The clothes don’t make a woman, but the right handbag sure can. Transforming classic into bohemian or simply polishing off a fabulous evening ensemble, handbags are the icing on the cake to achieve sweet style.
What should a power woman look for in the quintessential handbag? The two top vote-getters: practicality, price and the wow factor!
1. Tinley Road Maya, $95
Investing in a well-crafted tote will pay off in the long run. Totes are multipurpose — from work to running errands, shopping therapy trips, and even job interviews. By choosing a color or style that is classic and versatile this handbag can be your go-to for all occasions.
An evening clutch may not be your everyday handbag but it’s an indispensable accessory. If your wardrobe consists of mostly clean lines and minimal detailing, experiment with a printed or jeweled minaudiere. If wild frocks and over-the-top garments fill your closet, snap up a basic clutch in any neutral. Again, never limited yourself to just one clutch, but for starters stick with this rule of thumb.
3. Melie Bianco Alyssa, $99
The leather satchel is my all time favorite bag: Leather (or faux leather) handbags add that instant cool factor to any outfit. No matter if you opt for a style that is preppy, rocker, sporty, uber-feminine — a satchel adds effortless flare that can either complement or juxtapose your look.
4. Danielle Nicole Celeste Crossbody, $53.99
The crossbody has been in for several seasons now and seems to have staying power. This hands-free style is perfect for weekends.
5. Vince Camuto Janet Drawstring, $178
Invest in a wild card bag. Every woman needs that unexpected, impractical bag to spice up her style! Be it a dainty velvet boxy bag, a ‘70s fringe satchel, or a bold bright shoulder bag, a statement bag can take your style to the next level.
– Elise Ford
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