7 Classic Bags Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet
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The office-friendly top-handle bag
The structure and practicality of a top-handle bag makes it a classic choice for an everyday purse. Find one in a neutral color (black and nude are always safe) in a size that’s big enough to hold your essentials. Keep your hands free by purchasing a style that comes with a removable shoulder strap. If you have room in your budget, make this an investment piece. And never ever buy a smaller-sized purse in lieu of a more impressive label; the bag’s primary purpose is to hold your stuff. It’s non-negotiable. Here are style secrets of women who always look put together.
A relaxing weekend trip deserves a quality bag to match. Try a small duffle or a large tote in a dark color like navy or forest green. Don’t be afraid to venture into the men’s department for this one—the overnight bags there tend to be sturdier than the ones in the women’s department. But don’t over-pack: these are items you’ll regret bringing on vacation.
The evening crossbody bag
This is your go-to bag for a night on the town. Choose one in a dark neutral, such as black, navy, or grey. The bag should be large enough to hold your wallet, keys, and a bit of makeup, but not so large it becomes a nuisance. These simple fashion upgrades make you look expensive.
The everyday tote
A tote bag is the catchall you turn to should your belongings ever overflow from your everyday purse (an occurrence that shouldn’t take place frequently). Wear the bag on its own (not in addition to the other bag, which can look a bit frumpy). Leather options can be totally stylish.
The evening clutch
For a chic evening out, go back to basics with a sleek clutch. If you like sparkle, choose one with glittery embellishments. If you prefer to make a statement with color, look for one in a bold shade. Make sure the clutch can accommodate your cash, ID, credit card, and keys. Pack light: Her are items you should never carry in your purse.
A sensible luggage set
Not only will quality luggage get you through airport security in style, it’s also more likely to hold up more safely to the wear and tear of travel. Look for one in a standout color you’ll be able to identify on the luggage carousel. Avoid making these airport mistakes before your next flight.