Six Ways to Wear the Carson Shoulder Bag

All season you’ve heard us rave about this fall’s IT bag — the Carson Shoulder Bag. In a trendy, but timeless saddlebag silhouette, the Carson is so versatile that we believe there is an option to fit any woman’s style and personality. Offered in 15 different options across six fabrications, three quilting styles and multiple price-points, it’s not hard to see why. We decided to put this to the test. Six bloggers with different styles, backgrounds, careers and personalities each test-drove their favorite Carson Shoulder Bag before its official release. We wanted to know if this truly was the universal IT bag all women needed (spoiler alert: it definitely is). Time for their final review — see how each blogger styled the Carson for autumn and what features made them fall in love with fall’s IT bag.


Blog: KBStyled
Job: VP, Corporate Recruiting
Location: Franklin, Tennessee
Favorite bag: Suede in Bittersweet Chocolate


“As an on the go mom of two, I need a bag that is not only chic but also practical, functional and allows me to be hands-free. I also need to be able to keep everything organized in a way that keeps the essentials easily accessible. I absolutely love the Carson because it can be worn as a shoulder bag or a crossbody. I also love all of the slip pockets — especially the one in the back, which gives me easy access to my phone. It can be worn for so many occasions — I carry mine in the daytime, with casual eveningwear, weekends with my family and for travel!”


Blog: Lauren Elyce
Job: Digital Marketing Consultant
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite bag: Waxed Cotton in Cactus Green


“I’m always on the go, so when it comes to finding the perfect handbag, I need something that can hold #allthethings and still look cute with my #ootd! I need a versatile bag that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Naturally, the Carson Shoulder Bag has been my go-to for travel days. It can hold all of my must-haves as well as my camera, charging cords, passport and of course, my snacks! My favorite feature is definitely the wide, adjustable strap. I can wear it as a messenger or tighten it as a classic shoulder bag.”


Blog: Little Black Blog
Job: Publicist
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite bag: Denim Navy


“Working in a big city, I take public transit — so it’s important I have a bag that’s both functional holding my essentials (with a zip closure) and fashionable to wear all season long. The best feature is definitely the charger pocket! Whether I’m posting to my Instagram Stories or updating a client’s social platforms for work, there’s no doubt my phone battery drains throughout the day. Having a spot in my bag specifically for the charger has been a lifesaver! I also love that I can transition the Carson after work to be my happy hour sidekick.”


Blog: Stylish, Sassy & Classy
Job: Merchandise Assistant
Location: Lexington, North Carolina
Favorite bag: Microfiber in Charcoal


“I typically look for a handbag that works for my everyday life and easily goes with most of my looks. Neutral colors are great for investment bags because they can go with everything. I love how versatile the strap is on the Carson Shoulder Bag — you can carry it on your shoulder or as a crossbody! It’s my staple everyday bag — I take it to work, carry it on the weekends and bring it for my travels.”


Blog: Cedar & Rush
Job: Social Media and Marketing Consultant
Location: Elmhurst, Illinois
Favorite bag: Cotton in Houndstooth Tweed


“The three things I look for in a handbag are a bold print, functionality and longevity. I believe in investing in high-quality brands so you can carry your handbags for several seasons or even years. On my Carson Shoulder Bag, the front pockets are where it’s at! They’re the perfect place for stashing your phone and items you reach for constantly. This bag is perfect for everyday occasions — date night, brunching with girlfriends and running errands. In the fall, I wear a neutral palette, so this Houndstooth Tweed adds a little pizazz to my outfit!”


Blog: Simply Sabrina
Job: Full-Time Blogger
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite bag: Leather in Bittersweet Chocolate


“For me, it’s all about the material. Having a high-quality fabric ensures the bag lasts through the season and as a staple year-round. I always gravitate toward neutral colors and love Bittersweet Chocolate. One of my favorite things about the Carson is that it’s perfect for everyday use. I take it with me to work as well as on date nights with my hubby! I love the outside pocket — I’m constantly losing my phone, so being able to slip it in the front pocket for quick access is a game changer.”

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