5 Bags Every Woman Should Own

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Next to shoes, bags are a major accessory category we can’t get enough of. Can you blame us? Their functionality (toting our daily essentials) and an array of styles that can jazz up many an outfit makes it hard to not want to collect them all. However, there are a few key shapes that should occupy every woman’s wardrobe. While we totally encourage experimenting with trendy carryalls, we suggest adding these timeless silhouettes to your wardrobe first. Ahead, five bags every chic woman should own.

Adam Katz Sinding

Must Love Bags

Whether it's a chain-strap version or a crossbody, shoulder bags in smaller, compact shapes are easy to grab before running out the door. The style also transitions seamlessly from day to night.

Veronica Bag

$330

Heirloom

Multi-Functional Leather Crossbody Bag

$70

Zara

A medium-sized, top-handle carryall is a staple for working women—stow away your daily essentials such as electronic devices, notebook, planner and makeup bag with ease. Opt for a leather version with a polished, structured shape that's perfect for the girl on-the-go.

Barcelona Canvas and Leather Tote

$2,165

Loewe

Boxy Top Handle Bag

$80

Charles & Keith

There's nothing like a bulky bag t0 disrupt a sultry nighttime ensemble. Have a chic clutch on standby for evenings when all you need to carry with you is your phone, keys and lipstick. Play with unexpected shapes and interesting textures to further elevate the look.

Athena Clutch

$250

Inge Christopher

Zara Clutch

$100

From St Xavier

A ratty, scratched-up suitcase is never a good look. For quick getaways or business trips, try a sleek, sturdy weekender bag to store all your belongings. Get our packing tips here.

Bedford Crosstown Moss Nubuck Bag

$575

Graf Lantz

Novel Bag

$120

Herschel Supply Co.

When you need something larger than a satchel, a tote is an failsafe option roomy enough to store all manner of items (e.g. gym clothes, laptop, snacks, etc.) Choose a colored leather style for a sleek result.

Faux-Leather Shopper Bag

$40

Mango

Tie Leather Tote

$495

Kara