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3 Types of Purses Every Woman Should Own

BY Amanda Uher Insight
BY Amanda Uher

Looking to round out your spring or summer wardrobe? Adding a new purse could be just the ticket. With these 3 purses in your arsenal, you’ll be ready to take on any day, or night, in style.


Every woman needs a great tote bag. With two long straps for carrying in the hand or on the shoulder, and a large, roomy interior, tote bags are a trend that’s not fading anytime soon. Choose a stylish, well-made tote bag, and carry it as an everyday handbag, work bag, diaper bag, beach bag, gym bag…Really, does it get more practical than a tote?

Shoulder bag or Crossbody purse

Shoulder bags and cross body purses are classic, functional, and stylish. Smaller than a tote, but larger than most clutches, this is another fantastic grab-and-go option. Find a purse that reflects your style, and be sure the carry strap -- whether on the shoulder or across the body -- fits comfortably. Want even more carrying options? This purse has a removable crossbody strap, which converts the purse into a gorgeous foldover clutch.

Wristlet clutch

Speaking of clutches—a clutch is a fantastic option when you want a small, functional addition to your outfit that still packs a lot of style punch. Rounding out our list at number three, a clutch doesn’t have to be fancy, but it definitely can be. Larger than a wallet, but smaller than a shoulder bag, a leather day clutch is the perfect accessory for Sunday brunch or an afternoon coffee date. For the most versatility, though, consider the wristlet clutch: a clutch with a removable wrist strap.

Bonus: Backpack Purse

The backpack purse is so practical and on trend, we had to give it an honorable mention. This is not your old school nylon book bag. Today’s backpack purses are nearly as practical as a tote. Look for adjustable straps, a secure closure, and a durable material. Carry your backpack purse as an everyday purse, or to work or on campus.  Remember to check for an interior laptop sleeve if you’ll be carrying it to class or the office.

Final note: when you’re choosing types of purses to anchor your wardrobe—your must-have, every day carries—it’s worth investing in a high-quality material like real leather or waxed canvas. Save the cheap stuff for that wild, ultra-trendy accessory that you’ll use once or twice before it falls out of style. Real leather and waxed canvas are both exceptionally durable and look even better with age and use. Be sure to check out our line of quality leather purses, and find the perfect addition (or three) for your collection.

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