From workdays to weddings, every event in a woman’s life seems to require a specific type of handbag.
And while many women love to switch out their purse for each occasion, others prefer having just a few basics on hand to get them through their busy schedules. The great news is, you don’t need a lot of handbags to look stylish while staying practical and comfortable. Here are the five basic styles of purses that will ensure a woman is ready for any occasion that comes her way:
1. A work tote
A basic structured tote bag with sturdy shoulder straps is the perfect replacement for an office briefcase. Choose one in a neutral color that will go well with any of your work outfits, or pick a brightly colored or patterned tote to make more of a statement. When you’re looking for a work-appropriate tote, make sure it’s big enough to comfortably fit folders, files, binders and other office essentials without folding or smashing them.
2. A cross-body bag
Every woman needs at least one cross-body satchel-style bag that can take her from errand to errand while staying comfortable, lightweight and hands-free. Cross-body purses are great for casual occasions that don’t require you to bring much more than the basic necessities (like your wallet, cellphone and keys). Wear it to stay comfy during all-day errands, a trip to the park with the kids or a shopping excursion.
3. A clutch
While not as practical for on-the-go women during the day as a purse with a shoulder strap, clutches are useful to have on hand for more formal evening events, like work functions or weddings. The minimalist purse is just the right size for your phone, wallet and some extra makeup, without being so bulky or heavy that it becomes a burden. If you don’t love the idea of having to hold onto your purse all evening, opt instead for a small evening bag that has a long strap or chain which you’ll be able to wear across your body all night.
4. A casual tote
For many women, having a large and seemingly bottomless tote that can carry everything from their wallet to several toys for their kids is a necessity. This more casual tote style is ideal for all-day outings, traveling and anything else that requires a sizable bag for more than just the basics. If you’re looking for a casual tote bag, feel free to have fun with color, style and design – your purse is the perfect place to show a little personality!
5. A hobo
Hobo purses are known for their unstructured and relaxed style, and they’re a great multi-purpose purse to have. Hobos can be appropriate for formal and casual occasions, like work, a party or just a trip to the grocery store. Their versatility makes them excellent for women who have multiple things going on each day. Look for fun details like fringe, rhinestones and interesting textures to give your hobo a little extra pizzazz.