Best Bet: Bixby Bag

Mini cross-body bags are having a moment, but some days you still need a little room to schlep. Kate Spade's Bixby bag is a simple, refreshingly unadorned shoulder bag that can pair with the bulk of your wardrobe. It's made of black matte goat leather, with a boxy wood frame and snap closure. The minimal stitching shows off the leather and shape, while the wood accent provides a natural contrast.

Bixby bag, $247 (originally $495) at Kate Spade or online.