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Baggin’ Out: The Petal Pouf Bag


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.

Since the weather has been less than ideal this week (read: rain and/or snow at ALL TIMES), I decided I need to find a bag that truly channeled spring. Even if the weather outside is frightful, a happy purse will help improve my mood and keep my chin up. Last week I featured bags that were summery because they were bold and bright and I thought (stupid me) that summer was actually coming, but this week I went for something a little more subdued. Like my mood.

The Petal Pouf Bag from Deux Lux (and available at Anthropologie) is beyond cute. In fact, it’s so cute that you should expect to see the word “cute” about 37 billion times in this post. It’s made of a lightweight, cotton exterior in a dainty cream color, featuring distressed brown PVC trim and straps. Looking at the bag now, I think I still would have liked it even without the decorations, but it’s those very decorations that make it so darn cute! Instead of the leaving the bag as a plain (albeit nice) tote, the geniuses at Deux Lux spiced it up and made good use of the their extra fabric!

As you can see, the Petal Pouf Bag gets its name from the approximately 12 fabric flowers covering the cotton. Yes, it’s a little bit “granny chic,” but can you imagine how cute (there it is again) this purse would be with a girly sundress or a peasant top and cutoffs?

Besides looking great, the Petal Pouf Bag will also become your best friend in the practicality department. It’s a medium-to-large size (16.5 L x 10 H x 7.5 D) and sports an interior zip pocket with the same distressed PVC. There are 2 straps, one for carrying on your shoulder and another for crossbody-style, which is always a plus for me! The cotton exterior also means that you can get this bag a little bit dirty and not worry about staining. Cotton bags clean like cotton shirts, so just apply some stain-cleaner and gently scrub it out with your hands. Easy peasy lemon squeezey!

If you’re in need of any more proof that this bag is perfect for summer, check out Britney herself sporting the Petal Pouf Bag (in a darker cotton)! In the first pic, she chose to sport it with the plain side facing forward, demonstrating the versatility of this purse. And in the second one, you can just barely see the purse and fabric flowers peeking out. Two completely different outfits, yet the Petal Pouf Bag fits both!

If you’re intrigued (and you should be) the Petal Pouf Bag is available from Anthropologie for a cool $88.

Check out Alex’s other must-have-bags (and say goodbye to your savings account) here.

I love my little hometown and all that goes with living in the Great White North - snow, skiing, hot chocolate, bulky knit sweaters. I'm passionate about a lot of things, but you'll most often find me writing about books, makeup and fashion. As I like to put it, I've got beauty AND brains.