Peanut butter and jelly. Chocolate and bananas. Girls and handbags. Some things are just better together.
More than a simple fashion accessory, women use handbags to hold their daily essentials, from lipstick and powder to cellphone charger and iPod. You can never have too many handbags, especially if you have a bag fetish, but maxing out your savings each time you see a handsome carry-all or a glittering clutch bag at some boutique is definitely not a strategy for the smart, fashionable shopper.
If you love bags but don’t have the heart (or the money) to make regular purchases, it’s best to stick to the basics. Nonetheless, basic doesn’t have to mean boring. The key is knowing which purses to pick and which ones you can forego for another day – or another payday. 🙂
Here are the 5 essential handbags every smart girl should have:
1. A leather satchel in any dark color
Leather bags may be a bit on the expensive side, but fine leather can last for years, which reads: long-term savings. You can always go for black leather handbags, but brown, dark blue, and dark gray are also great color choices. You can carry this handbag for the office, during corporate meetings, or even just as a sophisticated everyday carry-all.
2. A white handbag
Personally, I think every girl should have a white handbag. It doesn’t have to be made from leather, although crocodile leather and soft, buttery Italian leather are always great, durable choices. A white canvass handbag can be easily paired with jeans or a flirty summer dress, while a white leather purse is a better fit for more formal affairs.
What’s best about a white handbag is that it doesn’t take much for you to be able to work around it. Headed to the mall? Why not put on a white printed tee, skinny jeans, a pair of white flip flops, a pair of shades, and sashay out of the house with a cute white handbag on your arm? It surely won’t take more than a smile to achieve that understated, casual-sophisticated look.
3. A black clutch bag/ evening bag
A black clutch bag is a must for parties, short trips to the mall, or when out with your girlfriends to margarita night. You can also pick any color like brown or blue, or to experiment with your taste by picking out clutch bags in brighter shades and exciting prints. Wrist bags are variations of clutch bags, so if you don’t feel like holding on to your clutch bag for long hours, the wrist bags will leave both your hands free for virtually anything.
4. A bright colored handbag
To break the monotony, it’s also a good idea for you to own a handbag that speaks volumes. A bright colored handbag, whether in yummy yellow, pink, or green shades, will surely turn heads and transform your getup from blah to unforgettable. You can also pick handbags with interesting prints, like the Prada satchel above. I personally love wearing my yellow crocodile leather hand bag during the summers, pairing it with my favorite slip-ons or sexy thong sandals.
5. An overnight bag/traveling purse
A traveling handbag is most essential, especially if you’re set to go on out-of-town trips or even on simple overnight stays at a friend’s house. Space and compartments are important for any traveling carry all, so make sure you choose a hand bag spacious enough for your day and night essentials, cell phone and other gadgets, plus a change of underwear and a few clothing items. A well-compartmentalized bag will allow you to store all your belongings in an organized way, so go for bags with extra inner pockets and zippered wall pockets.
So there you have it, the five essential handbags every smart and fashionable girl should have. Of course, you can always add a purse or two to your collection, and treat yourself to a new purchase every now and then. Any girl can never have too many handbags, but remember that a smart shopper always knows a good choice each and every time!