From butter-soft leather tote bags to sparkling embellished clutch bags, Collecting handbags, when done well, can arguably be considered an art form. In homage to that, here find the 7 bags every woman should have in her closet—get your check list started.
1. CLASSIC DAY BAG IN BLACK
Whether you’re a Chanel girl or Fendi and Vuitton are more your speed, zero in on a bag that has withstood the trends and invest wisely in a noir version. Fendi bag, $2,750, similar styles available at shopBAZAAR.com
2. NEUTRAL TOTE
This is your carry-all. Get one in a color that works with everything and always look put-together because of it. Buy it, $2,250,saksfifthavenue.com.
3. HERITAGE BAG
Ideally, this is given to you from your grandmother or mom—think old school Hermès. Or you can always get on the list for a Birkin or Kelly bag to start the family tradition. Hermès vintage tote, $12,759,matchesfashion.com.
4. JUST FOR FUN
This is the one that makes you smile and feels perfectly you. A bit of boho fringe? Charming plaid? Make it count. Valentino clutch, $3,095,mytheresa.com.
5. THE WEEKENDER
Every girl worth her salt needs a chic oversized bag for a quick get-away. It doesn’t need to be snakeskin—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be. Givenchy bag, $5,590,luisaviaroma.com.
6. METALLIC MINAUDIERE
Those black tie events and weddings are going to pop up, be prepared with an evening bag, like this one from Anya Hindmarch, that wears well with everything. Reece Hudson miniaudiere, $1,395, reecehudson.com.
7. DAY CLUTCH
For when you don’t want the whole tote, but still need to carry your necessities. Victoria Beckham pouch, $995,victoriabeckham.com.