Whether you’re a seasoned fashionista or a bright-eyed newbie to the world of haute couture, the process of purchasing a luxury handbag is never easy. Which brand should you choose? And once you’ve decided on a brand, which specific model would make a good choice? And finally, is that particular bag worth the price tag?
If these questions are keeping you from making a clear, decisive choice, then consider the one factor that separates a fashion flash-in-the-pan from a timeless classic: versatility.
Can you carry the bag to a variety of occasions? Is it suitable for both day and night? Would it not only match but also elevate any outfit you wear?
To help you narrow down on your choice, here’s our list of five, must-have versatile handbags for the pragmatic fashionista to carry at every occasion:
- Chanel Classic Flap Bag
Chanel’s Classic Flap Bag is a timeless fashion gem that will never go out of style. It’s got the iconic brand’s signature quilted pattern and double-C logo as its clasp, as well as a chain strap that gives the overall elegant bag a hint of edginess. A-list celebs (from Jennifer Lopez to Jennifer Garner) and fashion bloggers have been seen sporting the Chanel Classic Flap Bag at airports and while shopping or running errands. A must-have staple in every fashionista’s closet, the Flap Bag would even make a great accessory at more formal evening soirees.
2. Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere
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You can hang it on the crook of your arm, carry it by hand or wear it around your shoulder with an attachable strap. Its versatility is only one of the reasons why Louis Vuitton’s Speedy Bandouliere is a popular choice of luxury accessories. Available in a range of sizes (from 20cm to 40 cm in width) and patterns (Louis Vuitton’s signature monogram and checkered Damier Ebene motifs), this practical handbag is spacious and has just the right blend of formal and casual for any occasion.
3. Balenciaga Classic City
Balenciaga’s top-selling Classic City bag is like the rebellious, bohemian relative all families have. It has a bit more flair and free-spirited character, but still looks great at a casual gathering or even the workplace. Plus, the Balenciaga Classic City has plenty of space and pockets to store your daily essentials (wallet, keys, make-up, phone) as well as some non-essentials (tablet, organizer, paperback).
4. Hermès Lindy
A relative newcomer to the ultra luxurious world of Hermès, the Lindy is a refreshingly cute addition to high fashion. Like its more well-known sisters, Kelly and Birkin, the Hermès Lindy is exquisitely handmade from top-quality leather. The model is light-weight and practical, making it the perfect companion for traveling or a casual lunch with friends. However, that highly coveted label itself – Hermès – makes the Lindy a more than suitable choice for more formal gatherings as well.
5. Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote Bag
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Classy and sophisticated, yet practical – what more could you want in a luxury handbag? Prada’s renowned Saffiano Double Zip tote may have that high-class, formal vibe fit for a top-management office or high-society cocktail party, but match this spacious handbag with a pair of jeans and casual-chic top, and you’ll be all set for a casual brunch date.