Every girl needs a good purse (or 12). Whether you’re going for groceries or running from class to class, they are simply essential for holding all your, uh, essentials. Each week, I’m going to show you a fashionable, yet functional purse for the college crowd and let you know why you absolutely need it! I apologize ahead of time to your bank account.
I just finished my exams on Tuesday (hooray for me!) and have quickly shifted my focus to planning my summer. I want to take several roadtrips, spend weekends at my camp (or cottage, whichever you prefer), work hard at my new job and look stylish while doing it all! I also can’t wait to spring clean the crap my wardrobe. I started this ritual a few years back and now thrive on tossing the old and bringing in the new!
And by “new” I obviously mean “new handbags.” I gotta get rid of the boring, single color bags of last spring and make room for the mixed fabrics, especially canvas and leather, that will totally make my Spring 2011 wardrobe. As with anything trendy, there are several high-end options, but let’s get real; if the bag is only half leather, who wants to empty their bank account?
The best bang for your buck is the Deena & Ozzy Chain Tote. Half canvas and half black PVC, it features two carrying options, both with chain handles and comfy PVC shoulder inserts. It’s a large tote, measuring 19 L x 16.5 H, making it super versatile. It’s the perfect size for a day at the beach, when you need to bring your towel and some snacks, but also works great for a day of eco-friendly shopping (no plastic bags for you!). Also, because of the black PVC bottom, it will also make a great travel bag that you won’t be afraid to put underneath your seat on a train or plane. I’m always thinking functionality!
Inside, you’ll find a back zip pocket and several slip pockets. There is also an external zip pocket at the break between fabrics. Another awesome feature is that this one closes with a zipper, which is rare to see in a tote. This makes it more secure and enhances it’s “travel-friendliness” even more; you won’t have to worry about any pick-pockets!
Like I said, this bag represents a huge trend right now. Not only are celebs showing off their high-end leather-canvas bags, but this very tote was featured on the super popular “Pretty Little Liars.” Check out Aria (Lucy Hale) carrying the Deena & Ozzy Chain Tote in a maroon/black mix!
Even though this tote initially screams “t-shirt and jeans!” it can clearly be dressed up. Come on – how cute is it with that floral dress? And not to get ahead of myself, but how perfect would this be for toting around your books next fall at school? I know, I know, we’re all excited about summer, but this bag is truly season-less…and we all need a reason to get excited for fall classes, right?
I can’t say enough about the Deena & Ozzy Chain Tote. You must head over to Urban Outfitters, fork over a measly $58 and pick one up for yourself!
Check out Alex’s other must-have-bags (and say goodbye to your savings account) here.