Buying the right clothes you need for every different type of situation you might find yourself in can be daunting enough – add accessories into the mix, and things can get seriously intimidating. This is even true with something as basic as a handbag. If you aren’t super into the style world, you probably have one bag that you use for everything – if you use a bag at all. It’s worn out and not very fancy, but it works for you. If you’re like me, you’re often running from one place to another without time to go home in between and switch up your bags. You don’t want to bother with making sure your essentials migrate and you don’t want to think about what you’re throwing on your arm. But however overwhelming it seems, every girl should have a few different types of bags in her closet that are right for different places. A bag is important because it’s a symbol to the world that you have your life together. Like a fabulous pair of shoes, it can make or break your first impression.
You might look at this list and think, “I could never afford all these!” You definitely don’t have to always buy expensive, name brand purses, though. Target and Urban Outfitters always have a great selection – even Ebay is a treasure trove of amazing bags. Forever 21 sells bags for less than $20, and stores like Francesca’s and American Eagle also offer great selections for inexpensive prices. That said, I have found that the pricier brands do tend to last longer. If you’re buying one of these classic styles, it’s a good idea to invest so you’re not stuck buying another one in five months. You don’t have to, of course, and you certainly shouldn’t feel pressured to spend $300 on a purse just for the brand, but sometimes the extra cash is worth it.
Here are the types of purses every girl who has got it together needs to have in her closet:
Day BagThis is your go-to purse that makes you look put-together and matches everything. It's important to find a size that will fit your everyday needs. If you're a girl who likes to travel with an entire pharmacy, you'll need a bigger bag than the keys/wallet/phone girl. This purse can be a bit trendier! Finn Fringe Suede Crossbody Bag, Tawny Port, $195, Rebecca Minkoff
Mini BagFor the days when you're strolling through a museum or a theme park, a small bag is a must. You won't want to lug around a lot of stuff while you're exploring! It's important not to go too small, though, or you won't be able to get anything in there. (I know from experience.) Make sure you can fit your phone, keys, and cards in your perfect mini purse. Farrah Mini Crossbody Bag, $34, Urban Outfitters
Classic BagThink the Chanel Flap Bag, the Louis Vuitton Speedy, the Hermès Birkin, or the Gucci Jackie. These bags are PRICEY but should go on your "someday" list. They're classics that will never go out of style- once you get your hands on one, you'll have it forever. Hey, a girl can dream! Classic Flap Bag, $5,5000, Chanel
Duffel BagYou're a busy gal with a busy schedule. For those days when you're going straight from the gym to class or work or away for the weekend, it's good to have a duffel bag. This one by Lululemon has straps for your yoga mat, a bag for sweaty clothes or dirty shoes, and a laptop sleeve. What more could you want?! All Day Duffel (Reflective), $168, Lululemon.com
Fancy ClutchYou'll whip this baby out when your wearing dresses to events like weddings, graduations, and fancy parties. (The worst thing you can do is ruin a gorgeous dress with a causal bag!) Find one you love that you can pair with multiple colors and styles of clothing. Leo Saffiano Envelope Clutch Bag, Vintage Pink, $95, Rebecca Minkoff
Sturdy ToteA classic tote bag, while not the sexiest of accessories, is an essential part of your wardrobe. You'll need it on those days when you've got paperwork, lunch, and your workout shoes to shlep around the city. This style is worth the investment because it's likely you'll have this purse for a long time. The Transport Tote, $168, Madewell.com
BackpackPerfect for school, traveling, and making a trip to the coffee shop, a cute backpack is a must-have. Find one that makes you excited to pull out that laptop and get to work! Depending on where you live and what your lifestyle is like, you may want to find a waterproof/larger/smaller style. City Backpack, $50, Shopbop.com
Canvas ToteYou'll bring this to the farmers market or out shopping. You can avoid using plastic or paper bags while still rocking a cute design. Find one with a funny quote or a print that makes you smile. Newspaper Print Canvas Shopping Tote, $24, Kate Spade
Beach BagThis bag can get wet/sandy/sit in the sun and you won't think twice about it! When you look at it, it brings up summertime thoughts. You'll want to have one on hand so you can hit up the pool at a moment's notice. Under One Sky Women's Flip Flop Printed Beach Tote Handbag - Coral, $29.99, Target.com
How many of these types of purses do you already own? Let me know in the comments below!