Trend Report: Saddle Bags


Even though school started just a few weeks ago, I know we are already feeling the weight of the books that broke our banks (and may even break our backs). Living off-campus, daily commuting, and carrying around four books a day can be heavy.  Having a stylish bag that will comfortably allow you to carry them all, and keep your outfit looking classy (minus the large and out of style back-pack) is a must.  This year, you may actually be excited about carrying your books if you invest in a saddle bag.

Saddle bags are cute and reliable… so you definitely won’t need to worry about the strap breaking due to one too The BDG Crocodile Zipper Saddle Bag (on sale for $39.00) sold at Urban Outfitters, would not only look perfect with these boots but is large, and durable enough to carry all of your school supplies around a college campus.  Available in black and brown, grab two of this affordable bag and you’ll be ready to saddle up no matter what outfit you wear.  Don’t like the crocodile, and looking for a more classic look?  This Back in the Saddle cross body bag ($139.00) by Lucky Brand may be perfect for you.  It’s sleek, clean-cut look can take you straight from school to your internship, plus it's mid-sized so it's not too bulky to take your from day to night.  Saddle bags are also cute on weekends when you are going shopping downtown.  For a smaller sized bag, visit  This Saddle Pouch ($43.00) is chic, small, affordable, and available in 7 different colors (including bubblegum, oatmeal, chocolate, grape, mauve, jet, and pebble).  Now you can definitely buy one for every outfit you own.

Ride 'em, cowgirl!

— By Kelly Leslie, San Francisco State University

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