5 Types of Bags Women Should Have Now (And Forever)

From designer totes to clutches and crossbodies, a bag’s beauty combined with its functionality makes it a must-have fashion accessory. However, with so many different styles and brands to choose from, how do you know which designer bags for women are worth buying?

Ladies, here are the best types of bags to have in your wardrobe.

The Tote

Capable of carrying almost your entire life into one chic and convenient bag, the tote is a worthy investment for women from all walks of life. Just remember to consider your height and size when shopping for a tote to avoid looking like it’s wearing you instead of the other way around. These carry-all bags are available in a wide range of sizes, so rest assured that there’s a perfect match for interested buyers, regardless of their body proportions.

Some all-time favorite totes include Louis Vuitton’s Neverfull, Hermès’ Birkin, Stella McCartney’s Falabella, YSL’s Manhattan, and Fendi’s Runaway.

The Shoulder Bag

For those who consider a tote too big and a crossbody bag too small, shoulder bags can hit the sweet in-between spot. These easy-to-carry bags are designed to effortlessly hang across the wearer’s shoulder. Designer brands offer shoulder bags in a variety of styles; including slouchy for casual days, and structured for elegant soirées. Like all bags and purses, these are available in leather, velvet, canvas, and a myriad of other high-quality materials.

Some of the most in-trend shoulder bags in the world include Burberry’s TB and Chanel’s 2.55, also known as “The Original Chanel Shoulder Bag.” YSL’s cult Loulou and Niki designs are other classic favorites under this category.

The Top-Handle Bag

Currently the “it-bag” of the fashion scene, the structured design of top-handle bags make them look ever-so chic and elegant. However, if the thought of carrying a bag entirely by hand sounds too impractical and exhausting, don’t worry: many designer top-handle bags include detachable shoulder straps.

Chanel’s Coco Handle reigns supreme when it comes to top-handle bags. The luxury fashion house manufactures the now-iconic bag in different sizes, colors, and materials.

The Crossbody

A stylish companion while strolling through the mall or going to the office, the oh-so versatile crossbody has become everyone’s go-to bag due to its hands-free appeal and ability to blend in regardless if an event is casual or formal. This fashion accessory is generally more petite in size compared to a tote or shoulder bag. Therefore, it is ideal for carrying the bare essentials, which may include the wearer’s house and car keys, smartphone, and wallet.

Depending on the size, some of the bags mentioned in this writing, including Burberry’s TB and Hermès’ Birkin, can also serve as a crossbody bag. Chloe’s Drew, Bottega Veneta’s Baby Olimpia, and Gucci’s Dionysus GG Supreme are other popular designer crossbody options. 

The Clutch

Ladies, the clutch should be a must-have in your collection. This elegant accessory is essential for formal events, especially during weddings (or red carpet events). Choose a neutral hue that will complement most of your cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and pantsuits. One strong contender — if not the strongest — in this category include the whimsical creations of Judith Leiber.

Instead of letting the countless shopping options overwhelm you, we hope that reading this breakdown of the types of bags every woman should own makes the deciding process easier for you. Start shopping for designer bags now.

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