The Versatile Tan Bag
On my trips to Paris, I’ve noticed that even though les Parisiennes love their black and navy outfits, they often lighten up the overall look with tan, taupe, or saddle colored bags. I made a mental note, and over time have added a few lighter bags to my wardrobe. Lately, I find I’m using a cognac or tan bag most often. They work with almost everything in my wardrobe, and add a dose of classic chic. I’ve come to consider them a wardrobe essential.
The thing about lighter colored bags, though, is that leather quality matters. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune, but lower quality materials will often give themselves away more readily with a lighter bag. Pebbled or textured leathers will generally show wear less quickly than smooth leathers.
Above: this tan bag is on the spendy side, but the style and leather are gorgeous.
This casual hobo bag with pebbled leather is very reasonably priced. And I like the webbed cross-body strap for comfort.
If I didn’t already have this bag in “Pecan,” the “Amber” color would be in my shopping cart right now.
This structured, smooth leather bag is polished without being fussy.
Vachetta leather is meant to look better as it breaks in. Creases, distressing and a “patina” that develops over time are all desirable for those who love this more natural looking leather.
A.P.C. is a French brand known for their great quality basics. This simple crossbody bag is a chic option.
Here’s a classic slouchy shoulder satchel in tan pebbled leather.
You don’t have to opt for leather, of course. Here’s a classic Le Pliage nylon bag in a nice tan color.
What color bags do you wear most often?