9 Bags Every Woman Should Own

The handbags to have, and to hold on to

A bag, if chosen wisely, can last a lifetime.

While our style and needs may evolve, the right investment can save time, money and years of buyer’s remorse. Not to mention that shopping smarter is the key to a more sustainable wardrobe.

But at the end of the day, we love to mix up our looks and have our share of options, so, just like shoes, starting with basic styles is the best way to create the ultimate accessories wardrobe.

While you can easily find these styles at all different price points, there is something to be said about the lasting value of a good quality bag. With sites like TheRealReal and Vestaire Collective pioneering a resurgence in consignment and the re-sell market, designer bags hold worth long after purchasing, and sometimes they even become more valuable over time.

So, if you’re looking to get started on your handbag capsule collection, here are the styles that we would opt for.

The Quilted Bag

Quilted Bag

A trick to discerning an investment from a fling is looking back at styles that still resonate with you today. For many of us, even paired with some truly disturbing outfits from the ’00s, a Chanel quilted bag still stands out as a must-own.

Chanel Quilted Bag

‘Flap Bag’ in Navy Blue, $6,960 at Chanel.

The Carry-All Tote Bag

Carry All Tote Bag

A must for anyone that is never without their essentials. Whether it’s a book you can’t put down, a spare jumper or your keep-cup, these are the bags that you’re always going to be glad you bought. Because of their size, they can sometimes swamp your frame so opt for either a pop of colour or a textured leather.

Carry All Tote Bag

‘Muse Texture Square Tote’, $375.20 at Oroton.

The Mini Bag

Tod's mini bag

A good mini bag has the capacity to see you through a myriad of occasions, offering enough size and space to stash essentials while maintaining a compact frame that won’t overwhelm your ensemble.

Tod's Signature Mini bag

‘Signature Mini Bag’ in yellow (available in multiple colours) by Tod’s, $2,860 at Tod’s.

The Shoulder Bag

Shoulder Bag
Shoulder Bag

‘1995 Horsebit GG Shoulder Bag’ by Gucci, $3,155 at MyTheresa.

Shoulder Bag

Depending on your lifestyle, an evening bag is always a good investment to keep in your closet. Although, with more and more brands blurring the lines between day and evening wear, these styles no longer need to be restricted to special events, meaning more bang for your buck.

Evening bag

‘1969 Nano Small Chain Shoulder Bag’, $737 by Paco Rabanne at Matches.

The Bucket Bag

Bucket bag
Bucket bag
Canvas bag
Saturdays NYC Tote
The Pouch
The Pouch
Crossbody bag
Crossbody bag

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