October 14, 2015

Five Essential Bags Every Woman Should Own

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Whether you carry a tote, wallet, backpack or clutch, there are five essential handbags that all women should own.  When building your handbag collection, be sure to include these five essential bags:

1. Tote
A truly versatile bag, a tote can serve as your computer and carry-all bag during the week.  Look for one with durable straps and reinforced handles so that it can carry heavier loads.  I love this Tory Burch York Tote in blush as my every day go-to work tote bag.  I love how it is divided into three compartments, so I am less likely to lose my belongings (does anyone else lose keys in the bottom of their bag every day??).  Also, when looking for a tote, stick to neutral colors so you can wear it with anything.    

2. Crossbody
A crossbody can serve as both a dressy daytime bag, as well as an evening out bag.  I love this Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. crossbody in biscuit.  The Mini M.A.C. is great for running around town and is the perfect size for your basic necessities such as your wallet, keys, phone and lipstick.  Also, I love the metal hardware for a more edgy and sophisticated look.

3. Work Bag
A structured leather work bag is an essential if you are always on the go and carry around files and other work-related items day in and day out.  I love this Ivanka Trump Hopwell Work Tote in black.  I am a huge fan of all things Ivanka Trump and love the quality of her shoes and bags.  The interior of this bag is very spacious with more than enough room for daytime essentials and the exterior is very poised and professional.  Again, I would stick to a neutral color so you can wear it with everything.

4. Travel Bag
Work hard, play harder.  A durable travel bag is a worthwhile investment because you never know where work or life will take you.  I have had my eye on this LL Bean Somerset Weekender for some time now because I think it would make for a great overnight or weekend getaway bag, and it is on sale right now.  I love the quality craftsmanship, classic color block, and the adorable belted buckle.  You will definitely be traveling in style with this bag.

5. Clutch
A lady-like clutch that can take you from office to (evening) out is an essential bag for working gals.  I love this chic and timeless Clare V. Leopard-Print Fold-Over Clutch for brunch or special occasions.  Leopard is a neutral, and this bag is very versatile and looks great with all colors, casual or dressed up.  As a side note, I am a huge fan of the fact that these bags are made locally in L.A. with conscious consumerism at the forefront, which makes this handbag splurge worth it in my opinion!

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  1. Agree about everything! All the bags are perfect and will be great addition to the everyday style looks!


  2. Great post! Tote bags are my favourite, and I absolutely love that Tory Burch one, the colour is gorgeous <3


  3. Great post! I tend to use one bag for a ton of uses but I might need to build up my collection to make sure I cover all my bases :)

    Hustle & Whoa

  4. These are all great choices!! I love that leopard clutch!

  5. Good post, I think you have covered all :)
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  6. Love these! What a great round-up. I have either the exact bag or a variation of most of them, and I highly agree with your assessment!!!


  7. Love this, I want a Tory Burch york tote! I just ordered the Claire V clutch in the Shopbop sale and I can't wait!

    Laura Aime Vous

  8. Totally agree! Such cute bags!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire