While it would be nice to regularly jet off on extended vacations, busy schedules and stretched budgets more often allow for shorter jaunts—the type that call for a weekender bag rather than a full-fledged suitcase. And with holiday travel season fast approaching, the midsize luggage MVP of the moment is undeniably the duffle bag, an ideal style for trips to see family or wherever else this time of year takes you. The versatile piece fits all your essentials, plus a few extra options, without enabling any overpacking tendencies.
The duffles of today have a lot to offer: They’re sturdy, thoughtfully designed with convertible features, and perhaps best of all, they’re stylish. So rather than adding to the misery of holiday travel by schlepping an unsightly old overnight bag with you, treat yourself to a chic, modern option. We can’t say any of these weekenders will prevent long airport lines or reduce traffic, but we can guarantee you’ll look good for the journey.
This Bordeaux beauty is nothing short of genius. Unzipped, the duffle style unfolds to reveal an interior garment section for hanging dresses or blouses (it comes with a hanger loop and shoulder strap snaps). The Hook + Albert bag also features foldout flaps that double as shoe pockets, a water-repellant lining, and lightweight construction. What more could you ask for?
Swap out your canvas overnighter for a luxe leather duffle. J.Crew’s supple weekender is the ideal mix of sporty and sleek, plus you can detach the “oar stripe” shoulder strap to use the bag’s top handles. However you wear this classic style, you’ll look and feel like a grownup—even if you’re sleeping in your childhood bedroom.
The ethical experts at Everlane know how to marry fashion with function flawlessly, and their minimalist twill weekender bag is no exception. Full-length leather straps mean you can sling it over your shoulder, even if you’re wearing a winter coat, and the contrast base has been screen-printed 11 times for “durability and protection against wet grass and dirty floors.” (One can hope that includes gravy, too.)
Chic travel gear doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. This colorblock weekender duffle bag from Sole Society is made of vegan leather, features a detachable strap, and looks just as elevated as any high-end option.
If you’re hoping to invest in a designer bag that stands the test of time, look no further than this MCM vintage-inspired leather duffle. The classic logo print and rich cognac colorway make this weekender a luxury luggage piece you’ll have forever. You may even find yourself wanting to travel more often just so you can use it. (We didn’t say to visit the in-laws.)
Earn Your Stripes
No one does preppy sport quite like Tory Burch. Case in point: this nylon weekender that’s as effortlessly stylish as it is practical. Bonus: You can use the duffle as both luggage and/or a gym bag. Score!
Travel is fun but can certainly come with its fair share of hassles. By packing your belongings in one of these fashionable and functional duffle bags, you’ll be getting your trip off to a stress-free start, at least style-wise.