The term “Stay At Home Mom” is such a misnomer. No matter what age my children are, I am never home for too long. Whether it’s school, appointments, grocery shopping, kids activities or just trying to squeeze in a little me time, a mom is always on the go. She always has to be prepared for what’s needed too. When my children were little, it was spare diapers & wipes and a change of clothing. Now that they are older, I don’t need as many extras, but a big bag always comes in handy.
Personally, I think the perfect bag for a Stay At Home Mome has to be large, versatile and well-made. She’s busy and doesn’t have alot of time to change out bags, so they must go with everything. It needs to be large so that she can hold the necessities and then some. And it should be well-made so that it resists spills, dirty hands and anything else live throws at it! So, I spent some time over at Shopbop and came up with some fabulous items!
The quilted nylon Tory Burch Jaden Tote is sophisticated, roomy and sturdy. With rolled, double-handles for comfort, they are long enough for shoulder wear. A very roomy interior with side pockets will hold tons of stuff. It’s available in black and dry orange for $350. Although, items tend to get a little lost sometimes, that problem can be resolved by zip pouched accessories like the darling striped Rebecca Minkoff pouch set for $95.
I firmly believe that a mom shouldn’t have to curb her style. For those edgier women, the Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Jasper Slashed Bag with laser cutouts with roomy interior for $450 is an excellent choice. Subtle rocker chic will take mom from PTO to soccer games to shopping in style!
The Rebecca Mikoff Nikki bag was an instant classic when it first launched for good reason. It’s stylish, timeless and well-made. Perfect for everyday and such a great price at $495 (for the black). The Alligator Impression Nikki is currently on sale for $416.50
Alexander Wang’s wonderfully smooshy Darcy Slouch Leather Hobo is absolutely a great feeling bag. The leather is so wonderful to the touch, but the major bonus is the studded bottom that protects the bag from anything on the floor. When you are out with the kids for a quick bite or at home. You never know what’s special gift will be waiting for you on the floor. The detail is subtle but striking and one of my favorites for $850.
The stunning Be & D Garbo Tote with goldtone hardware is a true showstopper. Rock chic but not grungy with it’s soft gold hardware and metallic leather. It also includes a shoulder strap for hands-free (truly an essential) and a convertible look. Two zip pockets, 2 pouch pockets and a key hook keeps items nice and tidy too. A special gift for $1495.
A cross-body style might be mom’s go-to preference for ease of carry. While typically not as large some of the hobos or shoulder-bags, it does balance the weight nicely and keeps the bag from slipping off your shoulder. Sounds rational doesn’t it? The Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha Messenger Bag is classic and stylish. This beautiful port color is a perfect pop of color and works well with most colors in your wardrobe for the winter season. A great buy for $328.
Finally, I recommend finding a wallet that can function as a clutch for those special evenings out away from the kids. The Tory Burch Zip Continental Wallet in silver metallic snake for $225 will do the trick. With a 1″ depth, there’s room for your phone, a zip pocket for your bills and plenty of slots for credit cards. Fits easily from purse to purse too! absolutely fabulous and a perfect stocking stuffer just for mom!