I am super, super-picky about handbags. I like as little hardware as possible and nice, clean shapes, and I can’t bear them when they’re too small. At the same time, I don’t like feeling as though I’m lugging around a feedbag. And usually, when I try to do a post like this, I don’t find too many desirable options, but this time around, I located plenty, starting with this double-handled zipper tote, which is big enough to fit your entire life, but at the same time isn’t too much.
I always like canvas and leather together, and also think the shape of this bucket bag is really good.
This is not the first time I’ve written about Clare V’s Gosee clutch (I don’t know why they call it a clutch) because I think it is a miraculous bag, which can fit a lot more than it looks like it can.
I don’t need a new bag right now, but I’m having a tough time resisting this Longchamp number, which manages to be both slouchy and elegant at the same time.
The contrasting strap on this bag from Rag & Bone appeals.
This sort of resembles a classic Chloe bag, but is much cheaper.
Here is one that’s on the smaller side compared to many I’ve included here, but is big enough to carry the essentials.
I’m a big fan of Jerome Dreyfuss bags (though they’re pricey, so I pick them up on the Real Real), but if you’re looking to make an investment, you could do a lot worse than this (fun fact: all Jerome Dreyfuss bags come with mini-flashlights, so you never have to rummage around looking for your keys or whatever again).
Here’s a lightweight nylon tote that’d be great for travel.
The size of this drawstring tote from Madewell is just about perfect.
The exterior pockets on this nylon crossbody bag are handy, and lend a utilitarian feel. It’s also pretty well-priced.
I know I said I don’t go in for hardware, but I do like it on this bag.
This leather crossbody bag has kind of a tough girl vibe that appeals.
Here’s a rather spendy Isabel Marant bag in an unexpected—but satisfyingly neutral—color.
Another Longchamp bag that I think is rather excellently sophisticated. The latch fastening is a nice detail too.
From Allsaints: a cool hobo bag that comes in black and army green too, though I’m partial to the grey.