HANDBAGS have a magical power to transform your look from basic to boujee – they are the accessory that every woman loves to need.
Handbags date all the way back to the 16th century. And throughout history, fashion has given us a range of iconic styles, from exclusive Birkin totes to Louis Vuitton’s timelessly classic monogram collections.
They’ve grown to become a staple womenswear accessory.
They’re like a second limb, helpfully carrying your personal items – emergency chocolate? Umbrella? A bible? Whatever you put in your handbag is your business.
Most women don’t leave the house without one. Whether you’re going to work, for lunch or even just to the supermarket – they’re a must-have.
And where would your man put his stuff if you couldn’t carry it? (Sigh.)
Right now, the noughties revival is in full swing, so fashion has welcomed back statement bags from Dior’s saddle style to Fendi’s monogram babies.
But not everyone has a designer budget so we’ve found you the best bags on the high-street now, with a couple of labels thrown in for good measure. You’re welcome.
Which material is best for handbags?
From designer and luxury to high street handbags, there are a wide range of top quality beauties to choose from.
While style is the glaringly obvious factor to consider when picking a new bag, you’ll need to have a good think about materials as well.
The obvious choice is a durable leather or suede, but if animal friendly material is a must for you try a bag made of a fake version, faux fur, fabric, vinyl, rubber, velvet or polyester.
The list goes on… but don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of the best handbags on the market for you to pick from.
1. Best Tote Handbag
This tote bag from Topshop is sure to bring out your wild side! It’s so similar to Kate Moss’ leopard number from the 90s.
From the metal ring detail on the handle to the furry leopard print, this tote bag is a fashion statement.
But it’s also practical in its capacity, meaning you can fill it with goodies.
Even if you simply team this with black mom jeans, a black crew neck and some silver jewellery, you’ll be the most stylish in the room.
- Zambia Leopard Slouch Tote Bag, £32 from Topshop – buy here
2. Best Cross-body Handbag
For an immaculate cross-body bag, scroll no further. This Lancaster logo plaque envelope bag is so hot.
Featuring an adjustable shoulder strap, foldover top, and handy internal compartments it’s practical as well as stylish.
We love the Lancaster logo stamped on the front and back.
For a sleek look, wear this with an all-white ensemble and some mini matrix shades – so fierce.
- Lancaster Logo Plaque Envelope Bag, £98 from Farfetch – buy here
3. Best Mini Handbag
The world’s obsessing over Shrimps’ trademark boxy bead bags right now, and so are we.
Made from pretty perspex beads, this Skinny Dip number is an affordable version that still oozes that 1920s glamour.
It comes with an internal black clutch so you can keep your valuables safe and out of sight, including those loose tampons you’d rather the world not witness.
- Clear Beaded Tote Bag By Skinnydip, £32 from Skinny Dip – buy here
4. Best Backpack
Urban Outfitters has all the funky fashion – we’re obsessed with this one-shoulder backpack.
Nodding to the noughties with its triangular silhouette, this suede number is just as supportive as ordinary styles due to the nifty cross-body strap.
You can adjust it to control the drop.
This style was first made famous in Y2K, so further that feeling with cargo pants and a crop top.
- UO Suede One Shoulder Backpack, £22 from Urban Outfitters – buy here
What are the best leather handbags?
Leather handbags are often recognized as luxury and high-quality items.
Biggest designer labels release their own individual styles as fashion staples.
5. Best Leather Handbag
We can always count on AllSaints for a stylish take on basics, like this big black leather handbag.
Crafted from abespoke, pebbled leather this hobo bag transfers an on-trend utility-wear vibe – complete with a thick top handle and whipstitched detailing.
Switch from the top handle to the cross-body strap to take this from the office into the weekend.
- Kita Leather Crossbody Bag, £198 from AllSaints – buy here
6. Best Designer Replica Handbag
Early 2000s fashion has fully comeback, so it’s no shock that Dior’s resurrected their iconic saddle bag. The one that Carrie from Sex and the City loved – now 2019 influencers from Lena Perminova to Camila Coelho are rocking it too.
Can’t afford Dior? Fear not, River Island have a gorgeous replica for almost a 100th of the price!
Made from faux leather, featuring ring front detail and gold tone hardware make this light saddle bag a statement accessory.
- Light Beige Saddle Underarm Bag, £20 from River Island – buy here
7. Best Basket Handbag
Straw bags simply radiate summer.
Crafted from jute for a rustic, beachy look, this Issy ote makes a wonderful holiday accessory for beach days and trips to morning food markets alike.
The chic circle shape, intricate embroidery and oversized loop fastening elevate it beyond a basic straw bag.
- Issy Embriodered Straw Circle Tote Bag, £37.50 from Accessorize – buy here
8. Best Investment Handbag
Satchels nail that fine line between easiness and elegance. Of course, no brand does that better than Mulberry.
Crafted from a natural grain leather in a half-moon shape, the Darley is centred with the brand’s signature Postman’s lock and has a detachable cross-body strap, so you can convert it to a clutch for more formal occasions.
The gorgeous hazel tone will see you through years of changing fashion trends as a versatile colourway – so worth the luxury handbag price tag.
- Small Darley Satchel, £495 from Mulberry – buy here
9. Best Everyday bag
This vegan black leather bag is part of Rochelle Humes edit for New Look, and we think it makes the perfect everyday bag.
With numerous compartments you can keep everything looking safe, without losing any style points.
The vintage stud design means it’s smart enough for work, and relaxed enough for the weekend too.
- (AD) Black Leather-Look Stud Tote Bag, £25.99 from New Look – buy here
What are the most popular designer handbags?
A designer handbag is an investment that would compliment your look and make your outfit on point.
It’s easy to gel lost when choosing the right style for you, and we suggest you think in advance in what type of bag you’re looking for.
From bucket bags, saddle bags to straw bag tote and crossbody bags, there’s a perfect designer item for everyone.
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