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Five Handbags Every Mama Should Own

2012 October 2

I am a handbag girl.

Some girls spend all their money on shoes. Some spend it all on jewelry. I spend it on handbags.

I truly believe every one I add to my collection is an investment piece of some kind.

So consider this financial planning advice à la WhatWouldGwynethDo…the five handbags every mama should own:

A cross body bag. Let’s face it, with two kids, a ringing iPhone and groceries in tow, a woman needs a free hand…and preferably, two. My cross body bag was something I told myself I “had to have” once I had Kai. Turns out, I may have to have more than one. (L) The Row Leather Shoulder Bag (R) Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Sia

A casual tote to lug around everything from wipes to library books to a change of flats. I love casual totes in nylon fabrics that can handle spills, days in the sand and serious cargo and used something similar as a defacto diaper bag with both kids. Let me tell you right now how over-rated all those compartments for bottles and binkies are…you need something big and sturdy. C’est tout. (L) FEED 1 Bag (R) Longchamp Le Pliage

A chic clutch. Ok, we may not be hitting the town as much as we used to, but when we do, we don’t want a big old diaper bag style tote hanging off our shoulder. A petite clutch helps you edit down to the essentials for an evening out. Mine usually carries my phone, ID, credit card and lipstick, and I love the ones with a little wrist strap so you can carry your drink without the balancing act…we do enough of that at home, wouldn’t you say?? (Top) Cole Haan Zoe Izzie (Bottom) French Connection Sweetie Leather Clutch

Something structured. I love a beautiful structured handbag for special occasions, a bridal shower for a friend, an important work meeting. Nothing screams sophistication like a posh purse on a particularly important outing. And don’t be afraid to opt for an out-of-the-box shade like blue or orange. The shape and style is so classic, you can get away with a playful hue and it will still last forever in your wardrobe. (L) Prada Saffiano (R) Tory Burch Robinson Satchel

Finally, what I call a casual day bag. This falls somewhere in between the casual tote and the structured bag, and will be your go-to more than any other. It’s a bag that can go from pick-up at preschool to a perfectly polished luncheon, perking up any outfit from casual to chic. My Gucci Sukey was one of the first bags I invested in and its slouchy hobo shape and rich leather finish has never let me down. Now that’s what I call a sound investment. (R) Nixon Shout It Out Satchel  (L) Gucci Sukey Guccissima


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  1. Jennifer permalink
    October 2, 2012

    I so need (or should I say so want) a new bag and this isn’t helping ! Actually don’t even know what I want but I have only bought one new purse in the last year (I don’t count the diaper bag) so having serious purse withdrawals 🙂

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