It's likely that you have a purse in your closet (or on your counter, or by the front door, or anywhere else you throw your everyday bag) that you've been hanging onto for years. It goes with absolutely everything, and it has just enough room to hold the essentials without the disorganization that often comes with a giant tote. Lea Michelle's crossbody bag is the updated version of that old classic — and it's officially time to make the swap.
Michele was photographed while out in New York City on Mon. wearing the epitome of laid back, off-duty style. The NYC native wore distressed, straight-leg denim, a slightly cropped black sweater, and burgundy-velvet slides. While her outfit was stylish but relatable, the real star of the look was her bag. Michele wore a black, crossbody bag with a front pocket and a prominent top handle that she scored at Madewell.
Michele's versatile carryall — which is only $128 — is the perfect size for everyday use and can be worn with or without the long, crossbody strap. If you look closely, you can see that Michele's bag has her initials printed elegantly in tiny gold lettering. Madewell offers leather stamping on a variety of products to make your every day bag that much more personalized.
Celebrities have called upon this cult-favorite brand before for just about every occasion, from running errands to attending fashion week shows (I'm looking at you, Freida Pinto). As J.Crew's more contemporary sister brand, Madewell continues to make a convincing case for basics when it comes to day-to-day style. Michele's adorable mini-tote is made from vegetable leather, and it's tanned to perfection (it looks just worn enough without seeming overly destroyed).
The bag is still in stock, plus it comes in four colors to choose from. While many remain partial to a classic black bag, the fall season is a great excuse to experiment with fun hues like maroon, saddle brown, or even bubblegum pink. Ahead, shop the actor's everyday purse, along with The Zoe Report's list of stylish, efficient crossbody bags to wear while you're out and about.