Rock and Roll-Call: 3 Summer Show-Going Bags

The season isn’t over, but I’m already missing the vibrant pops of color that go with summer.  There’s something about the arrival of fall fashion collections that crushes a bit of my soul.  Yes, I love the luscious leathers and tweeds of autumn, but warm weather style is like a rainbow-filled sunny sky: it just makes me happy.  Concerts, specifically NKOTBSB pop fests (you know you love them too!), are another summer perk, and they deserve seasonally appropriate accessories. 

You wouldn't want to drag your brand new fur Prada to a stadium filled with beer, nachos, and thousands of mosh-pitting fans, but you will need a chic, statement-making bag to tote all your concert necessities. Here’s a trio of fun options to solve that dilemma.

Kate Spade

As one of the cutest novelty clutches ever, Kate Spade’s Recital Farrah reinterprets the keyboard into a whimsical, rocker-worthy design. The Lucite black bow that crowns the clasp is streamlined and modern, but not overly cute.  Unlike some other clutches where you can barely fit a Band Aid inside, the Recital Farrah is long and lean, making it up to the task of corralling your tickets, lipstick, keys and cell.


Coach may be most appropriate for suburban shopping sprees, but they hit the right notes with the New Madison Patent Marielle Drawstring Shoulder Bag (try singing that three times fast). The vibrant boysenberry hue screams summer, and the patent leather repels the nastiest of concession stand spills.  I personally like to have a roomy tote when I go concert hopping: I’m a bag lady at heart who likes to keep the contents of a cosmetic store, a change of clothes, and a first aid kit worthy of apocalyptic occurrences at the ready.  The Marielle’s drawstring smushes everything into the perfect size for an under-the-seat stash, but the bag can still fit tons of souvenir swag.  Despite a self-imposed Coach-buying ban, I may have to take the Marielle for a test drive. Maybe.


LeSportSac and I have a love/hate relationship. I adore the brand’s parachute-fabric durability and funky prints, and because of that, all of my LeSportSacs have suffered intense abuse over the years. In college, my trusty totes were packed daily with 50 pound textbooks, but somehow they managed to survive.  Perhaps this rugged-tough engineering is what makes me covet the Kasey small crossbody. Never mind that I already have three Kaseys residing in my closet—in the Breakdance print, this on-the-go staple communicates a carefree 80s personality that would befit any arena or open air show.

What bag calls out to you, and what have you been carrying to concerts this season, readers?


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