Best Bet: Jolie Frame Bag

For nights when you’re ready to give your overburdened shoulders a rest, this small frame bag by Cynthia Rowley is a sharp alternative to cross-body styles. The quilted leather feels classically luxe, and the red hue gives black-dominated city wardrobes a welcome dash of color. The leather is offset by a minimal gold clasp and hardware, thankfully free of  showy embellishment. It’s large enough to hold your phone, camera, and small essentials without weighing you down.

Jolie small frame bag, $125 (originally $180) at Cynthia Rowley or online.