I recently wrote a blog post about the only three must-have bags you’ll ever need. This new updated post includes a more petite bag, an excellent addition to any wardrobe. These four bags are “the essential” bags to meet all your style needs.
The purse is one of the most functional essential accessories you’ll ever own. They hold all our daily valuables and can help polish off our outfits. Many people change their purses to match their everyday outfits, but I focus on quality, versatility, and affordability as I age. I prefer a few classic bags that can carry you through the seasons rather than a whole closet full of bags. I’m sharing my four must-have bags for every women’s wardrobe.
Large Everyday Tote
This large top-handle bag must hold almost everything from your laptop to books and anything else you need. This bag must be large and practical yet stylish, without a bunch of zippers or buckles. Choose one in neutral-color leather like black or medium to dark brown so that scuffs and stains won’t be noticeable, and you can carry it year-round. This bag is a workhorse, so you must select one that can handle daily use, last a long time, and still be in vogue. My choice is the “Almost Perfect” Leather Tote Bag. It’s sturdy and soft and features English Bridle handles. This bag is made to last and always stays in style. A sizeable everyday tote is a staple that you can’t go without.
Mid-Sized Crossbody Bucket Bag
A mid-sized bucket bag is perfect when you want to be hands-free and don’t need a large tote. Quickly moves from day to night and weekday to weekend, this versatile bag is a must-have. A bag like this carries all the essentials and a little extra, like a book or tablet, which makes it the perfect bag to take on a trip. Ideally, this bag should have a pocket or two to help with organization and an adjustable strap. Again a neutral color such as black or brown will carry you all year round. My favorite mid-sized crossbody is the Butterfly Bucket Bag from Portland Leather. It’s sleek and structured with an adjustable strap and two pockets. It fits my current read, which makes it my new favorite bag.
The Everyday Bag
My choice is the Hawthorne Crossbody Bag from Portland Leather. This bag is smaller than the other bags but slightly larger than a classic clutch. It can carry essentials like your phone, wallet, lipstick, and travel-sized hairspray. It can quickly go from work to happy hour and expresses your style. You can go with a color for this one, but I still like to stick in the tans, browns, and gray color families for versatility. The structure is perfect for everyday use, and the tan color goes with everything.
The Mini or Small Bag
This petite purse caught my eye because of the color options. Sunflower and Deep Water are some of my favorites, but I chose the beautiful Peacock color, which sells quickly! I didn’t need another bag until I saw the Baguette Shoulder Bag. I love this bag so much that I wrote a whole post about it!
Think of a baguette, a little loaf standing only 6″ tall and 10″ wide. The 9.5″ short shoulder strap adds an extra touch for a chic, polished look, and a full outer pocket further enhances the exterior. The bag fits all your essentials for a night on the town or a day spent shopping with the girls. The bag can easily hold your phone, wallet, keys, and other essentials such as lipgloss or mini hand sanitizer. The outside pocket is a perfect place for your sunnies or reading glasses.
“I’m very organized these days, and I keep my life in my handbag, like most women.”