I love to use handbags to accessorize my outfits, but a lot of women don’t care to fuss with swapping out their bags several times a week and prefer to have one go-to handbag each season. In fact, I often get asked to recommend one handbag that “goes with everything.”
I would have a hard time narrowing down my selection to one because there are times your everyday handbag won’t do, so I propose three handbag styles every woman should own. You may have multiple options or one of each, but you should be able to complete almost any outfit if you have these three types of bag.
3 Essential Bags Every Woman Should Own
Of course this is general advice, so tailor it to your specific needs, but these are the three styles of handbags I think every woman needs. And while mine tend to be higher end labels, there are beautiful bags in every price range that allow you to dress well and create classy outfits, so I rounded up a bunch of different options in the shopping widgets below each section.
#1. Everyday Bag
The most important bag to have is one you can use on a daily basis. That’s generally a tote or some type of shoulder bag, and it needs to be practical because it’s the bag we carry the most. Think about how easy it is to get in and out of, and decide if you want one cavernous hole (that’s what I prefer, lol) or if you want a bag with dividers for organization.
While I love to carry a fun color from time to time, I recommend going with a good neutral like grey, taupe, brown, or beige if you’re only going to carry one main bag throughout the entire season. It can also be black, (and I personally love a black bag!) but black can look heavy and isn’t as versatile as a lighter neutral like beige or taupe. If I only had one bag in this category, it would be taupe or some shade of beige.
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You also want to think about materials. Suede is pretty, but it’s hard to keep clean and shows wear faster than a leather bag. Soft leather scratches faster than the Saffiano leather, but some don’t like the hard surface of Saffiano. A nice pebbled leather is a good compromise, or there are some nice coated canvas out there, and woven bags are nice for summer.
#2. Smaller Crossbody
For those times you want to be hands-free and don’t need a large bag, a smaller crossbody is a great option to have. I personally love a camera style crossbody that I can carry both ways. This is the style bag I carry when I’m going to sporting events, my daughter’s band events, or when I want to go shopping hands-free.
I like to have one that at least carries my phone, wallet, lipstick, and a compact. I don’t recommend going too small with this bag unless you are truly a minimalist and don’t carry much with you.
You can certainly spend a lot on this bag if you want, or you can go a little cheaper on this one. You may not use it as much as your everyday bag, or this may BE your everyday bag. It’s up to you!