i finally have a proper work bag.
i’m so late to the game on this one. there’s plenty of things that all working women seem to have that for some reason i’ve been slow to adopt. my transition into a professional wardrobe has been very slow. i bought the midi sized dagne dover bag secondhand from someone on ebay that had only used the bag a couple times. i got it for 70% off, and it’s practically new, although i did take a risk since there are no returns.
before getting this bag, i had been haphazardly carrying around my regular small crossbody and occasionally lugging extra canvas totes to work whenever i needed to carry extra things. years ago i owned the ubiquitous madewell transport tote but i got a bad batch and the cheaply made glued together handles fell apart. madewell replaced it free of charge with a better version that had handles sewn together, but i was already tired of this type of bag by that point, and ended up selling it pretty quickly on poshmark because i just didn’t like carrying that tote around anymore. it was too floppy and unstructured.
i finally decided that i wanted a functional large bag with lots of interior organization to use while traveling and for my commute to and from work. there aren’t a lot of options in this department. the only bag company i found with lots of organization was lo and sons and dagne dover. lo and sons seemed geared more towards major traveling and their laptop bags were larger than what i needed. my macbook is only 12 inches and i rarely carry it with me.
dagne dover bags are more attractive, although there’s plenty of aesthetic changes i would make to the bag if it were up to me. i can’t stand that there is prominent branding on the detachable cross body strap and the key chain strap, for example. i also wish the handles had clean straight lines and weren’t so bulky where they attach to the body.
i took the bag with me today to get some work done at the medical library. the bag felt heavy, but it wasn’t too heavy for about 15 minutes of walking to and from the subway. it’s definitely not a bag i could carry around all day. i think the padded lining for tablets is stupid because most people already have a case for their tablets that they will use despite the padding. i don’t use a tablet, so the padding is just unnecessary weight.
but overall i’m pretty happy with it. i like that it stands upright, for easy access to my stuff when i’m sitting in the subway or in the future, driving a car. i like that there’s an interior cup holder and lots of slots for my keys, wallet, sunglasses, pens, chapstick, notebook, and laptop. in short, it’s functional but not as beautiful as i would like. aside from my everyday commute to work, i’m hoping this comes in handy for our epic road trip back to california this summer.
this is my last real winter guys! i can’t decide if i should be celebrating or feel kind of nostalgic about it. i’m relieved to not have to deal with the long winters anymore but feel kind of sad that i won’t be able to commiserate about it with my fellow east coast bloggers. note to self: don’t ever complain about the weather when you’re back in los angeles!
[outfit: *dagne dover midi tote, hopp studios zip up boots]