As you build your wardrobe of designer handbags, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the near-endless choices, constant changes in the trend of the moment, and a hefty dose of pushy advertising. Designer handbag trends come and go, and when the trend is gone, you’ll be stuck holding a bag you might not want, not to mention out a hefty chunk of change. The key with pricey handbags is to choose classic styles. This approach helps you get the most bang for the big bucks you’ve spent, and ensures you’ll always look like a fashionista, never a fashion victim.

Black Satchel
The black satchel is the cornerstone of virtually every good wardrobe. Built to go with anything and designed never to go out of style, a black satchel works for, play, work, and everything in between. Pick a style that works with your proportions; petite women should choose smaller bags while larger women can go bigger. Take careful note of the hardware on your bag. You should like it, but not really notice it. If the hardware is too noticeable, it may soon go out of style.

Neutral Summer Bag
A neutral-hued bag in beige, taupe, or even white is the little black dress of summer. Neutral bags work better with the lighter hues of summer than do classic black satchels. Just try to pick a fabric that will stand the test of time. Canvas and other fabrics stain and tear easily. Leather and some synthetic leathers, though, can take a beating and keep on looking great.

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Basic Tote
A tote should be your go-to bag when you have to haul a stack of stuff. Ideal as a carry-on bag, for big meetings at work, and even as a diaper bag, the best totes are delightfully minimalist. For summer, a printed tote can look great. To get the most out of your tote, though, pick one in a neutral color such as black, beige, or white. Check the inside of the tote. When you’re hauling a big load, you’ll probably want a few pockets to stuff your pens and phone, so make sure your tote has some smaller places to stash your gear.

Lightweight Handbag
You don’t always need to carry half of what you own with you. Black Friday shopping, a weekend concert, and a nature walk with your sweetie all call for a minimalist approach that saves your back. Every fashionista needs a lightweight handbag that will carry some cash, a lipstick, and a phone. To get the most use out of this bag, try a cross-body style. Cross-bodies minimize the stress on your back and hips, while making it much harder for people of ill will to snatch your bag out of your hands.

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