Question: I am a professional stylist looking for new handbags fit for celebrity moms and all modern women out there. I just discovered the Roman Savell Bravo Bag. Do you have any other ideas for designer mom bags?
Answer: First off, what a great find! The Bravo Bag ($395) hits all the points of the perfect, stylish Mom Bag. Looking at photos of the world's most glamourous mamas, it seems that most mom-friendly bags meet at least one of the following criteria (with bonus points going to the bags that hit all four):
• Long shoulder straps that leave hands free for tot toting
• Lots of pockets to keep baby stuff and mom stuff separated, organized, and easy to find
• Enough room for keys, wallet, checkbook, cell phone, diapers, snacks, toys… you name it
• A bold color, bright pattern, or easy-to-wipe surface that masks the inevitable spill, scuff, or stain
And of course, the bag has to look fabulous, too.
For your celebrity clients, shoot for versatile It Bags like Just Cavalli's Metallic Nylon Backpack ($750). The multiple silvery straps can be slung over the shoulder or used as a slip-proof backpack, and there are tons of little zippered pouches to keep dangerous items out of baby's curious grasp. Mom-to-be Jessica Alba is already practicing with a bright bag similar to Chloe's Maya shoulder bag ($1,405), a bold blue statement piece that defies dirty smudges—and has plenty of room for wet wipes just in case. Tod's Ivory Leather-Trimmed T-Bag ($636) is a risky color, but all the pockets make it a risk worth taking, especially if you're taking your cues from too-cute mom-and-daughter duo Angelina and Zahara, who pull of white in style.
If you're looking for mid-range pricing, opt for something funky but still designer chic, like Stella McCartney for LeSportsac's small bowler ($350). Part diaper bag and part perfect carry-on, this pop-print purse was obviously created by a sporty mom (Stella's got three little ones). MICHAEL Michael Kors' Austin satchel ($328) is made of easy-to-clean nylon for little oopsies. And Cole Haan's sleek Aerin shoulder tote ($395) is the super wearable black-bag alternative that goes with everything. The cross-the-body shoulder strap makes it a cinch to lug your little lad or lass, too.
Not looking to dip into Junior's college fund to purchase a purse? There are plenty of fashionable options under $100, too. Nine West's bright, roomy Gain satchel ($89) is a sunny school bus yellow snakeskin that complies with this spring's trend of primary-colored accessories. Kathy Van Zeeland's Family Jewels square satchel ($80) has lots of little hiding places and a stain-disguising pewter metallic finish. And Old Navy's sturdy burlap-and-suede bowler is a steal at only $30. Take it to the beach, the park, the supermarket — this is the bag that can handle the wear and tear that comes along with chasing a toddler around all day.