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It’s in the Bag

By Lavender August 28, 2009

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Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers
You’ve already learned how to carry yourself with style; now you can carry your stuff in style as well with this season’s arsenal of great bags. Whether you’re backpacking across Europe or just hiking across the highway, there is a bag style out there that is perfect for your needs. With great colors and tons of surprise storage space, you may even start to enjoy packing!

GRAPHICS
Columbia Sportswear Co. / Level 1, West (W117)

You get two trends in one with this neon backpack from Columbia. Bright, attention-grabbing colors and cool, pop-art prints are both huge hits for fall. Reflective front panels and waterproof construction also show that this bag is full of “bright” ideas.

Organic
Sundog Trading Company / Level 2, South (S276)

Make both yourself and the planet happy with this eco-friendly bag from PrAna. Made out of recycled polyester, this pack also features a padded notebook sleeve, and tons of room for a laptop, books or whatever you need to cart around.

Gray
puma / Level 1, North (N106)

Gray is maintaining its hold as the #1 neutral on the fashion scene. This season the cool color can be paired with black for the ultimate in recession chic, or you can look on the bright side and combine it with this fall’s neon brights.

Rugged
Fossil / Level 2, East (E262)

There is nothing cooler than a perfectly worn-in bag, and this messenger style from Fossil has exactly the right mix of rugged appeal and retro charm. Inspired by vintage military gear, this bag has enough pockets and patches to keep you stocked for any (fashion) emergency.

Hardware
Tumi / Level 1, West (W140)

Bags were seen sporting multiple zippers, shiny studs and plenty of other bling this season. Don’t worry if your style is more sophisticated than showy; you can still add a little heavy metal with basic buckles like this chic Tumi bag. The slim shape and durable nylon make this bag a must for travelers.

Onward Style is Lavender’s exclusive column written by Sara Rogers, MOA® Trend Specialist. She has worked in the fashion industry for more than 20 years as a model, fashion specialist, wardrobe therapist, and television host. As the Trend Specialist and Personal Shopper for Mall of America®, her “office” spans 4.2 million square feet and more than 520 stores, providing her with extensive resources to research what’s hot in retail trends.

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