“No matter how big the purse, a woman will always fill it,” I remember one middle school teacher telling me as she searched for her lipstick between classes. I was just then learning the importance of a good handbag: the other girls were competing with the latest models from Dooney & Burke (tassels, anyone?) but I preferred a boxy faux croc handbag of unrecognizable make. It had all the essentials — a shoulder strap, hidden inner compartment for scandalous notes, looked great with my Cole Haan loafers, and was just the right amount of “different” from everybody else. As an adult, my tastes haven’t changed much. I still love a shoulder strap option, prefer shades of nutmeg leather, and have a slight distaste for anything considered a “status” bag. I’m currently carrying this little number from J. Crew on most days. When it comes to your everyday bag, what do you rely on? A colorful tote? A sleek oversized clutch? Or are you saving up for the latest Balenciaga or Chloe? Do you have one go-to bag or are you constantly switching it out? Let us know in the comments section!

image sources: clutch image found via tina adams wardrobe consulting (original source unknown), emerson fry leopard shopper, chloé marcie large shoulder bag via the blonde salad

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