Trendy bags are tons of fun – and I own my fair share – but as I’ve gotten older and entered the workforce I’ve started to realize how much practicality outweighs trend. I love my Michael Kors Selma for example, but when I’m off to work and need to carry my lunch, camera, wallet, keys, and on occasion my laptop – the Selma just doesn’t cut it. What I absolutely love is when a handbag can marry practicality with minimalistic, classic style. Enter: the Longchamp Le Pliage.
I’m already preparing myself for the influx of comments about how “every girl owns this handbag” and it’s “basic” and “unoriginal.” I’ll be the first to admit I can’t make it three blocks in San Francisco without seeing another girl sporting a Longchamp, but my challenge to all the haters and skeptics would be that items are often popular because they’re actually amazing. This simple truth absolutely rings true for the Le Pliage. This purse has quickly become my day-to-day staple!
My love affair with Longchamp began (appropriately) in Paris in 2014. I had been eyeballing this style and dragged my then boyfriend (now husband!) on a mission through the cobblestone streets of Paris to find a Longchamp boutique. He actually ended up gifting it to me as his souvenir for me to remember the trip by! I wore my first Longchamp for a year straight – and no I’m not exaggerating. I loved that not only was it the perfect partner for every outfit, but mine actually had a memory attached to it! When we set off for Italy last year I decided to splurge at Longchamp once again. I actually purchased a Le Pliage in the three sizes I didn’t have (mini, small, and large) – KB was such a trooper as he came to know the Longchamp locations all across Italy and dealt with my insanity!
I love that I can use my Le Pliage as both an every day work bag and also an overnighter. I’m able to easily pack everything I need for a weekend into this one handbag! Not only does my Large Le Pliage fit everything for work, weekend, and everything in between – but from a styling perspective it’s just so darn versatile. While the Le Pliage isn’t exactly a formal tote, it’s classic enough in design (and color, especially if you go with a neutral) to be perfectly acceptable to wear to a work meeting, a dinner, or drinks.
Le Pliages are also incredibly durable and even I’ve managed to keep mine relatively clean over the last several months – and I’m not the easiest on my handbags. The Le Pliage is rain proof and easy to wipe clean.
The only durability issue I’ve had with the Le Pliage is that the corners do tend to wear out and look frayed. My bags still look okay after a few years of use, but I’ve definitely seen some beat up corners on Le Pliages out there.
The biggest complaint I have about the Le Pliage is the lack of interior pockets. This is definitely a “carry all” bag, but there’s really no way to keep your contents organized as it’s essentially just one giant black hole. The way I’ve operated around this is to compartmentalize my things myself by keeping everything in it’s own little bag (my wallet, a little cosmetics case, etc).
All in all I have zero regrets about owning all four of my Longchamp Le Pliages – each size allows me the flexibility to use them for different occasions and they’re all just as classic and durable as the one before. I also love that I have amazing memories attached to each one of a trip to Paris or an adventure through Italy!
What’s your favorite handbag? Do you own a Longchamp? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!
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