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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It's In the Bag

When people describe my style (or lack thereof), its almost always 'sporty'.

You might think (and people often do) that its because I am coming from, or going to the gym, but that's rarely the case. I workout at 5am before I shower and then dress for the day. But its true that unless I am meeting with clients or have any other reason to look professional (or not sporty), I am dressed in what I would call 'comfy' atire. That usually means pants, which may include spandex pants, and, if I am walking anywhere, runners, and a backpack.

Actually, even if I am meeting with clients or I want to look nice, both comfort and practicality are very important to me. If I wear heels, its stacked or wedges, never stiletto, and I carry a bag appropriate for the occasion (meaning, if I am biking to my destination, it will be a backpack, no matter what, and never a clutch or something...I like to have my hands free!).

Though Adam says I have way, way too many shoes and boots, I don't obsess about shoes like a lot of people do, nor will I ever subject myself to being uncomfortable in the name of fashion. 

Practicality and comfort are also the reasons why I am not at all a purse woman. Wherever I am going, I usually have a lot to carry: wallet, keys, phone, Ipad, papers, lunch, etc. I don't want to have 20 separate bags, nor do I want to develop back or shoulder pain from carrying too much weight on one side. That's why I prefer a backpack.

I honestly can't fathom spending tons of money on expensive bags because, a) I just don't believe in spending tons of money on stuff period, b) they get a lot of wear and tear, c) they get dirty (apparently the bottom of purses are FULL of icky germs and nasty stuff, d) most purses are too small, or are not comfortable to carry when full of stuff.

If I am driving or taking public transport, I do prefer NOT to take a backpack, in which case I will carry one of the few bags I own. Unfortunately, the big, black one I use most fell apart recently (from me stuffing too heavy). So, it was time to replace it as the rest of my black bags are very small and I only use them occasionally for dressy events (most were gifted to me by my amazing, fashionable Grandma Ruth, before she passed away).

After finding nothing appropriate (or in my price range) at a bunch of different fashion stores, I popped into a luggage store. BINGO! After all, when people travel, that's when they are most likely to consider practicality and comfort!!

I picked up this Roots bag and am so happy with it! Canadian company too!! Its big enough for a laptop computer, and has just enough little compartments for me. It also looks respectable enough to accompany me to work.


So whether or not my style is truly sporty (versus practical versus comfortable versus casual), it works for me...though it makes it difficult to find what I like. Don't even get me started on clothing. These days some of the stuff out for women is so absurd, I can't even tell what it is (skirt? scarf? halter top?). The options are (1) Slutty, (2) Preppy, or (3) Frumpy. But my critique of the fashion industry could fill a book...

Have a beautiful, comfortable day!