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It’s in the Bag: The Season’s Most Fashionable and Functional Bags

There are a few fashion items, I think we could all admit to owning too many of--and bags are most likely high on that list. But as the song goes, times, they are a changing. We're now finding different uses for all those bags we already have (my Strand Book Store tote has been serving as my shopping bag) and a need to find new bags that will better suit our changing needs (more biking to work, no access to free grocery bags at the supermarket anymore, walking more and more ) Fortunately for us, this means we now actually have a valid excuse to buy another bag. In bold colors and poppy prints to cheer up the cold days ahead, here’s a peek at ten of the season’s best--including a few you might not have even realized you need.
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  • Grocery Bag

    This American-made, patchwork number by Cynthia Vincent is enough proof for me that fashionable reusable grocery bags are here to stay. Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Challis Grocery Bag, $85 Shopbop

  • Clutch

    A far cry from its glittery, furry, and rhinestone-encrusted counterparts, this bag—while pricey—is sure to make a statement at any party. Not only will it hold everything you need for a night out, but it might just spark a conversation about something more meaningful then, say, the new iPad mini. Pride and Prejudice Clutch, $325 Kate Spade

  • Crossbody Bag

    With simple design and minimal hardware, this shoulder purse puts the polish on any daytime outfit and fits nicely around your body, making being out and about all day on foot easy as pie. Legacy Leather Penny Shoulder Purse, $198 Coach

  • Knapsack

    It might be that the last time you carried a knapsack was when you were in the second grade, but this quilted version will make you want to carry one again. With top handles and exterior pockets, this bright nylon knapsack puts the fun in functionality. Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Knapsack, $198 Zappos

  • Tote

    When you just need a big, leather bag, but don’t want pay big bucks for it. Kristina Leather Tote, $150 Banana Republic

  • Shoulder Bag

    Comfortable, practical, and oh so cute, this Vera Bradley shoulder bag makes running errands just a little more enjoyable.

    Vera Bradley Frame Shoulder Bag, $94 Amazon

  • Weekend Bag

    This polka dotted weekender, covered in a water-resistant coating, is sure to be your best friend during rainy season. Cath Kidston Weekender Bag, $114.34 ASOS

  • Bike Saddle Bag

    This colorful bike bag, with plenty of compartments for your on-the-road necessities, makes tooling around town a cinch. Bike Saddle Bag, $168 Pendleton

  • Laptop Bag

    With a whimsical floral pattern and a plush microfiber lining, it’s so pretty you’ll want to carry it even if you don’t need your computer. Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Computer Commuter's Bag, $118 Nordstrom

  • Satchel

    Complete with unique black hardware and plenty of interior and exterior pockets, this large satchel is a great alternative to the classic work bag. Nine West Large Satchel, $99 Piperlime

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