On My Radar: Saddle Bags

fall saddle bags, fall bag trends

Now that I’m working from home, when I do go out I rarely feel the need to carry a larger bag. My usual on-the-go load is a wallet, phone, keys, a pair of sunglasses, a lipstick or balm, and a small travel-sized hand lotion. A smaller to medium-sized cross-body or saddle bag handles all that nicely.

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Saddle bags are a classic style, but with the continuing popularity of 70’s and Boho-inspired looks they are also very much on-trend. Though I’ve seen a wide range of shapes on retailers’ websites described as “saddle bags,” my definition usually includes rounded corners, shoulder/cross-body strap, and often a flap closure. You’ll find lots of options now, in a variety of sizes, materials, and colors, and something to suit almost every taste. The softer, slouchy styles read as more casual. And if your style is a bit more polished or tailored, look for a more structured shape or one with squared corners. I prefer straps that are adjustable, so you can wear either over one shoulder or cross-body.

On a related topic, I believe that it’s never too early to start looking forward to fall… and I’ve updated my SHOP page with some summer-to-fall transitional season pieces. Come have a look!


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  1. August 11, 2016 / 3:30 am

    Sue, what gorgeous bags! I especially love the Brahmin…I may not be able to resist. Did I miss your review of your wardrobe picks for your last trip?

  2. August 11, 2016 / 4:57 am

    Oh, gee, your headline made me snort my coffee! Saddle bags are on my radar, too, but in a different way…more of a “let’s do something about these hips” issue.
    The bags are beautiful, BTW. I love cross-body bags.

  3. Patti Snodgrass
    August 11, 2016 / 7:29 am

    The Chloe is calling my name!!

  4. August 11, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    On my radar too; I want one in navy. Thanks for all the photos, I am considering the Brahmin Sonny. I like the Kate Spade bag too but it doesn’t come in navy.

  5. Mary
    August 11, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Amazing, I just bought a new cross body bag last weekend. I found the the one I have had for x-number of years needed updating. Love the assortment

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