I've been looking for a new bag (one that approximates a sac I got last year at Zara, but leather and not as heavy as hell) for, well, about a year. The gray Zara one is a great shape and it's very hip, but the chain link handles are uncomfortable and they weigh a ton. And I do prefer leather, to be perfectly honest. I mean, I am a grown up slash heartless meat eater.
I'm not an "it bag" woman. A) I don't like to spend that much money and B) To generalize completely, those it bags tend to be rather ornate (heavy in all ways) - even "mature", in some instances. Of course, I enjoy looking at other women's it bags. They tend to go well with their well-made and (usually) sexy shoes.
Alas, this post is neither about the "it bag" nor the women who sport them.
This is about the new bag I bought - an awesomely buttery soft leather sac that can be worn 4 (count 'em) different ways: across body, long strap one shoulder, shorter strap one shoulder, hand carry and clutch. And it doesn't look mishmashy at all! The flash photography below makes it seem hideously shiny (which it is not - I promise) but it does have - concession to my maturity - gold hardware. Note: not bling-y but bright.
It's big enough without overwhelming, sits comfortably in all positions and it drapes amazingly. I'm loathe to tell y'all I got it at Roots. Yeah, rather populist - I know. But if the bag works... The indisputably excellent features of Roots bags are that they are last-forever well made and very reasonably priced, considering the quality - if not style. My bag is not constructed from the oft-seen pebble leather we have come to associate with Roots. Despite the premium material, it was $250.00. It easily looks like it cost twice that. And no one will be able to place it. But you.