Briefcases for years have been considered standard attire for the business person toting papers and other essential items to and from the office. They go well with a tidy suit and highly polished shoes.
They still serve a purpose in particular settings, and there are some designer briefcases that costs a small fortune that are perfect for particular occasions. High-end cases are still very much a sign of prestige, and shout success from the moment they enter a room, but they are less at the front of the boardroom than they used to be.
The office scene has changed dramatically moving from suits to casual wear. Looking good has been redefined. The work place fashion has become less about looking good and more about feeling good. California casual and the young tech moguls who are worth millions haven’t seen the need to dawn the attire of their forerunners. Working in more leisurely clothing meant less fuss and more productivity.
We seldom refer to our purse as a handbag these days. I realize in fashion genera it is still known as a handbag, but in daily nomenclature, it is just a purse. Handbag is a generic term and birthed from the days of old when a thing was called what it did.
Carrying a bag of personal items in our hand therefore deemed the object a handbag. Fast forward to the 20th and 21st Century and the terms purse, clutch, bag and even satchel are much more common. Nonetheless, a woman will seldom leave the house without her handbag. What is it about our private collection of necessities that is so sacrosanct as to be the death of us if we don’t have it?
For those who don’t know, most of the women in the world carry a few of the same must-have-at-all-times items in their purses. The bare minimalist will carry lipstick, perhaps a comb, tissue, keys, cell, money and or a credit card. However, who of us are bare minimalist? I’ve known women whose handbags have so much in them, including live things, it’s been tempting to call pest control.
Back to practicality. In today’s article I’d like to review day-packs. They are not handbags, but serve the same purpose and beyond. My daughter, Nika who attends Boulder CU wouldn’t be without her day-pack. Naturally, there are dozens and some that are tendier than others, so I enlisted her help in finding just the right ones to tell you about. Seeing the world from a 19 year old perspective helps me to give a more objective report. After all is said and done, I lean towards fashion while my daughter sees functionality first, and fashion second.
We make our choices depending on the activity we are heading out for. If you are a campus crawler, or a world traveler, a city cruiser or a car pooler, the day-pack has to be specific for your needs. There are heavy duty day-packs for outdoor adventure and quaint day-packs for investigating a new city via your local limo company. The occasion dictates the need. The following are very popular on campus among students and professors alike.
Once in a while I go off a deep end and let my imagination soar to heights of unbelievable limits. Like recently when I saw a small news clip featuring million dollar handbags. My jaw dropped at the thought, but then the fun started to set in. My articles are usually so very practical from a lowly mortal who grapples over a $225 bag from the Macy’s counter.
Normally I leave the Hermes and Mouawad bags to be reviewed by someone else and stick with the basics in regards to our accessories. However, on occasion I cannot resist the impractical and even the obscene, ridiculous and immodest. In this writer’s opinion, these are words that best describe handbags with price tags usually reserved for more than your average residential plumbers salary.