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The 6 Bags Every Woman Should Own

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Bags can be a tempting purchase — especially with all of the new Fall trends about to hit shelves — but there are really only six main bags that you need in your handbag collection.

With these six bags, you’ll be set for any and all situations:


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  • ASOS Leather Bar Detail Tote, $76.64 2 of 27
    ASOS Leather Bar Detail Tote, $76.64
    This is the bag that you'll be using day in and day out — shopping, work, errands, school pick-up, etc. It'll be tossed in the backseat, stuffed on the floor, hung on the back of your chair. No matter your personal style (big hobo? small cross-over?), it needs to hold the essentials and last the long-haul.
    Buy from ASOS
  • J.Crew Biennial Hobo, $325 3 of 27
    J.Crew Biennial Hobo, $325
    Because you'll be using it every day, it's best to stick with a neutral color that'll match most outfits. It's also important to choose a bag with organizational pockets.
    Buy from J.Crew
  • Skip Hop Versa Bag, $70 4 of 27
    Skip Hop Versa Bag, $70
    If you're still in baby mode (or even toddler mode), you should be smart about which diaper bag you choose. Rather than a typical "diaper bag," opt for one that looks like an ordinary day bag. Trust me, you'll be needing a spill-resistant, toy-holding, organizational bag for years. That way you can eliminate a short-lived purchase.
    Buy from Skip Hop
  • Petunia Pickle Bottom Central Park North Stop Sashay Satchel, $170 5 of 27
    Petunia Pickle Bottom Central Park North Stop Sashay Satchel, $170
    In fact, this is the bag that I typically use as a day bag. It's big enough to store all of the extra undies and toys that my 3-year-old son needs (not to mention his water bottles!), yet it's elegant enough to match any outfit. I adore this diaper bag.
    Buy from Petunia Pickle Bottom
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  • H&M Bag, $17.95 7 of 27
    H&M Bag, $17.95
    It's always useful to have an oversized clutch on hand for date nights and evening parties. You can even stuff them in your work bag for a day-to-night transition.
    Buy from H&M
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Berkley Clutch, $190 8 of 27
    MICHAEL Michael Kors Berkley Clutch, $190
    It's also a fun way to play with new trends, bold colors, and daring prints.
    Buy from Macy's
  • ASOS Metal Frame Clutch Bag, $30.65 9 of 27
    ASOS Metal Frame Clutch Bag, $30.65
    But you don't have to spend a ton of money. You can easily find cute party clutches under $40 at places like Forever 21 and ASOS.
    Buy from ASOS
  • J.Crew Invitation Clutch in Dot, $158 10 of 27
    J.Crew Invitation Clutch in Dot, $158
    Or you could splurge — just make sure it's something timeless that you can use with pretty much any outfit.
    Buy from J.Crew
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  • Jessica McClintock Metallic Mesh Bow Evening Clutch, $25.99 12 of 27
    Jessica McClintock Metallic Mesh Bow Evening Clutch, $25.99
    Just like it's important to have evening shoes on hand for special occasions, the same goes for a go-with-anything evening clutch.
    Buy from Macy's
  • Glint Crystal Topper Clutch, $78 13 of 27
    Glint Crystal Topper Clutch, $78
    Choose basic black or silver, or opt for a fancier metallic.
    Buy from Nordstrom
  • Cake by Petunia Pickle Bottom — Black Forest Cake, $145 14 of 27
    Cake by Petunia Pickle Bottom — Black Forest Cake, $145
    Still in baby mode? This elegant-looking clutch comes with a water-resistant lining, diaper/wipes pouch, and a fold-out/detachable changing pad. Of course you can use it as an ordinary clutch, but it's nice to have the option.
    Buy from Petunia Pickle Bottom
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  • Madewell The Transport Tote, $168 16 of 27
    Madewell The Transport Tote, $168
    It's also useful to have a bigger tote on hand that you can use for weekend trips, long outings, and as an airplane carry-on.
    Buy from Madewell
  • ASOS Pieces Earla Stripe Shopper, $54.50 17 of 27
    ASOS Pieces Earla Stripe Shopper, $54.50
    It can also used for gym clothes, beach gear, and picnic supplies — or just on one of those days where an ordinary handbag won't cut it. And you can find totes in pretty much any price point.
    Buy from ASOS
  • Ty Lucas Amore Tote, $345 18 of 27
    Ty Lucas Amore Tote, $345
    Here's another smart diaper bag buy — not only because it's gorgeous and roomy, but because it can be used for all of the aforementioned purposes. Why waste money on a diaper bag that you'll use for a few years, when you can buy a chic tote like this?
    Buy from Ty Lucas
  • Petunia Pickle Bottom Wistful Weekender, $180 19 of 27
    Petunia Pickle Bottom Wistful Weekender, $180
    Petunia Pickle Bottom also makes a weekender bag that expands and contracts to fit anything and everything you could need. If you're a parent who travels frequently (or just has a lot of stuff) you can use this bag for absolutely everything.
    Buy from Petunia Pickle Bottom
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  • Diane Von Furstenberg “Drew” Studded Satchel, $895 21 of 27
    Diane Von Furstenberg "Drew" Studded Satchel, $895
    The "statement bag" is an easy way to try out the latest trends without fully committing — like studs. Studs are going to be big this Fall, and you can find studded bags in all price points.
    Buy from Nordstrom
  • Big Buddha Belize, $95 22 of 27
    Big Buddha Belize, $95
    Or animal prints like python, crocodile, and leopard. A statement bag adds a pop of fun to an otherwise functional accessory.
    Buy from Piperlime
  • Lulus Raw Materials Gold Hobo Bag, $44 23 of 27
    Lulus Raw Materials Gold Hobo Bag, $44
    Besides trends, it's also a fun way to add some lively color to your wardrobe. (Although gold will be quite trendy for the rest of 2012.)
    Buy from Lulu's
  • Forever 21 Fringed Suede Bag, $49.80 24 of 27
    Forever 21 Fringed Suede Bag, $49.80
    A statement bag can also let your quirky personality shine in a way that neutral day bags might not.
    Buy from Forever 21
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  • Apple & Bee Burlap Tote, $28 26 of 27
    Apple & Bee Burlap Tote, $28
    Everyone should have a canvas bag or two in their car for last-minute shopping trips.
    Buy from Nordstrom
  • Elephant Canvas Tote Bag, $19.99 27 of 27
    Elephant Canvas Tote Bag, $19.99
    Luckily canvas bags are typically affordable and accessible — and they come in fun styles, whether you buy them on Etsy or in the mall.
    Buy from Paisley Magic on Etsy

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