The College Report: Slouchy Bags

I feel like slouchy bags are given a bad rap. Maybe it’s because of its name, because “structured” sounds more posh… but I think slouchy bags can be equally as stylish. Where structured bags have an obvious niche in the workplace, slouchy bags are more down to earth everyday bags by nature, but the thing is they don’t have to be. Another great thing about slouched bags is the fact that designers have decided that a happy medium can be achieved by making bags both slouchy and structured at the same time.

 

Take this Coach Legacy Leather duffle. As you can see its more of a compromise between slouchy and structured – which I think is an important quality of this bag. With its sleek plan black exterior paired with a hint of structure, it can really just be paired with both professional and relaxed looks. Retail price: $348.

 

 

 

Its the same story with this Kenneth Cole New York Slouch hobo. In reality, if you want a bag versatile enough to be paired with any outfit you choose a slightly slouched bag in a neutral color is the way to go… Once again enforcing the versatile bag principle in my past College Reports – because thats the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck. Retail price: $298.

 

 

 

With this Vegan Melie Bianco tan slouched hobo its also easy to see the versatility of the bag. It can easily be seen sitting on your desk at your internship or job looking beautiful and professional as a structured bag. Retail price: $115.

 

 

With the industry being all about the popularity of the label, brands like Juicy Couture have mastered the slouched bag and dominated that end of the market. But new players have come to town my friends. As said in our Celeb wrap up, Steve Madden is a brand that has come into play in the slouchy bag market. Same goes for brands like Kenneth Cole and Coach as you can see here. Brands like Tory Burch and Mulberry have been creating beautiful slouched masterpieces as well, so if you’re looking for a more expensive bag check those out. MoMA worthy, don’t you think? I do.

The moral of the story is this: if you are a college student looking to get the most out of your bag and are afraid to commit to a full, unstructured slouch – go for a bag with minimal structure. You wont be sorry because sometimes playing it safe is the best way to go. Happy shopping, fellow handbag addicts!

 

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