Best Bet: Elegant Angles Bag

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Though well-edited overall, Anthropologie’s accessories department occasionally goes overboard with ruffles and fringe. Not so with this classic shoulder bag, which forgoes embellishments and showy logos in favor of a simple, squared silhouette. The contrasting black and tan leather will darken with time for a richer, worn-in patina. It’s large enough to stow work papers, books, and magazines for your morning commute, but not so oversize that you'll need to swap it out for happy hour.

Elegant Angles bag, $198 at Anthropologie or online.