The Only 5 Handbags You Need in Your Life

And nothing more

As much as we love new things, we know deep down that when it comes to our closets (and most things, actually), less really is more. If you buy better stuff, you can totally get away with buying less stuff. In the spirit of keeping your edit tight, here are the only five bags you need in your arsenal. Shop and closet-purge accordingly.

Something Structured To Make You Feel Like A Lady

Think of an elegant top-handle bag as an investment piece. It’s dressed up without being stuffy, and in a neutral color (like gray, navy, black or tan), you can wear it to nearly no end. Plus, it’s got enough room for your everyday essentials (yep, even that pair of emergency ballet flats) without feeling too bulky.

Get the look: Michael Kors ($198); Clare V. ($525); Saint Laurent ($2,890)

A Timeless Crossbody That You'll Wear To Death

Worn long over your shoulder--or, of course, across your body--consider this your off-duty staple. We love it in a rich color with just a hint of embellishment. It’s delicately sized and lets you go hands-free during all those weekend errands and shopping trips.

Get the look: Matt & Nat ($130); Kate Spade ($358); Gucci ($2,700)

A Roomy Tote That You Can Stuff To The Brim

OK, sometimes you need to schlep around what seems like your entire life, and a crossbody or a top-handle just won’t do. Those times, reach for a sizeable shoulder tote that’s minimal in design, so that it looks just as good empty as it does overflowing.

Get the look: Baggu ($160); Whistles ($330); Mumu ($503)

A Fun Pouch You'll Always Be Happy To Pick Up

News flash: Clutches aren’t just for evening anymore. Larger fabric pouches have made their way into daytime, too. Either pare down your daily necessities and be the chicest one at the office, or nestle your pouch in your larger commuter tote in case of any last-minute fancy lunches.

Get the look: Comme des Garçons ($144); Loeffler Randall ($175); Céline ($565)

A Lightweight But Sturdy Weekender

Roomy and pretty don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Weekenders are perfect whether you’re headed out of town for the, um, weekend or you just need a gym bag that doesn’t look embarrassing underneath your desk. Trust: You'll never regret having a multi-pocket duffel lying around.

Get the look: Etsy ($80); Herschel Supply Co. ($85); Everlane ($98)

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Sarah Stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...
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