Just like those countless pairs of shoes we can’t live without, when it comes to fashion handbags, you can never have too many, no really. Who wants to carry the same bag around day after day, pretty soon you’ve got peppermints stuck to the bottom of the lining mixed in amongst your last fifty register receipts and a long forgotten fortune from the Chinese restaurant around the corner.
So when you really think about it, having a healthy line-up of handbags is as practical as it is luxurious. If you are switching out purses often, then you are forced to deal with all the loose ends that might have accumulated had you not had a different bag for every day and night of the week. Realistically, if you spend less on each of the fashion handbags, you can justify the cost of owning more than one. Luckily for us, some handbag designers like Jessica Simpson and Fossil are creating wonderful and affordable designs to fit our budget.
Fossil’s Ari Embellished Crossbody Handbag would work for a Saturday carpooling the kids around from activity to activity or for a day date at the outdoor market. Available for a steal at under $85, you can afford to pick a few more.
A continuation in style from spring into summer, sees the textured leather shoulder bag sporting perforated detailing. Neutral and bold colors continue to take center stage. Function and roominess are equally as important as summer often brings outings and weekend getaways which means carrying more stuff. This year’s trends tend to have a little more sticking power as they are geared towards more practical choices and lasting quality.
While trends are fun to follow, sometimes they just aren’t practical for most women. A quality designer shoulder bag takes a considerable financial investment. Definitely worth it, if you plan to carry it for more than several seasons. But you’ve got to really love the bag you choose as it will be your constant companion on a daily basis for more than a bit. We suggest spending considerably more on your day bag as it will get more use and offer more space than say an evening clutch.
Go ahead, go for the designer leather bag, but remember for practicality it should be a color that goes with many things. The bags pictured here are both stylish and functional, while providing quality that will last.
Nardelli Italian Designer hobo shoulder bag in camel leather. This bag is perfect for everyday use. $325
Hobo International Bodega Bay Shoulder Bag in supple black leather with braided detailing. This bag has enough room to take along all of your most important items. $388
Christopher Kon #433 Shoulder Bag in camel is created from soft genuine leather. The luxury of Italian craftsmanship and design is evident in this beautiful yet functional bag. $325