Daily Archives: September 19, 2012

You Pick Wednesday – Stylish Commuter Bags Under $100

You Pick Wednesday

Today’s You Pick Wednesday is all about the accessories.  Stylish commuter bags, to be exact.

As you know, I work in downtown Chicago.  I’m one of the lucky ones that only has a 15 minute commute by train but it wasn’t always that way.  Before this past May my commute was 45 minutes.  And I know plenty of people who spend an hour or more on some form of public transit.

Since we spend so much of our lives going to and from places it makes sense that we need to carry a lot of things with us.  Ellen Warren of the Chicago Tribune recently wrote  piece titled Commuter Do’s & Don’ts  all about the things we carry in our commuting bags.  The main takeaway?  Lighten your load.  Only carry what you absolutely have to.

And to help you carry it in style, here are six of my picks for bags that will help you do it all.  The best part?  They’re all under $100!

Stylish Commuter Bags Under $100

For more options, check out this slide show from Chicago Shopping – Fashion Forward Commuter Bags.

Personally, I carry a purse that is small enough for every day use but can also accommodate an extra pair of shoes, some lunch items, and all my daily essentials.

 Tignanello Perfect 10 Studded Shopper

And when I have to bring my laptop with me, I use my laptop bag from Target.


However, I fully admit there have been days I’ve carried my purse, my laptop bag, and a backpack full of workout gear.  Short of hauling a suitcase to work there probably isn’t a perfect solution.  But I do have a few criteria for a bag.

1. A pocket on the outside so I can quickly grab my CTA pass and my phone without having to dig for them.

2.  Shoulder straps.  Pretty self-explanatory.

3.  Large enough to fit an extra pair of shoes.

What kind of bag do you carry?  Do you bring a lot of stuff with you to and from work?

Don’t forget, you can submit your own requests for You Pick Wednesday!  Just send an email to looplooks@gmail.com