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Handbag Buying Guide

If fashion accessories were to be placed on a scale of importance, no item would rank higher than your purse- it is the ultimate expression of your mood, your style and your maintenance level (depending on how many items you must carry with you in order to survive the day). Your bag can take your look from 5th Avenue chic to Laguna Beach babe all with a switch of the wrist but no aspect about a bag is more important than making it your own. With a site-wide selection of over 550 brands from top designers like Michael Kors, kate spade new york, and Vera Bradley and thousands of styles to choose from, we know it can be a bit overwhelming to find a handbag that is right for you.


In order to help you find that perfect bag, we have expertly defined every bag type ranging from crossbodys to clutches and have catalogued all of the most important features to help you find stylish options for every occasion. Happy shopping!

Totes

Tote Bag

Totes are almost always large, open-top bags with a rectangular or square framed handle. Totes work well as airplane carry-ons and are ideal for those that need a bag to carry all of their must-haves, including a laptop or tablet!

Crossbodys

Crossbody Bag

Crossbody bags are exactly what the name implies, bags that are meant to be worn across your body. The straps are sometimes leather or chain-link and generally are made in small to medium sizes. They are essentially the best hands-free bag you could ever find and are great for nights on the town, trips to the zoo and sightseeing!

Hobos

Hobo Bag

From day to night, hobo bags offer the style and storage perfect for those that are always on the go! They can be worn on the shoulder, or held in your hand. They are typically made of soft leathers, suede, or microfiber blends and are a very popular choice for those that favor embellished/printed design bags.

Satchels

Satchel Handbag

This more structured silhouette typically features two short handles and a flat bottom. This handbag is great for carrying your day-to-day necessities while adding the perfect fashion piece to your outfit. They are great hand-held purses that can easily rest in the crook of your arm. This is the silhouette you want to complete your lady-like look.

Backpack Handbags

Backpack Handbag

Backpack handbags are fashionable bags worn over the shoulders like a backpack. They range in size from mini bags to larger packs, but they all rest on your back via one or two shoulder straps. These bags continue to be a popular choice for everyday and for travel because they offer great organization, but keep your hands free. With a large main compartment and multiple interior and sometimes exterior pockets, there's literally a place for all your necessities in a backpack purse whether you're out running errands or sightseeing.

Shoulder Bags

Shoulder Bag

Shoulder bags can be worn on the shoulder and act as a utility bag in that they offer easy access to the items you need to use the most like your phone, tablet, and e-reader. Shoulder bags usually offer adjustability and great organizational features. A popular silhouette of a shoulder bag is the slouchy hobo. The shoulder bag is a very versatile silhouette that most everyone will love.

Clutches

Clutch Handbag

Clutches, as the name implies, are bags that you clutch in your hand or hold onto under your armpit. They are most fashionable when paired with bold colors and typically are fastened by a magnetic button or inside clasp. These bags are notorious for carrying the bare essentials- a cellphone, cards and cash.

Evening Bags

Evening Bag

Also known as cocktail party bags, evening bags complement party and formal attire in a sleek but festive way. Typically accompanied by a chain strap they often come in a box like silhouette called a Minaudiere, allowing for just enough room for lipstick, a cellphone and your credit cards- what else could a girl need anyway!

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