[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’m going on 2 weekend trips this month, and have realized how non-functional my purse collection actually is. Most of the better-designed ones are also made of super light leathers or too big to bring for a full day of shopping and sight-seeing. I was on the hunt for a well-made, functional and cute purse that could serve me well in my travels. And I think I found it!
The Fossil Modern Cargo Convertible Tote is truly a travel-friendly gem. Fossil is a staple brand; they make great quality accessories in classic shapes and styles. I knew I could turn to them to find me a perfect, timeless tote.
The Modern Cargo Tote is made of 100% genuine leather, with no detail overlooked. It measures 12.5′ L x 13.5′ H with a couple inches in depth. This is the perfect size for your wallet and everyday essentials, as well as a map and other travel gear. BUT, it’s not so big that you’ll be weighed down, which is a common travel mistake. The 2 carrying methods are a favorite of mine – you can tote it by the 2 top handles or the removable, longer strap.
You can also fold the tote over (hence the “convertible” in the name). This makes it much easier to sling it over your shoulder and carry with the long strap. You can also wear it crossbody with it folded over, leaving you hands-free to take photos, browse shops, etc.
The inside is lined with fabric that matches the cute key accessory (love matching!), with a back zippered pocket and a few slip pockets. There is also a top-zip, so no worries about pick-pocketing!
Another bonus is the multitude of colored leathers that the Modern Cargo Tote comes in. There are at least 7 variations of this bag, meaning that you’re sure to find one that fits into your current collection. My personal favorite is the dark purple. It’s classy but won’t get stained!
And just so get an idea of size and how to wear this amazing tote, here’s a model shot.
This tote truly is timeless and will be a happy member of your purse collection for years! If you’re interested, pick it up from Zappos here for $168 – a steal for a well-made, leather classic.