Fashionistas know that a nice signature bag can make any regular outfit look more fashionable. While most of us can’t afford to have a whole closet full of designer bags, it’s nice to have one or two pieces to help accessorize our outfits. The key is to choose a design that will work with all types of outfits and will never go out of style.
Here are a few must-have handbags that will always be fashionable.
1. Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
The Speedy is a Louis Vuitton classic that looks great whether you’re wearing jeans and a T-shirt or a more formal attire. Its golden color metallic pieces, rounded handles and trimming in natural cowhide leather makes for an elegant hand carry for women of all ages.
This iconic design has a chic Monogram canvas and simple lines. It’s such a classic that it has inspired a whole family of Speedy bags in various styles and colors, such as the Speedy Bandouliere 30 and the Monogram Multicolore.
Its size and shape is perfect for women who prefer to carry a lot in their bags. If you must have only one Louis Vuitton bag, this is the one to buy.
2. Cartier Chain Tote
Cartier may be more famous for their bling but their Chain Tote has also become a timeless piece. It’s elegant and feminine, made of varnished calfskin with palladium metal hardware.
Available in black or red, this bag has a flap closure at the front with a “Cartier”-engraved turning clasp in palladium-finish metal. The chain can be worn long or short too depending on whether you prefer hand or shoulder carry.
It’s big enough to store one’s work essentials but is a lot more stylish that the usual work tote. It’s a great piece to spice up a professional work attire.
3. Hermes Kelly Bag
The Kelly bag is Hermes’ best-selling bag of all time and is one of the most expensive designer bags available. Originally a saddle bag, this handmade bag has evolved into a status symbol when it was given to Grace Kelly of Monaco in 1954. Although similar to Hermes’ other iconic bag, the Birkin, this Kelly bag has a firmer rectangular shape that doesn’t slouch.
Ladies who are lucky enough to own this coveted Hermes creation are the envy of many. It’s one of the most stylish and sophisticated bags in the market, one that you’d like to carry around to a fancy event rather than on a day out with friends.
4. Michael Kors Jet Set Top-Zip Saffiano Leather Tote
Looking for the ultimate travel accomplice? Michael Kors’ Jet Set Large Top Zip Saffiano Leather Tote is the perfect choice for jet-setters who have places to go and people to see.
Crafted with a distinctive and durable matte Saffiano leather, this Michael Kors creation has multiple pockets to keep you organized and look chic but understated too. Aside from the two exterior side pockets, it also features and interior zip pocket, interior cellphone pocket, three interior pouch pockets and a key fob.
Not traveling somewhere? This Michael Kors tote is also the perfect work bag. It looks professional and is roomy enough to store your work documents.
5. Coach Basic Bag
Coach bags are not expensive as the other designer bags, but it is definitely one of the most popular brands. They have many classic bags in their lineup, and one of those is the Coach Basic Bag, created back in 1974.
Available in black, mahogany and British tan, this timeless Coach piece boasts of a beautifully smooth glove tanned leather. Plus it has a 44″ detachable strap that you can adjust according to your comfort level.
Its simple design goes well with most outfits. It’s so versatile that you can bring it anywhere. Bring this bag on a date, a fun night out with the girls or even just out on errands.
6. Gucci Jackie Bag
This bag was created for its namesake Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the late 1950s and has since then become a classic staple. The design depicts Jackie’s beauty and sophistication. Although Gucci’s Jackie bag was slightly redesigned and relaunched in 1999, both old and new designs are still available to this day.
The new Jackie bag showcases a contemporary flair that is still instantly recognizable. Made with leather and light fine gold hardware, it has both a single adjustable strap with an 8″ drop and a detachable shoulder strap with 18″ drop.
When you’re off to a classy event or just want to dress to impress, this is one Gucci handbag you’d want hanging on your shoulder.
7. Jimmy Choo Chandra Clutch
Jimmy Choo may be more popular for their line of shoes, but they have an impressive selection of accessories as well. If you’re looking for an evening bag, this Jimmy Choo Chandra clutch is the perfect choice.
Available in either Shimmer Suede or Metallic Cracked Leather, this folded clutch bag features its own gold jewelry. It has a multiple chain clasp that opens to reveal a spacious compartment with one internal pocket, big enough to store your party essentials.
With its beaded accents and metallic gold material, everything about it screams elegance. It’s definitely the perfect must-have to complete an evening look.
8. Burberry Orchard Bag
Burberry’s Orchard bag quickly became their fastest selling handbag since its release in 2012. It’s available in a variety of sizes and configurations, such as medium embossed leather, medium leather, small check and small leather.
The idea was inspired by vintage Burberry luggage with details such as the oversized zips and luggage tags as well as the distinctive hexagonal shape. This luxurious piece is made of hand cut leather with hand stitched pieces by expert Italian craftsmen.
It’s cute and quirky design is perfect if you want to stand out from the crowd.
9. Paul Smith Bowling Bag
This Paul Smith classic is one of the best-selling styles in their collection. Crafted in Italy from luxurious 100% grained leather, you can take this out for both work and play.
Crafted in Spain, this Paul Smith bag is made with Italian calf leather with a soft touch and handle. It has a wide, removable leather shoulder strap, a slip pocket at each end of the bag and a removable interior leather pouch with sky blue slip pockets.
It has a simple design that is roomy enough to easily fit your essentials but it’s definitely not boring. The black variant is a classic but it is also available in fun prints that will no doubt make people take notice.
10. Prada Saffiano Luxe Tote
This Prada classic features two handles and gold hardware and is made with saffiano leather, a treated leather embossed with a cross hatch pattern that increases durability, scratch and water resistance. It’s luxury at its finest.
This bag features double top handles, magnetic clip closure, Saffiano leather triangle logo with metal lettering, one inside zip pocket and one open pocket, and protective metal feet.
Spotted among popular celebrities like Rihanna, this bag comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs. Whether you bring this Prada bag to the office or to a meeting, everyone will undoubtedly become green with envy.
There are many designer handbags for women to choose from. However, for women on a budget, you might want to choose those that will be flexible enough to go with a lot of your outfits and at the same time will never look out of style. This list of classic pieces will already go a long way into making you look like a fashionista every time.
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