Shopping for a satchel purse, or simply a satchel, can be easy and fun, as long as you know the right places to look. A satchel, most commonly defined as a bag with a shoulder strap, is usually worn with the strap across the body, which puts the satchel on the wearer’s opposite hip, rather than hanging straight down from the shoulder. This chic accessory can be large enough to carry books, or small enough to fit just your iphone and lip gloss. Satchel purses come in colors and textures to match any wearer’s style. Follow these tips to make shopping for your new satchel simple and successful.
Decide what size satchel you are looking for, and for which occasions you might use it. A leather satchel in an earthy brown will be versatile and easily dressed up or down. A patent leather option or one with metallic detailing would be perfect for nights out, and a canvas option would work well for school or work. Once you choose your style, you can begin to narrow your search. Then, ask yourself how much you’re willing to spend on a satchel, as designer bags can cost upwards of $300, and non-designer options can be as inexpensive as $50. Then, start browsing some of your favorite designers and places to shop. This way, you’ll be most likely to find a satchel that best matches your taste and price range.
If you’re really stuck, try browsing the Clare Vivier website (www.seevivier.com), which features high-quality bags in supple leathers of the most amazing colors. The Mini Sac, $169, comes in five colors and features a classy brass buckle, zip closure, and a long strap for slinging across your shoulders. If you’re looking for something a bit bigger and a bit less pricey, check out the great selection at Urban Outfitters (www.urbanoutfitters.com). Their Deena and Ozzy Zip-Front Moto Satchel is fringed for an edgy, rock-star vibe.