I'm currently looking at weekend bags, as I like to travel light. I'm pretty good at packing as much as I can get into a case, so a weekend bag is no challenge for me. Plus you can save on baggage costs when you fly short-haul. What I've discovered is that there are some really stunning weekend bags around – have a look at these compact beauties …
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Victoria Beckham Leather Tote
Price: $3,250 at net-a-porter.com
I love this Victoria Beckham tote bag (although admittedly not its eye-watering price tag) for its classic, simple design. It's easily big enough to fit in enough for a weekend, although small enough to use as carry-on luggage. Although if you could afford this, you wouldn't need to worry about the price of the plane ticket!
Price: $400 at net-a-porter.com
This Michael Kors bag is a bargain … relatively speaking! Again, it's a good size, and has a detachable strap if you prefer to sling a bag across your body. It also has a cute little tag. This bag just screams quality and if you use weekend bags a lot might just be worth the investment.
Diane Von Furstenberg Duffel Bag
Price: $115 at saksfifthavenue.com
How pretty this Diane von Furstenberg bag is! It comes in two different flower prints, one in coral, the other blue. The bag is ideal if you want to pack a weekend bag in your suitcase for all those extra purchases, as it folds down. It would also make a very stylish bag to hold your gym kit.
Price: $1300 at saksfifthavenue.com
Sometimes, simplicity is the key to style, and a great source of simple bags is to look among those designed for men. This Ferragamo bag fits the bill admirably. It's beautifully unfussy, and an excellent example of the "less is more" philosophy. Somehow I can just imagine the likes of George Clooney carrying this, which is enough to make me want to buy it!
Bric 21» Rolling Duffel Bag
Price: $330 at neimanmarcus.com
If you want the flexibility of being able to choose between carrying a bag by hand, and pulling it on wheels, then this style of bag is for you. This Bric model makes the perfect weekend bag, with its subtle deep blue colour and smart leather trim. With rolling duffel bags, the handle and wheels are recessed, thus reducing the overall measurements of the bag.
Price: $60 at neimanmarcus.com
If you prefer a colourful weekend bag then this should do you nicely. It's a lovely smart red, without being garish, in a crocodile-embossed effect (but is actually made from pvc). Like all good weekend bags, it has both carry handles and strap. It´s big enough to be able to pack plenty in, and the price is reasonable too.
Big Buddha Strut Tote
Price: $94 at zappos.com
Big Buddha certainly has come up with some fabulous weekend bags. This tote bag is available in a choice of colours, my favourite being the bright pink and blue. It's bright and cheerful without being too loud (though be careful it doesn't clash with your outfit!). You can also choose from blue and brown or grey and pink.
Obey Craftwork Duffel
Price: $72 at zappos.com
Finally, are you looking for a bag that will stand out? This bag is certainly eye-catching and stylish, with its southwest-inspired print. The pattern is unusual and will draw the eye of fashion lovers. You´ll look like a celebrity swanning through the airport with this on your arm!
There is such an excellent choice of weekend bags available that, whatever your taste or budget, you´re sure to find something you love for your trips away. Some of these bags may be pricy, but they can give you the inspiration to look for a style or colour that you like. Would you pay these prices for a weekend bag?
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