If you have to ask, then you probably don’t have need for a weekender bag. You use large and luxurious leather trunks, packed by your lady’s maid, and carried by your footman or butler. So, if weekends don’t apply to you, congratulations—you can stop reading here. But, if weekends are your thing, and travel your pleasure, then a fabulous weekend bag is a must-have. We’re not talking about a gym duffel, or basic overnight bag—a “weekender” is a polished and sophisticated piece of luggage, just right for carrying everything you need for a weekend in, let’s say, Napa.
Yes, most likely. A weekender is the perfect size for overnight and weekend travel. It’s a much better alternative to larger luggage or suitcases, and is far preferable to trying to cram your clothing, accessories and toiletries into a backpack or large tote. The weekender, in all its canvas and/or leather glory, will greatly enhance your wine tasting experience, as you sip, with the knowledge that you have traveled stylishly for your stay in wine country.
Here’s the catch with weekenders. They’re not meant for toting everything that you think you could possibly need for a few days away. You must show intent and be selective when you pack, bringing clothing, accessories and shoes that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits. Light and low maintenance is the name of the game. That trip to Napa, for instance, may require a pair of skinny jeans, a couple of tops, a blazer or sweater, a dress, sandals, and a cute crossbody purse. All of this will fit into your overnight bag with room to spare. The of-the-moment weekenders are canvas, leather or some combination thereof, though there are other cute options in faux leather, quilted cotton, or nylon. Some weekenders have pockets, inside or out, for organization. And straps may be short or long, depending on your carrying preference.