The bag you carry is both a fashion statement and a practical accessory. So wouldn't you want to invest in a few classic pieces that take you through the ups and downs in trends over the years? New bag styles are ever evolving, but there are some that brave the test of time to emerge crowd favourites because of their versatility, timeless aesthetics, and functionality that cater to many women.
Here, we round up the 5 classic types of bags for women that you can always count on for every occasion. And because we are in love with Victoria's Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr's personal style, this post is dedicated to all the bags she carried. Ladies, take notes:
A handbag, particularly a structured one, adds instant polish to an outfit, so you look well put together even in loose cuts and casual fabrics.
Miranda always looks impeccably stylish. Her personal style veers towards ladylike or girly, with the occasional edgy piece. Here, she turns to her regular feminine look, teaming a burgundy Louis Vuitton handbag with a loose grey long-sleeved top, floral pants, and nude pointed pumps. Who says fall is the season for dull colours?
2. Tote Bag
The store-everything tote serves as a gym bag, outing bag, shopping bag, and even as a work bag. Go for lusher materials such as leather or suede for formal occasions, and hardy materials like canvas or nylon when heading to the gym.
How NYC does Miranda look here! Her sleek, urban-chic outfit is minimalist and practical, striking a perfect balance between classy and casual in a breezy white sleeveless Equipment button-up and cropped A.LC. tuxedo-striped pants. She played up the polish with a pair of black patent pumps, Stella McCartney sunglasses and a glossy black leather tote bag from Celine. This outfit comes to you office-ready.
3. Shoulder Bag
Mention shoulder bags, and Chanel's quilted shoulder bag easily comes to mind. The shoulder bag is a breezy, chic companion to pretty much any outfit, and it's no wonder that this bag has lasted through the decades.
Got a hot date or hitting town tonight with the girls? Steal Miranda Kerr's style here! Her outfit for a night out involves a teal chain strap purse that punches up her sweet girly ensemble of pink pants and plain white t-shirt. Keep things simple and classy with minimal makeup and a sleek up-do.
One of the things I like about Miranda is that she can be sexy without revealing too much skin. Here, she flaunts her curves in a gorgeous pastel blue and white crop top and skirt, showing just a slice of her narrow waist.
Also, I love how she made her white Smythson envelope clutch fit into the geometric theme of her outfit, and completed the look with matching white pointed pumps. It's hard to pick a favourite Miranda outfit, but this one is definitely one of the top, in my book.
5. Hand luggage
Miranda does Parisian chic here in a classic combination of a striped t-shirt, dark wash denim jeans, and a Louis Vuitton hand-carry bag. She gives the outfit extra oomph with bright red pumps. This is one celebrity airport style that can be easily recreated even on a budget. Just replace the designer bag with another structured hand luggage for a polished look.
What are some of YOUR go-to bags? How do you wear these classic styles? Share your fashion tips with us in the Comments section below!