicate material like vachetta or suede. My Louis Vuitton Delightful has three prominent water spots on the top of the handle that drive me crazy—they are just such an eye sore that can’t be unseen. I’ve been known to throw handbags into plastic bags to avoid water spots in unexpected wet weather, and I’ve gotten my fair share of looks from strangers as a result. Let me live, people!
I love a gorgeous winter white or jewel colored bag during the coldest season of the year, but sometimes I have to be more practical: a word I don’t like to use when describing any of my accessories. I rarely purchase items because they’re practical, and because of that I have found myself shorthanded for bags I’m comfortable getting wet when the forecast predicts rain or snow. Having to decide which bags I’m okay with using in bad weather feels like I’m playing favorites, and I don’t want to volunteer my bags as tribute in The Weather Games any longer.
When you love handbags as much as I do, one would think I own way more water resistant bags than I actually do. Most of my bags absorb water rather than resist it, and I find that any time there is inclement weather I pull out my Tory Burch Gemini Tote. While I love that tote for being so durable in wet weather, I need to expand my arsenal of water resistant bags. I want to go out of my way to blend functionality and style while I’m on the hunt for a practical bag that I can wear in dreary weather. I like to have options in my closet, and right now I am just majorly slacking in the durable winter category of my wardrobe. Luckily for me, practical doesn’t have to translate to boring, especially since I learned that saffiano leather is water resistant.
I’ve listed my cute but functional picks that won’t have you stressing out in snow, sleet, or rain. No need to carry a plastic back up bag any longer with these choices. Do you have a go-to bag that you use in wet weather? I’d love to hear about it.
Eric Javits Kena Woven Resistant Tote
Prada Saffiano Leather Camera Bag
Marc Jacobs Little Big Shot Saffiano Leather Tote
MZ Wallace Crosby Tote
See by Chloé Flo Nylon Tote
Senreve Maestra Bag
Longchamp Anemone Medium Nylon Tote
Senreve Doctor Bag
Rains Field Backpack
STAUD PVC Tote