Your Handbag Profile: Which Style Are You?

It goes with you everywhere: errands, outings, meetings, appointments. You put everything you’ve got into it. If you were to lose it you would be, well, screwed.

A gal’s relationship with her handbag is a pretty dependent one. And finding the bag that’s right for you leads to a future of well-cordinated organization, i.e., bliss. To aid in your annual accessories update, we’ve selected some of the best new purses for several personalities. Find the one below that you most identify with, then follow our suggestions to discover your handbag mate.

MARC JACOBS Gotham City saddle bag

Clare V. Agnes patchwork backpack


An early-adopter, trendsetter, influencer, you proudly wore athleisure when it was just your workout gear. For gals that are always ahead of the fashion curve, we’re loving this MARC BY MARC JACOBS Gotham City bag (above) with its color-striped strap and contrasting grained leather. Its utilitarian influences add an unexpected but immensely wearable element.

Clare V. makes vibrant, glossy leather handbags and totes for the girl who wants to stand out from the crowd. Backpacks are back on the shoulders of the in-crowd, and this patchwork number (pictured) from the Californian company is uniquely playful. Also worth checking out: metallic leather fanny packs, stripy clutches and paint-splatter wallets.

Rebecca Minkoff Vanity saddle bag


Vince Camuto handbagsIf you dig a down-to-earth disposition and casual comforts, a tawny bag will suit your laid-back style. Luscious leather on a crossbody is both elegant and everyday appropriate. You’ll want to sling it over your shoulder on your way to the office or to brunch. Rebecca Minkoff’s Vanity saddle bag (above) is the type of pretty purse that wears for years to come. Its classic equestrian shape sets it apart from its boxy counterparts but isn’t off-putting or bulky.

Other styles that will stick by your side are the Vince Camuto Linny and Nella crossbody bags (pictured). Their soft shapes, shades and leathers make them immensely portable and an ever-reliable option. These bucket-style bags look especially luxe with the addition of chevron stitching and tassel charms. Subtle but stylish, this bag goes with the girl who is quietly arresting.

kate spade new york Emerson bag

Tory Burch Jessica satchel PRETTY FEMME

A classic purse can elevate even a tee and jeans. Plus, it’s a very solid investment if you think of the amount of time you’ll carry it. For women who enjoy looking and acting the part of a gentlewoman, kate spade new york’s Emerson Lane – Ryley handbag (above) has all the elegant and clean lines without any fussiness. And a white leather handbag is the ultimate statement in tidy propriety.

But if white is a scary color option—and we truly understand the scourge of coffee stains—then a chic satchel with both a handle and a graceful strap may be just what you need to get a grip. Tory Burch’s Jessica satchel has all the enduring qualities of a traditional everyday handbag but with modern hardware and sharp lines. It will be your go-to carryall for decades to come. What could be more refined than that?

Elliot Lucca Bali 89 convertible saddle baghandbags_MK_201601WORLDLY WOMAN

Professional women and jet-setters need bags that go the distance—and can carry an inordinate amount of essentials efficiently. Slide your notepad and pens, toiletries, maybe some snacks into a sleek tote and go at a moment’s notice without a worry.

Elliott Lucca’s Bali 89 convertible bag, with its woven front and magnetic closure, is just the thing a working lady needs to stay organized and stylish. Carry the bag as a crossbody or over the shoulder. Its interior zipped pockets and smartphone holders ensure you know where your belongings are right when you need them.

But if you want something smaller, MICHAEL Michael Kors Greenwich bucket bags offer thoughtfully placed pockets in a more compact design—important if you’ll also be lugging a carry-on or a computer bag. Slip it on over your shoulder for the day or the night. Now that’s world class.

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