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Thursday, January 27th 2011

Fashion + Function: Utilitarian Bags

For nights out and quick jaunts to the coffee shop, I love the pulled-together, streamlined look of pretty little clutches and mini-bags. But, say what you will about the return of elegance, there are plenty of times when the modern girl’s got to pack heavier cargo than lip gloss and a paperback. This is where a super-practical carryall comes in.

Until recently, when I thought of oversized bags, I pictured bottomless, key-consuming hobos that would do Mary Poppins proud. But recent shipments of Marc Jacobs standard supply totes, Alexander Wang duffel bags, and Parisian-inspired Tory Burch totes have opened my eyes to how beautiful useful can be. (And not to tease, but there are some jaw-droppingly cute Madewell bags soon to grace the site.)

--Rebecca

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