I know I’m probably in the vast minority, but I’ve never been much of a purse lover. I could justify buying a zillion pairs of shoes or new tops, but I will rarely shell out money for a new bag. Nearly all of my purses have been gifts because I will seldom ever buy one for myself. Once I find one that I like, I usually carry it until it’s worn out or I’m gifted a new one. I know this makes my mom cringe because she’s a huge purse lover, but they’ve just never been my favorite accessory.
When I was pregnant with Hadley 2.5 years ago, I splurged on a Kate Spade diaper bag that closely resembled a purse (an important quality to me at the time) when it was on sale during their Kate Spade surprise sale (surprise.KateSpade.com <—- keep an eye out!). I’ve loved and carried it ever since, and though it’s still in remarkable shape, it’s time to be retired.
I need something that’s not only a little bigger now that’ll I’ll have gear for two girls on board, but I also want something that can either convert to a backpack or a cross-body bag. I find shoulder bags very uncomfortable when I’m toting around a day’s worth of toddler gear.
Because I know that whichever bag I pick will be “it” for a long while (probably a couple of years), I’m okay splurging a little bit more as long as I’m in love with it. A mother’s diaper bag becomes like an arm, so I want to make sure that I not only love the bag that I choose, but that it’s just as practical as it is attractive.
Here are a few I’ve narrowed my search down to.
1 . Petunia Pickle Bottom ‘Embossed Boxy’ Backpack Diaper Bag | 2. Ju-Ju-Be B.F.F. Legacy Collection; First Lady | 3. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack in Central Park Special Edition; Black & Gold | 4. Timi & Leslie, Rachel 7 | 5. Waterproof Arrows 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag | 6. Dapper bag Longmont <—owned by my friend Lauren! Cool, huh?!
What qualities are “must haves” for your diaper bag? What’s your favorite line of purses in general?
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