Think you need a different handbag for every outfit? Nonsense. The truth is, you really only need six basic bags to get you through any occasion, whether it’s an interview, shopping, date night or even a wedding. Below are the six handbags every woman should own, along with suggestions for a range of budgets that can be worn for years to come.
1. Sophisticated work tote
Every woman needs a workhorse bag; one that is functional and large enough to hold important papers, some magazines, books, iPad, etc., and chic enough to wear to work. Look for one in a neutral monochromatic color that works with almost everything in your wardrobe.
A satchel has a bit more structure than a tote and easily goes from desk to dinner to Sunday brunch. Look for one in a rich neutral color like red or oxblood, or with interesting accents like animal prints, hardware or colorblocking.
3. Casual cross-body
Cross-body bags are perfect for shopping, site-seeing or any time you need the convenience of a hands-free bag. Look for a mid-size style that holds all your essentials.
A chic clutch is perfect for date night or dinner with girlfriends.
5. Special occasion bag
A dressy party clutch in black or a wear-with-everything metallic is ideal to have on hand for special occasions.
6. Beach tote
Whether you’re headed to the beach, toting your knitting supplies, or carrying files to and from the office, an oversized canvas tote is a must-own.