13 Things Every Southern Girl Should Own: A Forever Bag

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Here’s the deal: if you’re a woman living in the great American South (or want to be) (or consider yourself a Southerner) there are a few things that every Southern girl should own. We’ve narrowed the list down to 13 items of equal importance and will be revealing them over the next couple of weeks. Here’s just one of things every Southern girl should own. 

Much like the perfect pair of jeans or a favorite t-shirt, every southern girl needs a forever bag that never goes out of style, always has room for one more lipstick and can easily carry a bottle of wine.

A forever bag is one of those bags that doesn’t just change an outfit, it changes the girl who carries it.

At least once in her Southern life, a girl needs to drop a large sum of cash on a really smart handbag (or try the alternate route of being gifted one). Remember the scene in Jerry McGuire when Jerry says, “You complete me”? This, my friend, is what the forever bag is all about.

This is the bag you’ll carry on job interviews, to church, to the hospital when your best friend has a baby and to every important meeting you’ll go to for the rest of your life, or at least until you acquire an additional forever bag. This is the bag that gives you confidence and makes you feel you can conquer the world. Plus, as stated earlier, it can hold every necessity ever and you really will be able to conquer the world when you can carry the right supplies. In some cases, it can even act as a weapon (or hold a weapon).

What do you look for in a forever bag?

  • Look for a neutral color such as black, gray or tan. It’s forever, so you want it to go with a lot of ensembles. Red will also work as it defines power.
  • It should be structured and made of real leather, a fabric bag just won’t do in this case.
  • And optimally, it should be designer. Which, I know, I know that’s just not what you’re about, but if it you are going call it a “forever bag” it needs a name tag on it. And it’s okay to drop a little cash on something that will likely last until your third child gets married. This bag will be in family photos, so it’s an investment and should be treated like one.

Remember, this isn’t just any old bag, this is aspirational. It’s something you work for and should be celebrated. It’s just another rite of passage into Southern womanhood.