From time to time around these parts, we tackle the somewhat tricky issue of diaper bags – do you go for a pattern or a solid? Leather or nylon? High-end or practical? The same one no matter what you’re wearing or several different ones to coordinate with your outfits? As I always feel compelled to mention in these posts, I’m single and without children, so I’ve never had to make these decisions for myself, which makes your input in the comments all the more important.

If I was looking to spend a little money on a fun diaper bag right now, though, the Kate Spade Union Square Stevie Baby Bag would be a strong contender – it’s patterned to hide wear but not too girly, and animal prints (particularly those involving black) look right at home in my wardrobe.

What I particularly like about this bag is that the design makes it clear that it’s not just your average tote, but it’s not one of those sickly sweet pink paisley things that you see so often (no offense to people that like those, of course). It’s a diaper bag for a grown woman with a sense of humor who wants something that straddles the line between function and fashion. Buy through Nordstrom for $395.

Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • Stacy

    Can’t help with the coordination input as I have no children, but it’s a cute bag. I would use it if i had the need for it.

  • Meredith in IL

    All the girls at work chipped in and bought a co-worker a Kate Spade diaper bag for her shower. They do have some really gorgeous ones in practical materials but don’t shout “Babies R Us” at you.

  • Sarah

    The Stevie was the only diaper bag I considered before choosing a large conventional bag for my diaper bag. It’s definitely a great shape and seemed like it would be useful. I did look at other choices like LV and Gucci, but their shapes are too “baby bag” and the prints too flashy. I do like the zebra and can see why some might choose a louder print-when else are you going to get away with that though several seasons? I’m still waiting on little miss to make her appearance to see if I made the right choice in the large Valentino Nuage in denim (lightweight bag, easily cleaned and durable exterior and interior fabric, large and great shape). I think the most important thing in choosing a bag not meant for diapers is to buy a nice wet bag just in case for messes-I could also be totally naive and end up getting one of those petunia pickle bottoms instead. My husband did end up buying his “dad bag” from that line, but it’s nice leather and has two linings to transform it into a laptop bag-it’s heavy though.

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