As you can imagine, the Rebecca Minkoff Leopard Baby Bag inspires a multitude of questions. Chief among them, however, is one that has been at the back of my mind since I started writing for this blog: why are baby bags so often patterned?

My status as a childless woman probably means that there are a few finer points to baby bag choice that I don’t entirely understand, but as best as I can surmise, a pattern provides two possible conveniences: first, some types of pattern hide wear pretty well. Second, the prissy pink paisleys that usually characterize baby bags announce to the world that the owner does, in fact, have a child. Although I think that they baby they’re likely also carrying should be enough to make that clear.

So on the one hand, I’m glad that this isn’t as gag-inducingly twee as a lot of baby bags are. On the other hand, red leopard print and turquoise trim are not the answer to our diaper-carrying quandaries. In fact, this particular color and print combination is the answer to absolutely nothing. I’ll admit that it’s got a bit of an 80s-meets-rockabilly thing going that I’m not entirely opposed to, but this color combination simply doesn’t work on this scale. It would have been a better idea as a clutch.

Which brings me back to my first question: why all the pattern on baby bags? They’re always big and obvious, making any pattern that’s used for one seem completely over the top, and pattern is really hard to match in most wardrobes. Since a baby bag is an everyday necessity for a new mom, and new moms are usually desperate for ways to feel “put together” and normal, can we all just agree to ditch the patterns in favor of using smart, chic, durable materials that a woman can be proud to wear? If you need further evidence, look no further than the plain black version of this very same bag. Buy through ShopBop for $395.

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  • Mochababe73

    This has got to be the ugliest bag taht I have seen in a long time-baby bag or handbag. I paid $40 on eBay for a $100 black Baby Bjorn bag. There are unpatterned baby bags out there-Kate Spade and Target to name few.
    To be honest, the only reason why I got a black bag was because of my husband, but I still owned a cutesy bag. That’s just me. I like cutesy, girly, feminine, and pink, and I have two sons!

  • Karla

    I love the style but that is the ugliest color combo it is available in. Check it out in the blue/black combo here:

    http://www.endless.com/Rebecca-Minkoff-Zipper-Baby-Diaper/dp/B002XDR2FS

    I really like this bag in THIS color combo.

  • Linda

    That is the most horrible color combination I think I have ever seen. HORRIBLE!

  • poodle

    When I first saw that picture I was horrified, but in a matter of about 2 seconds, I realized that I oddly REALLY like it! I hate animal print bags and especially odd and tacky color combos like turquoise and bright red, but for some reason, I wouldn’t mind carrying that around as my baby bag. I think it ONLY works as a baby though, I couldn’t imagine carrying a bag around like that for any other reason. So, I hate it as a regular bag, but love it as a baby bag. Strange but true ;)

  • Anita

    The other color combinations shown on the Endless link are so much better. I don’t really like leopard print, but I could see myself carrying any of the other colors, especially the Bronze Leopard.

  • Karen

    yuck! i love RM, but this bag is frightening. it’s not just the color/pattern combo, but also the long leather pulls make no sense. i know RM features them on most of her bags, but on a baby bag they are just going to end up in your baby’s mouth or, worse, a poop-filled diaper at changing time. RM made a far better baby bag a while back (Knocked-up bag?).

  • Loquita

    Truly hideous! I agree with Karen’s comments about the tassels being highly impractical as well – this bag also comes in plain black nylon and it is far more attractive in that shade.

  • Claire

    LOL it does look terrifying, but to answer your question, a great many baby bags and onesies, T-shirts are patterned because patterns hide stains well. If you stain (milk, poop :), food, etc) a solid T-shirt, you pretty much have to wear it only in the house, KWIM? However, patterns can hide them to some extent so you can get more wear out of them.

  • elyse

    what is with RM doing all of these awful bags in brightly colored leopard print? It’s just not flattering (fb)

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