6 Chic Bags Every New Yorker Should Own

Here’s what you’re doing today: going to the gym, grabbing coffee with a coworker, meeting your boss for lunch, having drinks with your best friend and making a last-minute schlep to Trader Joe’s. 

Here’s what you’re not doing today: going home to switch bags.

The great news is you need only six bags in your rotation to get you through any occasion the city throws your way--and you can nab them at any price point. Let’s go shopping.

The Ready-for-anything Bag

You’re running all over the city--from a yoga class to dinner at Feast--before collapsing into bed. Opt for a satchel that fits right in, like a super-stylish chameleon. 

Get the look: Mulberry ($1,990); Marc by Marc Jacobs ($398); Mango ($70)

The Minimalist Bag

Did you know that you don’t have to carry around an umbrella, a water bottle, three lip glosses and those last four issues of The New Yorker at all times? Stick to the essentials--your shoulder will thank you.

Get the look: Alexander Wang ($645); Chiyome ($325); Silence + Noise ($30)

The Fancy-schmancy Bag

You’re going to dinner at Per Se, where your handbag gets its own little stool. Sorry, but that Gap purse from five years ago just isn’t gonna cut it. You need a classy clutch you can grab in a pinch. 

Get the look: Saint Laurent ($1,150); Etienne Aigner ($110); Monsoon ($68)

The Grown-up Backpack

Remember that old Jansport you used to lug around in middle school? Here’s a dressed-up version you can take to brunch and beyond--trust us, it'll earn you major cool points.

Get the look: Rag & Bone ($595); Barneys New York ($149); Topshop ($58)

The "i Wanna Dance With Somebody" Bag

One of the toughest things about NYC is trying to dance at a place that doesn’t have a coat check. Ditch the clutch for a small, minimalist shoulder bag so you can show off your moves without getting your wallet stolen.

Get the look: Chloé ($1,850); Rag & Bone ($595); Michael Kors ($198)

What We Are Wearing

The Weekend Schlep Bag

When you’re heading out to the North Fork on the LIRR for the weekend, it’s neither the time nor the place for a big-ass suitcase. The solution is one of these babies--it’s fashionable, versatile and can hold a ton of cozy sweaters.

Get the look: Frank Clegg ($965); Madewell ($298); Sole Society ($70)