Today’s Coveted Working Look: The Handbag Rotation

by Rachel Yeomans | October 12th, 2011   

We all drool over the amazing briefcase and the purse that shows that we’re both professional and stylish. More importantly, we don’t want to look like we’re schlepping this item everywhere we go. Enter the conundrum of how to look stylish but still be organized. I have come to the decision that I need multiple purses to serve multiple purposes. No one bag can do all things.

For example, the mock croc handbag below is one I would keep in my office to serve as my “meeting purse”. It won’t go over your shoulder, so too many items in it would result in a lot of weight on your forearm. But with just a portfolio, lipstick, business cards, phone and wallet, you can easily show up at a client’s office with this bag and find everything in it without a hitch. Plus it will also make a fashionable impression along with a professional one. It stays at the office, and goes with me when I need it.

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Then we have the “commuting bag”. This bag goes with me everywhere. It fits my laptop, my wallet, my iPad, my keys, umbrella, my phone charger, a cardigan or shawl, and other items that equate it to the Mary Poppins bag. It’s actually a men’s tote, but it has become my go-to bag for making sure I never leave home of work unprepared. However I don’t bring it with me to meetings. I don’t want my clients to know that I travel with a Mary Poppins bag.

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Then finally, I have my clutch. This clutch serves as my hand-held wallet for a fast lunch or coffee break; it also is a great item to grab to go from the office to the work event or a night out with friends or family. I usually bring my commuting bag, check it at coat check or leave it in my car, and come in with the clutch. In the clutch I also don’t have my wallet but a money clip with necessary cash and credit cards, my lipstick, mascara, phone and keys.

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These are my three purses that I carry with me on a rotating basis. Now I’m not saying I don’t have more handbags, but we all have our standards. And it’s good to have a system.