Wardrobe Staples: Longchamp Le Pliage
One of my goals when I started this blog was to create my wardrobe staples list, an undertaking which spanned an entire year as I looked at what I owned, what I actually wore, and what I still needed. While I’m still filling in a few gaps in my closet, I wanted to start highlighting the pieces on my list that span the seasons and delve in deep—what function do they serve? Why does this piece (instead of another) make the list? What do I like about this piece? How long has it been in my wardrobe? How do I use it?
One of my most-used pieces in my wardrobe is my Longchamp Le Pliage*. It’s definitely an early 2010s throwback, but it’s a classic, practical piece that is lightweight, sturdy, and rainproof (!!!), which alone knocks all competition out of the water (pun intended).
This piece makes my wardrobe staples list primarily because of its practicality. As mentioned above, it’s rainproof, which is such a relief when I am carrying my laptop around. On days when I’m commuting, it’s nice to have something incredibly lightweight to transport my belongings. It’s a sturdy bag that holds a lot of weight. The Le Pliage has also held up to daily usage for over a decade.
I received my first Le Pliage* as a gift when a family member was in France, just as I was graduating from college. I was very grateful as I was heading into “the real world,” complete with commute. At this point in my life, I wasn’t bringing my laptop to work, so I used my medium* Le Pliage for my commuting bag. It was so great—roomy enough to hold everything I needed, light enough so it wouldn’t weigh me down during my walk home.
I subsequently received two large* Le Pliages as gifts from my godmother and those quickly became my ideal travel bag! I have used these as carryons for long-haul flights and as weekend bags for more local trips. They’ve held everything and, when I’ve unpacked, I can just fold them up and stick them in my purse.
Why I love the Le Pliage*: practical, lightweight, a classic that’s not trendy or dated. Great for work, travel, or everyday! A perfect seasonless staple. I highly recommend!