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The Perfect Handbag: The search is over thanks to Hobo Bags

I love a good handbag as much as the next gal, and at first glance there are a lot of bags that I love. Over the years, I’ve fine tuned my must-haves and I have a feeling I’m not alone in some of these requests:

  • black. or gray. leather or some kind of material that looks like leather. 
  • a lining other than a dark color. When I’m trying to look for that quarter at the bottom of my bag to feed the meter, it doesn’t help if the inside of the bag is like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole.
  • In addition, the lining should be fitted to the inside of the bag. Have you ever felt like you’re walking around with a pillow case inside your bag? That’s what happens when things are mass-produced and they don’t take care of this detail. There have been times where I’m pawing around inside my purse, fighting with the lining to try and find chap stick.
  • not too big. For a while (and even still) luggage-sized bags were in. I tried that with a few of my bags and all it does is hurt my back and shoulders. And then one day you’re carrying around a Nalgene bottle, a pair of shoes and your leftovers from lunch inside you bag and you realize YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. The Law of Handbag Sizes states: no matter the size, you will eventually fill it to the max.
  • has to fit my iPad. This is a more recent addition to the list but it’s a necessary one. I don’t always carry my iPad around but it needs to be big enough to fit it when I do.
  • Has some decent pockets, inside and out, for my smart key, wallet, iPhone, etc.
  • Has to look like a handbag and not some dude’s laptop bag. A lot of bags meet my iPad requirement but look pretty geeky. I save that look for camera bags.
  • Has to have a decent handle drop. I usually wear my bags as shoulder bags so it needs to be easy to carry on my shoulder when I have a jacket on.
  • No cross-body bags
  • No monogram patterns
  • I like a more structured look rather than a slouchy hobo. I’ll consider slouchy if all of the other requirements are met.
  • Should retail for $$400 or less. I’ve never spent $400 on a handbag but I’m pretty good at finding $400 handbags for half the price or more on the internet.

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