I’m not really one to sit and ruminate on a bag. When I see a new one, I either have something to say about it or I don’t, and if I do, it normally gets written about it shortly thereafter. Forming an opinion has never been difficult for me.

But when I saw the Michael Kors Roslyn Leather Shoulder Bag, I found myself experiencing a confusing, unfamiliar mix of feelings – I like the bag, but there’s something not quite right, and I’m having a difficult time putting my finger on it. Let’s discuss this bag’s details, shall we? After all, that’s usually where the devil is.

Michael Kors Roslyn Leather Shoulder Bag

First, I love the color and how it coordinates with the light gold hardware. This is just the kind of shade that I go looking for when it’s time to switch from winter to spring, and although that’s many months away, it’s perfect for the Resort 2010 collection that this obviously came from. On this rainy, sub-50-degrees day, I’d love to have a reason to buy this bag. A vacation to someplace balmy and exotic, preferably.

But something goes awry circa the handles. I like the knotted shoulder strap – it seems appropriate on this kind of bag where it might look cheap on something more tailored or formal. But then there’s the tote straps for hand-carrying, and they’re so plain and flat that they look like a complete afterthought. The shoulder strap isn’t so ridiculously long that you couldn’t use it to carry the bag by hand or in the crook of your arm, so why add them on anyway?

Maybe the designers tossed them in to give them someplace to hang the little dangling bits that come from the handle attachments. Are those things necessary? No. Would the bag look better without them? I can’t decide. They give some visual interest, which I think it needs, but they also appear to be a stuck-on afterthough. Maybe if they had been incorporated more centrally into the bag’s shape? At least that way, we could have done away with the unnecessary handles. Overall I still like the bag, but I wouldn’t buy it for full price – this seems like the sort of thing you pick up on sale. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $895.

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