SAVE, SPEND, SPLURGE: Neutral Everyday Handbags

I’ve been getting requests for neutral handbag recommendations, so I decided it was time to update this post — not that I need much encouragement to talk about my favorite topic!

I’ve always had a thing for handbags, for as long as I can remember, and I enjoy changing them out with my outfits.

That said, I know a lot of you tend to carry one main bag for the season, and that’s what I’m focusing on in this post — neutral everyday handbags that are versatile enough to be your one bag for the season.

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The most versatile neutral color for an everyday handbag is a shade of taupe or beige — decide on a warm or cool tone based on the rest of your wardrobe. If you tend to wear mostly cool color tones, you will probably like a taupe or grey bag best. If you wear warmer shades, a tan or cognac colored bag will coordinate best.

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I’m a tote girl for my everyday bag, but sometimes I like a good satchel or hobo style bag for a change. Some women prefer a crossbody or backpack so they can be hands-free.

The one thing that IS for sure is every woman has different preferences and budgets, so I tried to include a variety of styles and price points in my recommendations.

I do want to encourage you to consider investing in a quality bag. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton, but pay attention to the quality of materials and workmanship because a handbag can go a long way towards completing a classy and polished look.

SAVE: Neutral Handbags Under $100

These bags from budget brands are mostly faux leather, but they look nice and should last you at least a season of daily use.

SPEND: Neutral Handbags $100 — $750

These bags from contemporary designers are mostly genuine leather, although I did include a few higher end vegan bags for those who prefer that. No matter the material, these are all good quality bags that should certainly last you a few years of regular use.

Obviously, you can shop off-price retailers and consignment shops to get even better deals on these designer brands, but I’m linking to the retail stores I can access through my ShopStyle shopping widgets.

You can also find good sales at these stores throughout the year. Be sure to utilize that Get Sale Alert button so you get an email when something you like goes on sale!

SPLURGE: Neutral Handbags $750+

Finally, for those who are into luxury bags, I rounded up some of my favorite splurge-worthy styles.

I know these aren’t for everyone, but I did have a few requests for this category, and I think it’s good to know what’s out there. If nothing else, this shows you the styles inspiring some of the handbag designs at the more accessible price points.


I hope that was helpful, or fun at least. Do you have any of these bags? Or another bag you’d recommend?

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