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3 pretty-yet-practical planners for 2021
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3 pretty-yet-practical planners for 2021

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Designer-made planners tend to strike a sweet spot between pretty and practical.

Designer-made planners tend to strike a sweet spot between pretty and practical. (Dreamstime/TNS)

For some, picking out a planner can be as head-scratching as sticking to a new year’s resolution. Small or large? Hardbound or spiral-wire spine? Dated or blank for customizing?

Some of my favorite yearly organizers (as well as ones that typically show up high on “best planners” lists) all have one thing in common: They’re the product of fashion brands. Designer-made planners tend to strike a sweet spot between pretty and practical.

Here are three options for jotting down your appointments, hopes and dreams in style in 2021.

Lilly Pulitzer: Even in the depths of winter, a Lilly Pulitzer planner will remind you of the beauty of Palm Beach. Each is done in one of the brand’s vibrant beachy or floral prints. A hard cover makes it durable, and interior pockets are helpful for storing loose-leaf notes. Plus, there are sections for outlining goals, travel plans and to-do lists, as well as a sheet of stickers for marking special occasions. Choose between 12 or 17 months in medium or, for extra space in the margins and bigger lettering, go with the large. Check them out at

Kate Spade: For something more chic, Kate Spade has planners for all kinds of occasions, including daily agendas, wedding planning and travel journals. Polka dots, monochrome hues and simple prints are common cover designs. Planner refills also are available. Explore these and more choices at

Vera Bradley: This planner has a lot in common with the Lilly Pulitzer one. Instead of Lilly’s suited-for-summer prints, though, the covers are splashed in Vera Bradley’s signature florals and paisleys. There are 13-month planners for students, too. Another winning feature: any of these agendas will coordinate well with your favorite Vera Bradley bag. Shop the collection at

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