Classic Handbags

Written by Tara Peris
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Every season, a host of new handbags flood the stores vying for our attention. We may give them momentary attention, but it's the classics that always seem to make the boldest statement. Resting quietly on the display perches they have occupied for years, they capture the eye, naturally attracting a second glance. Although you will assuredly want a few contemporary bags, no wardrobe is complete without its staple bags.

Handbag Staples

Every woman needs a good tote. Although it can take many forms, incorporating various sizes and fabrics, the basic design is about utility. These are the bags that will transport the things you really need on a day-to-day basis. Some of them function as travel bags whereas others are elegant everyday purses such as the Hermes Birkin bag. Either way, you can look to these bags to give you some much-needed breathing room.

This is in stark contrast to the clutch purse, an equally important staple item. This ladylike design is perfect for everything from the theater to the bar, with a simple, streamlined design that allows it to be grasped with the hand rather than by a handle. It won't hold much, but it will make a subtle, tasteful statement wherever it goes.

Finally, you'll want to find a suitable option for in between. Hobo bags continue to be popular choices, with their streamlined triangular designs and mid-level size. In addition, saddle and bowling bag styles are always in style because of their distinctive lines and detailing. There are plenty of mid-size handbags that preserve classic lines while adding fun, contemporary twists such as those with alligator skin in rich, luxe colors.

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