From the inherited classic to the quirky statement purse, these are the handbag essentials every woman should have in her wardrobe.
THE PRACTICAL CROSSBODY BAG
Soho Leather Disco Bag, $980, Gucci
A bag in a neutral color that is big enough to hold all of your essentials but small enough to wear crossbody.
A CASUAL WEEKEND BAG
Bucket Bag, $595, Mansur Gavriel
A bucket bag that can be worn with jeans and sneakers.
THE INVESTMENT PIECE
Hermés Birkin Bag, $14,999, 1stDibs
Pick a classic bag that can also be a literal investment—Birkins have outpaced both the S&P; 500 and the price of gold.
A QUIRKY STATEMENT BAG
Mark Cross Grace Shoulder Bag, $2,395, Net-a-Porter
Look for a purse with whimsical stripes, flowers, or embroidery.
THE EVERYDAY TOTE
Neverfull MM Tote, $1,260, Louis Vuitton
A tote that can hold everything you need for a day at the office, and is sturdy enough to withstand your daily commute.
A COLORFUL PURSE
Metallic Edge City Bag, $1,429, Balenciaga
A handbag in a shade that is bright enough to add a pop of personality to any outfit.
THE FANCY EVENING CLUTCH
Nancy Gonzelez Metallic Python Clutch, $1,650, Bergdorf Goodman
A python, metallic, or rhinestone clutch that is neutral enough to match with any of your evening dresses.
A BREEZY SUMMER BAG
Ark Bag, $100, Cult Gaia
A straw tote or structured wood bag can work for the beach, the pool, or a warm day in the city.
AN HEIRLOOM BAG
Vintage Chanel Classic Jumbo Single Flap Bag, $2,900, The Real Real
A vintage handbag in a classic silhouette preferably passed down from your mother or grandmother.
THE DAYTIME TO NIGHTTIME CLUTCH
Clare V. Calf Hair Leopard Print Foldover Clutch, $275, Nordstrom