We’re all familiar with the notion that accessories can make or break a look. And your choice in handbags is one of the key considerations. Handbags play an important aesthetic role in that they’re the finishing touch that pulls your whole look together – the cherry on top of your fashion sundae, if you will. But they also serve an obvious practical function too. A handbag can act as an extension of ourselves, not only storing our essentials, but for some of us, our entire lives! To help you avoid a cluttered cupboard full of bags you never use, or on the flipside, not being prepared with one that is both functional and occasion-appropriate, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 handbag styles every women should own.
Keep scrolling to see the list that will streamline your wardrobe and ensure you are event-ready, PLUS our edit of the best pieces to shop now.
1. the LARGE SHOPPER
Style Notes: A classic, oversized tote in a neutral colour will be your everyday go-to bag. From work documents, to children’s snacks and an emergency make-up stash, a large shopper will ensure you have the space to carry it all! Black might be the obvious choice for many, but take a look at the colours you wear most frequently – camel or a metallic can be just as versatile.
2. the MEDIUM STRUCTURED TOTE
Style Notes: A medium-sized handbag with top-handles and a structured silhouette adds a polished, ladylike feel. Perfect for the office or smart-casual occasions where you need to carry more than just the basics. We love the look in blush, pale grey or taupe.
3. the CROSS BODY BAG
Style Notes: Whether you’re heading to a festival or need both hands free to attend to your little one’s, few styles are as useful as the cross-body bag. A chain-link version is perfect if you want an elevated option that can be used for date nights. Otherwise a simple, timeless variety in tan or camel leather can be used for years.
4. the PARTY CLUTCH
Style Notes: Weddings, holiday parties and glamorous affairs all call for a statement clutch. Small enough that it doesn’t detract from your outfit, it’s also just big enough to store your absolute essentials. Black and metallics (choose the colour that goes with your jewellery) are always good bets.
5. the BEACH ACCESSORY
Style Notes: Whether you live at the coast or can’t wait for the next pool party, we all need that casual, summery bag to store our towels, sunblock and even a good read.