So it’s the second week of school (for me) and I find myself ready for winter break already. On the upside, I have learned how to successfully sell a pen to someone who clearly doesn’t need it, why consumer spending won’t get us out of this recession (no more shopping trips with “helping the economy” as an excuse), and that in medieval times, men cried more often than women as a means of seduction. Oh, the joys of my education.
But back to the point: School bags! I don’t know about you Uglies, but finding the perfect school bag to lug around all of my school necessities is a time-consuming and difficult process. I am the kind of person who carries the same bag every day for school (too lazy to change things around), so the bag has to be absolutely perfect.
1) (Real) Leather or Canvas – Since discovering that lots of faux leathers contain high levels of lead, (the cheery news reached me via the checkout counter of my local Urban Outfitters, aka faux leather city) I’ve only been buying the real deal. Leather and canvas are natural and hold up well to daily use.
2) Big – Size matters. I carry big stuff — namely, my laptop, which, though not huge at 13.3," is still rather sizable (Read: hard to fit in a bag). I refuse to go for a laptop case because I hear those are often stolen because of their obviously valuable contents… and I’m tiny enough to lose to any mugger. So I need a bag that can accommodate.
3) Stylish – Of course! School bags are huge and would therefore have a big impact on whatever outfit you wear! I’d definitely say that you consider investing in something nice that you’ll like for a whole year, and just plan on using it every day.
My suggestions: (handpicked from the Internetz. If I had the money, I’d grab every stinkin’ one of these.)
The bag I use? A Jenny Yuen Hitchcock in Chestnut (I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I saw it!), though I used a Foley + Corinna City Tote almost every day last semester. (Big investments! Though both were heavily discounted.)
Good luck finding your dream school bags, Uglies. hope my little guide got you that much closer!