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4 Tips to Choose a Practical and Pretty Satchel

by Keith Hanshaw on July 20, 2021

It is widely known that to stay looking on-trend and coordinated, it is important to change up our accessories to match several outfits and with bags, it is no different. While we love wearing, collecting, and showing off all types of bags, it is clear that not all are worthy of purchase. It is very common to fall in love with a bag in your favourite store and make a spontaneous purchase but soon realise upon first use that it is not as amazing as you once thought. We have put together the following article with some of our top tips and advice on how to choose both a practical and pretty satchel bag which will help to reduce the chance of wasted investment. 

Check out this pretty satchel modelled by @alexandratealeaf

1. Prioritise Comfort

Arguably the most important aspect of selecting a practical bag is deciding on whether or not it is comfortable to carry. You may find the most beautiful bag ever but if it is uncomfortable or difficult to carry then it is best to leave it on the shelf. If you are able, try on the bag in store before you buy to find out if it’s right for you. If you’re not near a store then make sure the company you’re buying from has a no quibble returns policy so you can try it out at home without risk. Ask yourself a series of questions; does it stay on your shoulder or slide off easily? Does it sit just right or get in the way of your arm? Is the bag durable enough or will you need something lighter? Are the straps the right size and style for your method of carrying? If you find yourself answering negatively to any of these, it might be a good idea to continue your bag search. Don’t forget to consider various styles including pretty backpacks, totes, and leather satchels.

Did you know that at The Leather Satchel Co. we can custom make straps and handles to custom lengths to suit your style and shape.


2. Appropriate Compartments

Another important feature of a practical yet pretty bag is the pockets. Would you prefer a big single compartment or do you feel better organised with slip pockets inside or external pockets to create different sections? Everyone’s preference is different when it comes to the amount, size, and location of bag pockets. Whether you like an outside pocket for easy access to necessities like your keys and mobile phone or prefer a big internal slip to separate your laptop from your folders, it is completely up to you! Simply choose an accessory with the right compartments for you.


3. Secure or Zip Closure

For those times when we require additional security in a bag, having a safe place to keep things is extremely handy. When using a bag that isn’t as structured as a satchel, many of us like to be able to zip up a bag when out and about, so things don’t get dislodged when dashing about. A secure enclosure like a top flap that covers the opening and buckles down or locks is particularly desirable. On larger bags like totes, a zip-top can also be especially useful because it secures everything inside. The last thing you want is for all your belongings to spill everywhere the moment you place your bag down and a zip fastener is perfect for preventing this from happening. Alternatively, on a different style of bag, you can opt for other closure methods like buttons, push locks, twist locks, magnetic snaps, or anything else you can find!

4. Visual Design

Last but certainly not least, there is the style, colour, and design of the bag to consider. It is all well and good having a practical bag, but it is vital that you love the aesthetic too. Think carefully about how you want your bag to look. If you are opting for a bold colour, keep the design simple because the vibrant colour alone is enough to bring any outfit to life. Are you looking for more of a timeless classic bag? Black, white, brown, and beige are the ideal shades to pair with a large range of outfits. Look for pretty bags with bright leathers for colour blocking or choose standout shapes when opting for simpler colour.

Browse our collection of brightly coloured briefcase satchels. Modelled by @antoinettefrances

No matter the style or function of the pretty satchel you are looking for, we have got you covered here at The Leather Satchel Company. Browse our extensive range of leather satchels, backpacks, totes, briefcases, clutches, saddlebags, and crossbody bags to find the perfect addition to your wardrobe. We also have some really pretty accessories and a variety of small leather goods to accompany our bags. Available in a variety of sizes, colours, and styles, we are sure to meet your needs with a bag from our collection.