SAVE, SPEND, SPLURGE: Neutral Everyday Handbags for Fall/Winter

I’ve had a request for a roundup of neutral everyday handbags, and I’m going to go out on a limb and assume there are others who might also be wanting some recommendations as well, especially as we lead up to the holiday season! I don’t need much encouragement to talk about my favorite topic, so I’m happy to do some window shopping for you guys.


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Whenever I do a handbag roundup or discuss the must-have handbags every woman needs, I get asked about the best neutral for your go-to everyday handbag. While I love a black bag, and I carry one often, if I were only going to choose only one bag to carry every day, I would not choose a black bag. Black can be harsh, and contrary to popular belief, it does not go with everything.

A more versatile neutral color 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. I look best in cool tones, so I find myself gravitating to taupe and grey bags, although I still like to have a good cognac bag for certain outfits.

You can also go with a shade or blush or white, but considering the time of year, I’m going to focus mostly on taupes and tans. I’ll also include some black bags because there is certainly nothing wrong with a black bag, and I’ve been carrying mine a lot lately. I just swap it out when I feel like I need a softer neutral.

I’m a tote girl for my everyday bag, but sometimes I like a good satchel or hobo style bag for a change. Every woman has different preferences, so I tried to include a variety of styles in each of these three categories: save, spend, or splurge.

SAVE: Neutral Everyday Bags Under $100

These bags are all faux leather, but they should last you at least a season, and I think most of these look more expensive than they really are. All are under $100, and some are even under $50. Booyah! (Does anyone say that anymore?🤔)

SPEND: Neutral Everyday Bags Under $500

I’m assuming this is probably the most popular price range, so I included more here than in the other two sections. These are all genuine leather, and they’re good quality bags that will certainly last you a few years of regular use. Most of these bags go on sale from time to time, so be sure to utilize that Get Sale Alert button, so you get an email when something you want goes on sale!

SPLURGE: Neutral Everyday Bags Over $500

Finally, for those who are into luxury bags, I rounded up some of my favorite splurge-worthy styles that I’m currently crushing on. I know these aren’t for everyone, but I think it’s fun to know what’s out there.

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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