Look for Less: The Satchel Bag

by Sherria

When I first started working in the professional world, I used to carry a small purse to work and an additional grocery bag for my lunch. However, after working for a few years, I’ve discovered that carrying a satchel bag looks more professional and can also fit my lunch. I’ve shopped on Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s websites for the perfect satchel bag. However, the thought of paying $200-$300 on a bag made me cringe. I went shopping with my mom one day during the holiday season at TJMaxx and found the perfect satchel bag for only $30. As you can imagine, I was relieved not to spend a truck load of money on a work bag. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s perfectly fine to invest in a work bag, but with so many satchels on the market, no one will be able to notice if your bag isn’t designer. My usual trick is to buy a designer accessory and then mix it with a lower-end brand. It creates what I like to call “the rich effect,” which basically means that you can look rich without breaking the bank. Below are a few designer bags that inspired my “low-end” purchase.

Inspired by: 

satchel bags

Mulberry leather handbag, $1,500
Cross body handbag, $38
Leather satchel handbag, $155
Oasis mini handbag, £22
Proenza Schouler satchel bag, $1,595
Botkier leather satchel handbag, $339

The Rich Effect:

Brown Satchel bag (TJMaxx, $30) and Marc by Marc Jacobs Wallet (original price $198; Bloomingdales sale price , $99)

I like the blue and camel-colored contrast.

front view

There are zippers located on opposite ends of the bag, which allows you to pack more into it.

Just call me Mary Poppins:

I carry a ton of stuff in my bag. Lotion, snacks, water, books, etc.

I like to read books to pass time on the train.

Every girl needs her makeup bag and sunglasses!

Just when you thought I was joking about Mary Poppins….I’m really not. It’s one of my favorite scenes in a movie.


One thought on “Look for Less: The Satchel Bag

  1. TJ Maxx is my favorite store for purses and satchel bags. They have a wide selection of styles and colors and their prices range from about $30 for faux leather to over $200 for the real thing. I have a couple of pricey purses from them but when they are the right style and long wearing its worth it. My current bag was $40. Its faux leather but great style and has the extra side pockets I love for my sun glasses and iPod.

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