A lot of you responded with your own tales of woe when Megs wrote about getting caught in the rain with her pale pink Givenchy Antigona, so I suppose it shouldn’t surprise anyone that The Handbag Raincoat exist and is available to purchase at Shopbop in three sizes. The more I think about it, though, the more I can’t hate on it.

At first, my reaction was snarky. Who in the world would pay 30 bucks to keep their purses dry while they spring into the grocery store? Except, of course, lots of people would do that. Maybe even me, if you caught me in the right mood. The idea is unpleasantly high-maintenance, but the execution is pretty practical, especially if you’re someone who spends a lot of money on bags. (Hi. You’ve come to the right place.)


The product itself works just like it looks like it does: you pop it over your bag and the handles poke out the top opening, which is adjustable with velcro. Water can still make its way into the space between the handles, but the vast majority of your bag is covered. When you’re not using the bag-coat, it stores in a little pouch that will float to the bottom of your purse, completely forgotten until you need it. Like I said: buying a handbag raincoat may not be the image of yourself that you want to project to others, but this one seems pretty functional if you prefer satchels or totes.

I’m not sure that I’m organized enough to use one of these, if I actually bought it. It’d probably end up like my fabric grocery bags: acquired with good intentions but left at home in all situations in which it might be useful. Could you see yourself buying and using a handbag raincoat?

If you could, you’re in luck: all three sizes are available at Shopbop for $25, $28 or $30.

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