Saturday, September 2, 2017

Purse & Bag Policy 101: Everything You Need to Know

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From top to bottom: Ruby Faux Leather Bag | Dooney & Burke Texas Foldover Crossbody | Dooney & Burke Dallas Cowboys Daphne Crossbody Wallet | Gucci Supermini GG Marmont Matelasse Bag | Kate Spade Cameron Street Mini Bag | Tory Burch Parker Chain Wallet
Finding stylish and functional small purses and bags that you can carry into NCAA and NFL football games is a challenge. The purses usually don't hold anything and are cheaply made.

Here's what I know: purse and bag policies are here to stay. The NFL instituted a purse and bag policy in 2013. More and more college football stadiums are implementing them as well.

Simply put, it makes the admission process easier. It takes stadium security too much time to search through a big, dark bag, which creates a bottleneck at entry. A small bag is easier and faster to check.

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Nebraska implemented a purse/bag policy this season.
I don't like carrying a clear bag because I don't want people checking out my business. While there are some stylish large, clear bags available, I prefer small crossbody purses. This allows you to experience the game (drink, eat, cheer, etc.) in hands-free fashion. You don't want to be carrying a big satchel bag at a game.

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AT&T Stadium Purse and Bag Policy

TIP: to find out about a purse policy of a stadium you're visiting, simply Google "_______ (insert the facility's name) purse/bag policy". For example, a search for "AT&T Stadium purse policy" yields hundreds of stories, including one of mine!

A video I did last year about the Purse & Bag policy.

 How to Find Small, Purse Policy-Approved Bags 

Dooney & Burke has a gameday collection, Dooney Sports, featuring NFL, MLB & NCAA teams. That collection offers a small crossbody wallet that works within most purse policies. The bag will fit your gameday essentials (money, credit cards, ID, keys, lipstick and phone). The cute thing is that it comes in a pattern featuring your favorite team's logo.

Tory Burch has a "Mini Bag" section online. Nordstrom also sorts bags by size. Barrington Gifts has a wonderful, customizable Stadium collection of small bags that you customize in your team's favorite colors.

Beyond that, finding those tiny totes is a challenge. So with all that in mind, here's an update of some of the most stylish mini bags, at every price point to help you navigate gameday in style.

 Shop More Purse Policy-Approved Bags 

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