Now that it's officially November, we can start talking about the holiday season. Yep, it's time to start pinning those Thanksgiving recipes, doing your early gift shopping, and planning your trips. As any veteran traveler knows, sturdy, yet cute luggage is everything. Although it might seem impossible, there is a middle ground between fugly, utility luggage, and pretty, don't-scuff-this pieces. The beauty of investing in a nice piece is that you get to keep it forever!
My mother has had a Louis Vuitton roller carry-on and matching weekender bag that I've long had my eye on. And while I probably won't be able to steal those anytime soon, I can't help but dream. Though, yes, they came with a hefty price tag, they've also lasted her over 25 years. That's a major investment that's paid off time and time again.
If you're not quite on the same budget as my mother (read: like me), there are some options that look both sleek and will last a lifetime, or at least half a lifetime, to help you throughout your holiday and vacation traveling this year, next year, and the year after that. Because really, your luggage is the last thing you want to worry about, with flight delays, security issues, and maybe some too handsy TSA agents. Check out these trusty pieces that'll keep you on trend, but will keep your prized belongings safely in one place!
1. The Leather Weekender
Madewell Transport Leather Weekender Bag, $300, Net-A-Porter
Madewell leather never disappoints, and in such a classic color, this will never go out of style.
2. This Printed Rolling Bag
Love the animal print pattern that'll stand out from the sea of boring black bags.
3. This Pretty Pink Roller
FAB New York Luggage, Hello Kitty® 17 1/2-in. Hardside Wheeled Carry-On, $80, Kohls
You can never be too old for Hello Kitty.
4. The Fancy Herschel Duffel
Herschel Supply Company Sutton Mid Duffel, $400, Barneys
This Herschel duffel bag is a step up from their usual collection. In a burgundy color with gold hardware, it's sleek, it's sturdy, it's just preeeeeeetty.
5. This Floral Beauty
Ted Baker London Medium Sugar Sweet Florals' Hard Shell Suitcase, $448, Nordstrom
This teal beauty makes me want to travel just so I can use it.
6. All White Errythang
Herschel Supply Co. Trade Large Suitcase, $320, Shopbop
Love the clean all white details of this modern suitcase.
7. Not-So-Basic Black
Diane von Furstenberg Adieu 18" Carry On Hardside Spinner Suitcase, $140, Macys
If you're partial to black, this retro-inspired luggage will do.
As Saint Augustine once said, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Why not start with your luggage?
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