The Shape of Bags: A Round Up

The Shape of Bags: A Round Up

Don’t you love when girlfriends have great taste? At lunch several weeks ago a girlfriend complimented me on my blouse and decided to get it now that she’d seen it on me IRL. I loved and complimented her on her purse, which was an unusual shape, and decided to buy one. New Years Day she invited us to a fabulous Champagne brunch and we had to laugh when we ended up wearing matching outfits. 


We were having too much fun at her party to capture many pictures but we took some last week.

I get so many compliments every time I carry this bag, I thought I should share it before it sells out.

Round tote by Anthropologie on A Well Styled Life

This is called a tote, but I use it as a handbag. The round shape saves it from looking bulky. The soft gray has shiny silver inside which shows in the top part of the circle, above the zipper. The tassel trend continues into Spring but you could remove this detail if you wanted too.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life styling a round bag from Anthropologie It’s also available in black with red or moss with ivory. This gray is a great alternative to black for me. It also comes in a smaller size which is on sale. It comes with a long strap to wear as a cross body which I haven’t needed yet because the shoulder straps are a great length.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing a column of gray

Wearing all gray on this gray day felt gloomy so I added this vintage scarf (I bought it new:) for a pop of color.

Have you thought of carrying a round handbag? They’ve been on my radar for a while and this is a great one at a reasonable price.

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  1. May 23, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    The bag is lovely. Thanks for the photos. Enjoy your trip

  2. January 17, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Love the purse, hope I can find one in Vancouver, B.C.

    • January 18, 2018 / 6:50 am

      I’m sure there are versions like it everywhere Shirley.

  3. Julie,Melbourne,Australia
    January 17, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    I love that bag/purse and grey is a useful accessory colour.I laugh when you refer to bag/handbags as purses as here a purse is something for keeping coins in.Different country different terminology!
    Glad to hear you’re resting to get rid of your cold.Take care and keep up the fluids.

    • January 17, 2018 / 4:25 pm

      The difference in terms was funny when I lived in Canada too! All English! I’m winning the battle with this cold but it’s taking its time.

  4. lauratuck
    January 17, 2018 / 11:14 am

    it would not let me link to to purchase some of the items . the url did not work love your style

    • January 17, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Darn, I’m sorry Laura. Was this in the widget, shop round bags?

  5. January 17, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Jennifer, I notice you were visiting Benicia recently. That is my home town and a wonderful place to live. I understand from your columns that you are looking for a place to relocate. I hope you can visit Benicia during the summer and walk along First Street and enjoy the outdoor cafes and music playing in nearby venues. Benicia is a such a fun and vibrant place to be. Paula

    • January 17, 2018 / 1:18 pm

      Benecia is beautiful Paula! We visit often and love the small town vibe. Lucky you!! We’ve attended many outdoor events there and always enjoy ourselves. It would be a fun place to live.

  6. Joanna
    January 17, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I did read that round bags were going to be this year. I’m going to try one on for size, so to speak. ???? I was thinking a straw one would be cute for spring/summer.
    I take it as a compliment when a friend buys the same thing I’m wearing. We do make sure to not wear it when we’re going to be together though. Don’t want to look like twins or worse, she’ll look better in it. Lol

    • January 17, 2018 / 8:24 am

      You’re hilarious Joanna. Thanks for my morning chuckle. I’m looking for a straw one too but know they don’t hold much. Straw bags are my favorite in the summer.

  7. Rosemary
    January 17, 2018 / 7:14 am

    That round bag reminded me of when I was a teenager many, many, many years ago. The teen models were often shown carrying round bags they called hatboxes. Carried all their model necessities?

    • January 17, 2018 / 8:21 am

      I remember those! They’re totally back in style now. Everything does come back around.

  8. Diane
    January 17, 2018 / 7:06 am

    Hi. Your outfit is lovely. The scarf with the bright pink brightens up everything. It looks so nice with your hair and skin coloring. The tote is definitely a scene stealer! You pulled together a very polished outfit. Love it!!

    • January 17, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Thanks Diane! This scarf is a sentimental favorite of mine. It spruces up everything.

  9. Roxanne
    January 17, 2018 / 5:58 am

    The round purse is tres Chic! Is it hard to find stuff inside? I laughed about the tassels…they never go out of style in my little world!! It all started with Bass Weejuns tasseled loafers back in high school. Hope you are feeling much better. It is snowing here in South Carolina this morning.

    • January 17, 2018 / 6:57 am

      Snow in SC? Wow I thought that never happened. Stay warm. It’s easy to find things in the bag because the lining is such a light color and there are no dark corners;) I’m late to the game wearing tassels but now I’m all in.

  10. January 17, 2018 / 5:54 am

    Very smart bag. And I love the scarf!

  11. Deede
    January 17, 2018 / 5:52 am

    Good Morning…Just popping by to check on your cold…I hope you have recovered or at least are feeling better…Don’t wait too long to stop by a doc-in-the box if you aren’t improving…
    Interesting shape bags…Deede

    • January 17, 2018 / 6:54 am

      Good morning Deede! I’m fighting the good fight. I added Zicam to the mix and I’m doing a lot of laying around. I’m a firm believer in rest when trying to get well. I’m not feeling worse so that’s a good thing. Thanks xx

  12. January 17, 2018 / 5:12 am

    The round purse is so much fun! Love the variety and how stylish it looks….hope you are feeling better now and can enjoy your trip!

    • January 17, 2018 / 6:46 am

      Still fighting it but at least I’m by the water which I love.

  13. Susan Winham
    January 17, 2018 / 5:08 am

    I LOVE the Talbots duster. Curious if you bought petite and how it seems to run. Would love to know!

    • January 17, 2018 / 6:45 am

      I did not buy petite in the duster because I wanted it longer and more dramatic looking.

  14. Janet
    January 17, 2018 / 4:26 am

    I hadn’t, but it looks great. I may if I see one.

  15. Linda
    January 17, 2018 / 4:23 am

    That is a very interesting purse! I looked at the website and it said only one black bag left! I really like this silver color!

    • January 17, 2018 / 6:43 am

      You might find one by calling several stores. I find they sell out online sooner.

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