Dear Boardroom Belles,
I read somewhere that “leathers” should match. Whether or not this is commonplace, the idea appealed to me. I am the most attracted to camel/cognac colored leather and am looking to match my purse (large enough to hold a water bottle), laptop bag (needs to fit a 15.5” laptop), and commuting flats for work. Do you have any suggestions?
- Looking for Basics
Dear Looking for Basics,
First things first, there is no “rule” that says you need to match your bag to your shoes. In fact, I try to avoid being too “matchy.” I tend to buy basics in neutral colors that coordinate, not match. For example, I’m currently using a tote bag in an off-white color for work, and rotate flats in gold, black and nude for commuting. My accessories don’t clash/but they don’t match either- they just go-together.
Additionally, I would warn against choosing a large leather bag for your laptop. If your laptop is 15.5 inches, any leather bag large enough to fit it is going to be heavy and if you are carrying a leather purse on top of that it can be quite a load. I would suggest either a nylon bag for your laptop (like this one) and a leather bag for your purse, or a large leather tote that can double as your work tote and purse during the week (this is what I prefer).
With regards to commuting flats, I would suggest buying a comfortable leather pair that have a rubber sole. The rubber sole will be more durable and provide more cushioning than a leather sole than a leather sole. If you can only purchase one pair of flats I would recommend these Cole Haan Nike Air flats. Most of my friends wear these shoes in either the nude or black patent leather, as the patent leather doesn’t show wear-and-tear. Unfortunately, they don’t come in a cognac/camel leather color.
All that said, I’ve put together some sets for that feature camel/cognac leather shoes and another for bags and totes in a range of prices. Hope this helps!!!