Helen RayComment


Helen RayComment

When it comes to the perfect weekend bag my requirements are that it must be practical and stylish, strong and comfortable to carry, neutral in colour and minimalist in design. Here’s a selection of some current faves . . .

Collapsed Tote Bag, £35, Cos
More oversized handbag than your typical weekend bag but this would still be handy for a single night away or when travelling light. Smooth technical material with a soft cotton lining. Wide shoulder strap for comfort and secure zip fastening.

Measurements: 44cm x 29cm x 29cm


Le Pliage Travel Bag size L, £75, Longchamp

Lonchamp’s classic travel bag Le Pliage remains popular for good reason. Available in a range of colours, finishes and sizes there is something for every taste. I have had my khaki canvas bag for over 8 years now, it is very well used and still going strong. Excellent quality, great value, and folds up small and compact for storage.

Measurements (size L) : 45cm x 35cm x 23cm


Weekend Bag, £59, Rains

This waterproof weekend bag from Danish rainwear lifestyle brand Rains has one main compartment and an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap.

Measurements: H 34 cm x L 60 cm x W 23 cm.

Simple minimalist design at a very affordable price. I’m a fan of the matte finish and the black and the green are my favourite colours.


72 Hour, 3 Way Duffle, £135, Arket

I’m not overly enamoured by how this bag looks but it’s 3 way design is really clever converting easily to a backpack or shoulder bag depending on your travel needs. There are 2 main zipped compartments which you can pack much like a miniature suitcase, a laptop/tablet compartment, 2 interior separated pockets and 2 exterior zip pockets.

Measurements: 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm

The ARKET series of unisex weekend luggage and travel accessories is designed to optimise the maximum permitted carry-on size on international aircrafts but always best to double check with your airline before travelling.


Gabrielle Weekend Bag, £249, Hush

This black, slouchy, textured leather weekend bag from Hush has gold hardware (tick!) and a detachable shoulder strap (tick!)

You have the option to unclip the sides for an alternative shape and an inside zip pocket for valuables.

Personally I would remove the star shaped tag from the handle as I think it looks better without, then it’s pretty much perfect!

Dimensions not specified online!


Image credits in order of appearance Cosstores.com, Longchamp.com, Rains.com, Arket.com, Hush-UK.com