Clockwise from Upper Left, Aldo Anakardo Satchel ($55) // River Island Zip Bottom Slouch ($63) // Bungalow 20 Clutch ($48) // Aldo Halifax Satchel ($50) // Kate Landry Frame Clutch ($70) // Paul’s Boutique Maisy Satchel ($123) // Street Level Reversible Tote ($48)
I subscribe to the idea that a woman needs three bags: a satchel, a clutch, and a tote. One should be black, one should be gray or brown, and one should be a color or metallic. If you have those, you’re covered. These seven bags encompass the basics and add a few more choices in for good measure.
Satchels. The grouping features three satchels, two from Aldo (upper left, bottom right) and one colored satchel from ASOS.
The cognac satchel is a strong shape with two interior pockets. It’s essentially a knock-off of the Michael Kors Sutton satchel ($328), which is a knock-off of the Prada Saffiano Satchel ($2,580). The black satchel has an equally versatile shape, and also comes in cognac or ivory. If you have a bit more to spend, I think this Ralph Lauren dome satchel looks more expensive than its $248 price tag.
As for the colored satchel, I love a bright bag to offer a little something extra. Red is my first choice color; this Kate Landry Satchel is a great place to start. This bright neon is another good option. And if you’re looking for something in-between, try this cobalt convertible satchel.
Want just a little color? The trim on this Meg satchel is neon, it really sets off the grey.
Totes and Hobos. For casual wear, I like a nice tote or hobo bag. They’re also nice for work when you need to carry a lot at one time. Navy is a neutral that is growing in popularity. So if you own the black, brown, and grey basics, give navy a try. The reversible tote above is a nice option, and I also like this four zipper tote for something with a bit more interest.
Grey is another solid option. This zip-bottom hobo is a great bridge between casual and work. This Sole Society hobo is another great option; I love the details.
Clutches. There are casual clutches, then there are evening clutches. They’re not very practical, but sometimes, on the weekends, I like to carry a large clutch instead of a tote. The snake-printed clutch above would make a nice every day clutch. I also like this oversize Sole Society Manuela clutch.
As for evening clutches, metallics are the most versatile. This frame clutch is a nice choice. I love the lucite clasp. This pewter and black minaudière from Ivanka Trump is a more modern choice. If you want something uniquely suited for summer, try this cork clutch from INC.
Do you have a bag you couldn’t live without? Leave suggestions and tips in the comments.