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Marla Oddoye is a Emory University graduate who earned a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minored in English. While in pursuit of a healthcare career, she is a true fashionista who would describe her style as being feminine, simple, and sophisticated. She is a lover of all things beauty - from make up to nails - and art. Her passions don’t end there as she enjoys painting, volunteering, and has recently discovered a love for cooking low calorie, satisfying meals.

5 Must Have Classic Handbags

Next to diamonds, a handbag is a fashionista’s best friend (and maybe a great pair of shoes). This ultimate accessory has been by a woman’s side as her faithful companion, not to mention it knows all her “baggage.” With so many styles of handbags to choose from, there’s an unlimited amount of friends to collect. But you have to admit, not every bag is treated equally. Some bags are worn only once. Maybe because they are just too “trendy” or they simply get lost in the mix. On the other hand (no pun intended), you wear other bags so much that they start to wear themselves! The only thing to do is buy a replacement.  But before you invest in a replacement for your most trusted bag, consider looking at these five classic handbags. 

The Satchel

Courtesy of Proenza Schouler: PS1

Courtesy of ASOS: Floral Metal Keeper Detail Satchel

The satchel bag is a fashion accessory made popular centuries ago. It has remained to be a staple handbag because of its versatility and androgynous edge. The satchel bag is structured much like a briefcase, however it’s soft-sided and often has a long shoulder strap that can double as a cross-body strap. If you want to splurge on this style, try the popular Proenza Schouler PS1. For a wide variety of sizes and colors, browse The Cambridge Satchel Company selection. The satchel is the classic “school boy” bag, worn by both men and women. But if you prefer more feminine bags, go for a satchel in a girly print like the ASOS Floral Satchel, for $26.90 or in a fun bright color for the spring season.

Boston Bag

Courtesy of I Want Bags: Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 30

Courtesy of eBags: Nicole Lee Selena Ferris-wheel Front Tassel Boston Bag

The Boston bag is a classic shape in the handbag world. This two-handled bag has a distinct yet simple structure that is timeless and chic in every way. Needless to mention, this bag is also very spacious. The Boston bag can serve dual functions as a travel bag or for daily use as well. Two of the most popular bags in this style are the Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 and the Gucci Joy Medium. For a fun, bold (and less expensive) variety, you can go for a Boston bag in a plaid pattern or with metal details like Nicole Lee Selena’s Ferris-wheel Front Tassel Boston Bag.

The Hobo

Courtesy of Lead Brand Store: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato

Courtesy of Zappos: Aldo Marcetelli

A bag doesn’t get more “all-purpose” than the hobo. It transcends into all seasons and it’s big enough to carry all your essentials and then some. Its slouchy soft material, crescent shape, and long strap make the hobo a comfortable shoulder bag to wear at any time. If you’re ok with spending a pretty penny for this style of bag, Bottega Veneta has the Intrecciato, a basket-woven leather hobo, available. Hobo bags are everywhere and in any pattern, size, and color imaginable. If you’re a follower of trends, consider the fringe-detail Aldo Marcetelli bag for $50.

Quilted Bag

Courtesy of Forever 21: Quilted Shoulder Bag

Courtesy of Designer Handbag Reviews: Chanel 2.55

The quintessential quilted bag is the timeless Chanel 2.55 bag. Named after its February 1955 launch date, the Chanel 2.55 is the ultimate ladylike bag and it’ll be perfect for the 50s/60s Spring trend. It comes in a variety of colors from classic black leather to a bold metallic turquoise, not to mention it’s made complete with the feminine chain-detail straps. There’s also the more recent Marc Jacobs Stam bag. If you don’t want to spend the $825 to $3,500 on these bags, there are numerous budget-friendly quilted bags in different sizes, styles, prints, and fabrics. Forever 21 has a cute quilted shoulder bag available for under 20 bucks.

The Clutch

Courtesy of Hermes: Jige Elan clutch

Courtesy of Topshop: Black Mixed Stud Black Clutch Bag

The clutch has been the evening bag of choice for quite some time now. It’s conveniently small and fits only the necessary items for a night out, nothing more. It’s multifunctional in the sense that when you want to free up your hands to dance you can simply use the strap (assuming it has one). The clutch isn’t limited to just evening, though. After all, who wouldn’t want to be seen with the Hermes Jige Elan clutch at all hours of the day? No need to splurge on a clutch considering all the various sizes, textures, and colors out there. TopShop has a black studded clutch at a $50 price point.

Whether you combine these bag styles together and go for a quilted hobo or a clutch bag with satchel-like details, these classic bag styles will never get old. Of course there are many other bag styles worth investing in too. The handbag, in all its varieties, will always be the accessory of all accessories. No matter your taste, a girl can never have too many (fashion) friends.

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