Wednesday, February 3, 2021

My Madewell Bag Collection

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Hey y'all! One of my most commonly asked questions is about my Madewell bag collection. Last year, I did a roundup of my collection but I've had a couple of new bags so I wanted to do an update. First of all I love... I mean REALLY love Madewell bags! Over the last few years, I have developed quite the Madewell bag collection because they are such great bags. In today's post, I'm going to be sharing my collection, details on each bag, and how I've styled them!

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The medium transport tote was my very first Madewell bag purchase. I had been wanting to invest in a nice, leather bag. I wanted an everyday bag and one that would last for many years to come. I chose the medium tote because of the size and versatility. I really love how you can wear it on your shoulder, on your arm, or as a crossbody (it comes with a thin crossbody strap but you can change them out). I have this bag strap but they have other great options a well! When I first got this bag in the mail, I definitely thought that the shoulder straps seemed short and they definitely are on the shorter side. But, I actually really like that about the bag now because it makes the bag feel secure when you are carrying it. I picked the English saddle color because it goes with literally everything. Four years later, this is still one of my most carried bags! I always recommend this to anyone who asks which Madewell bag to get. I'd say this one is my favorite! I have found that the leather just gets better and better with time. Also, the medium bag now also comes in a zippered version if you prefer that option.

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My second Madewell bag purchase was the large transport tote in black. I was looking for a tote bag to use for work that could hold all of the things and this one certainly does! I can carry my laptop, planner, and regular purse essentials comfortably in this bag. It's super roomy without being a big, overwhelming kind of tote. It really is the perfect large tote bag! My black bag doesn't have a zipper but my English saddle one does. I've had some people ask which one I prefer as far as the zipper goes and honestly, I never really zip my zippered bag. But, I do like having the option to zip it up if I needed to, especially if I was traveling (this bag makes a great carry on bag). The inside has one small, zippered pocket but the rest of it is open. I don't know about you but when a bag doesn't have a lot of organization inside, my bag gets super messy! Check out this blog post to learn about how I keep my bag organized. The tips I share in that post have been purse game changers for me! Also, for reference, the shoulder straps on the medium and large transport totes are pretty much the exact same size.

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When I purchased this bag, I wasn't filling a need, I just really loved the leopard print, lol. But I really do love having a printed bag in my collection. My exact bag in the print that I have is no longer available but they do have a new leopard print available (as seen above). Leopard print just makes the most boring outfit so much more fun! This bag is the canvas transport tote so the price point is much less than the leather transport tote bags that I have. If you are wanting a Madewell bag but not wanting to spend the money on a leather bag, I would definitely recommend a canvas tote. The quality is amazing and the straps are leather so they will hold up over time.

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 This bag is my latest addition to my Madewell bag collection and I absolutely love it. I have been carrying it almost daily since I got for Christmas. This bag surprisingly holds quite a bit! I can fit my phone, small wallet, lotion, lip gloss, face mask, car key, essential oil roller, and even a snack inside comfortably. One of the questions I have been frequently asked about this bag is if the calf hair rubs off. I personally haven't had any issue with the calf half rubbing off on this bag. I have quite a few calf hair items from Madewell and I've never had a problem with the hair rubbing off except for my small wallet, that I use multiple times a day. The wallet probably has some rub off because of it being inside of my bag. Overall, I love this bag and I'm so happy that I was able to add it to my bag collection! I am also really love this new animal print pattern in this bag!

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My crossbody bag is my go-to when I need a small bag! I really love the circle style of my crossbody bag but unfortunately it's no longer available. However, the small simple crossbody bag also comes in the English saddle color like mine as well as other colors. I also love that the strap is adjustable too! It's such a great bag for running errands, traveling, or well, really anything! I love it! I often throw my crossbody bag inside of my larger totes for a smaller option on the go.

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Last up, the belt bag. I bought this a couple of summers ago and I have used it so much. It's perfect for wearing with skirts and dresses because you can carry your phone or other essentials while remaining hands free. It's also unfortunately unavailable right now but I am really hoping that Madewell brings back an updated version of it this spring or summer. If you are looking for a similar belt bag or any of my Madewell bag favorites, be sure to check on Poshmark to see if you can find one second hand. Madewell bags are such great quality and hold up for many, many years so they are a great item to hunt down second hand. I love using this belt bag for our travels. It took me from Puerto Rico to Disney World, hands free!

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And, lastly isn't a bag that own... yet. It's a bag that is currently on my wish list! As you can see in this post, I certainly don't need a new Madewell bag but I feel like at this point I have kind of become a collector! I love adding to my collection and sharing my bags with y'all. I honestly carry a Madewell bag every single day and I don't see that changing anytime soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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