If you haven’t noticed, bucket bags are popping up everywhere this spring. It’s not like they’re a new style, they’ve been in and out for decades. They essentially get their name from looking like big buckets tied at the top with draw strings. Louis Vuitton’s Noé bag first came out in 1932, supposedly for carrying bottles of champagne, so if you’re about that life…(wink wink). LOL.
Mine is a Dooney and Bourke that I bought on eBay a while back but discovered it was not practical for my everyday use. It’s not structured like a satchel where you can fit a laptop or notebook, where things can be placed in their proper place and have a home to belong. The round roomy bottom and cinched top of bucket bags make it hard to be a clean purse. Unless your bag has designated pockets for your phone or a key string holder, consider yourself screwed. Just kidding….I’m not. Things bounce and move around in there… It’s literally a party, a messy one. And I am not a fan of the open drawstring top; I like zippers and clasps, you know, purses that MAKE it harder to steal from me.
(excuse the bruises on my legs… They are a side effect of being a mom though actual causes are unknown)
Bag: Vintage Dooney and Bourke All Weather Leather Drawstring Bucket Bag (old, similar, similar)
Top: Loft Striped Linen Flutter Shell
Shorts: Express Linen Sailor Shorts (old, similar)
Heels: Thrifted white pumps (similar)
Necklace: Borrowed from le sister-in-law
Watch: Fossil Small Perfect Boyfriend Three-Hand Stainless Steel Watch
Bracelet: Harry Potter Golden Snitch Bracelet (Anime convention find, exact dupe)
Regardless, as I became a mom and exchanged my purses for a huge diaper bag carrying everything from diaper cream and wipes to milk bottles and extra change of clothes, I started to value the roomy-ness of the bucket bag. On days I am going out on short errands and don’t feel like lugging my diaper weekender, the bucket bag is perfect to fit all the oddly shaped things I need to carry while its casual unstructured style adds a little chicness. And to a mommy of two who doesn’t want to lose herself in her kids’ needs and want to cling onto anything of her individual self, a little chicness is very important indeed. Therefore, my bucket bag has been receiving more tender loving care and avoiding the dust allergy it developed in my closet.
Since then, I’ve realized I can fit all sorts of stuff in there. I have crammed in shoes, Tupperware for my lunches, water bottles (sometimes even fountain drinks if there’s enough stuff in there to support the cup from all sides). The bottom is very sturdy and strong… My only trouble is trying not to fit in too much or I’ll have a tough time closing the top…and that’s definitely an ugly no-no.
Do you have a bucket bag or plan to get one? What are your thoughts on this craze?