“It” bags come and go every season, so what makes a worthwhile investment? The bag you choose to devote a sizable chunk of your paycheck to doesn’t necessarily have to be sensible (i.e. plain and black), but it does have to be timeless. If you’re shelling out hundreds of dollars for a handbag, you better love it for years to come.
In a sea of Instagram-worthy bucket bags, practical totes, and pretty-but-tiny clutches, it can be hard to decide what’s worth splurging on for the long haul. So which styles check the “trendy” and “smart” boxes? Scroll down below to see 13 styles that justify eating ramen noodles for a week.
Proenza Schouler Bucket Bag
Proenza Schouler’s bucket bag is everything you want in an investment carryall: There’s enough space to use it every day, it has a fairly neutral color scheme that complements a multitude of outfits, and yet the pattern doesn’t feel basic.
Gucci Marmont Tote Bag
What’s not to love about this Gucci bag? It has the classic double-G monogram we’ve come to love, and the soft-structure shape makes it super roomy. Moreover, the leather chevron adds a quirky touch to an otherwise standard black-and-white palette.
Louis Vuitton Steamer Bag
This is the definition of a practical and stylish workbag. The structured, ladylike shape has plenty of pockets (practical), while the all the fun patches make it slightly less serious (stylish).
Altuzarra Saddle Bag
Altuzarra’s Ghianda bag comes in a rainbow of colors (who can resist this red?) and the signature braided-and-knotted trim adds a textured appeal to any look. While the bag shape and leather look polished, the braid adds a cool, bohemian vibe.
Alexander Wang Studded Bucket Bag
There really isn’t any purse as trendy right now as Alexander Wang’s Roxy studded bucket bag. Yes, it’s tiny — but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in cool. Besides, do you really need more than a wallet, phone, and lipstick when you go out?
Burberry Bridle Bag
The combination of the classic Burberry Haymarket check and double compartments for storage make for an “It” bag that isn’t too in-your-face. An embroidered-felt shoulder strap is the icing on the cake.
Loewe Knot Bag
There’s something about Loewe’s mini-knot bag that feels really fresh for fall: It’s so chic in its simplicity, but the evergreen color is undeniably intriguing. If any logo-less bag is going to grab your attention, this is the one.
Veda Half Moon Bag
You’d be hard-pressed to find another brand making cool-girl bags for under $1,000. Blogger-favorite Veda’s half-moon bag has an unexpected crescent shape, a sleek croc pattern, and modern metal rings that gives it its own personality. Your sweater and jeans are about to look a whole lot more interesting.
Brother Vellies Palma Bag
Brother Vellies being one of the most talked-about accessories brands out there, and the brand’s bags live up to the hype. This dark-brown leather purse with purple shearling speaks to the mini-bag trend but has its own bohemian spin. This is a safe but interesting deviation from the standard crossbody.
Loewe Joyce Bag
If ever there was a brand to buy two accessories from, Loewe is it (hence, the label appears twice on this list). This Joyce bag is both sleek and cool with its round silhouette and jewelry-inspired hardware. A chunky metallic shoulder chain allows you to wear it over-the-shoulder or as a straight top-handle bag.
Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Bag
With its structured shape and one-of-a-kind crocodile embossed leather, this Saint Laurent bag just makes you feel important.
J.W. Anderson Pierce Bag
I have loved this bag every single day from the moment I purchased it. I asked friends for their advice because I don’t like to buy things that are too “of the moment” and though their opinion was divided, I decided that I liked this bag not because everyone had it, but because I genuinely loved the navy color, the edgy pierce gold hardware, and it has a lot more room than I originally thought. It’s the best thought-out purchase I’ve made this year.
Graf Lantz Hobo Bag
A drop of color can do wonders for the wardrobe. Case in point: this lilac Graf Lantz bag. In ordinary black or brown it would look just like every other bag out there, but the bright color and suede texture changes everything. The slouchy silhouette also makes it pretty versatile.
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