Oh, the irony: browsing for summer bags in a 58 degree house while the repairman fixes our heater.
The motivation is facing, for the third year in a row, the pressure to find a suitable successor to my original perfect summer bag, which is fast reaching retirement age.
To qualify, a Perfect Summer Bag needs to:
- be made of fabric
- be large enough to double as a beach bag if necessary
- have space to store a water bottle and kids’ snacks for the playground
- have a vaguely ethnic vibe, and
- include a bunch of colors, preferably slightly off colors, so I am happy wearing it with everything
Unfortunately, I found the Perfect Summer Bag … several years ago. And it has pretty much ruined me for other summer bags.
Did I mention the Perfect Summer Bag should be a little whimsical, with a subtle-yet-over-the-top embellishment? (The right side of my current PSB is opalescent sequins — love!)
Well, if you look close at this bag from Anthro, that white stuff is … beads.
I’m not sure this QUITE lives up to my first love, but it is pretty darn close. I’ll wear it with everything come summer. Heck, I might not wait much past April.
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