For any wardrobe, I would highly recommend a classic, color-neutral bag that is easy to grab and go because it goes with a multitude of colors, outfits, and occasions. For me, I have two bags I use on the regular, and I switch between the two depending on where I am going and what I will be doing.
My first go to bag is my Longchamp Le Pliage large tote bag, pictured above with my Kate Spade wallet (gift) and Chanel compact (also a gift.) While this bag was a birthday present, you can click here to see the retail price. Currently on summer sale! Because the bag is black with accents of brown, it literally can match any color combination. This bag goes everywhere from grocery stores to shopping trips and lunch dates. It is very lightweight (and also water proof!), so it is easy to swing on my elbow or shoulder and carry for a long amount of time. While these bags are not too often seen in the United States, they are staples through out Europe, as the brand is French. You can find them in a Longchamp store (however there are not many in the States), Nordstrom, or Bloomingdales.
You guys have definitely seen this bag before! (Here and here) With or without the scarf, this gorgeous Gucci bag upgrades any outfit, and is neutral enough to go with most color schemes while adding a pop of color with the red and green details. While I was lucky enough to receive this bag as a hand-me-down, similar bags (ranging between $1000-$2000) can be found here and here. The bag is incredibly deep, more like a tote, so it can pretty much hold everything except the kitchen sink. The top handles make it a little bit less comfortable to carry around (I either hold them in my hands or have them on my elbow), so I generally reserve this bag for more special occasions (date night, Beverly Hills, you get the idea.)
In the future, my dreams are too add a Chanel flap bag (like this) and maybe even one day an Hermes Birkin bag (here) to my collection. While these bags new are gorgeous (and expensive!) lightly used, secondhand options are over half the price! (Examples here and here from TheRealReal) Currently, I'm on the hunt for a Louis Vuitton cross body. Super classic and easy to carry (no hands necessary!) No worries, that fancy find will be up the moment I score!
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