Fashion / Style File

Glamorous Bag Ladies

A New Purse Revolution Turns Lady Bags Into Fashion’s Latest Must-Have

BY Lindley Arnoldy // 02.01.16

Step aside super-sized handbag; ladies, it’s time to put your Birkins and Celine totes back in their duster bags to make some room for the lady bag, a fashion item that is having a moment right now.

Handheld bags and clutches were once an accessory of the night, reserved mostly for evening soirées and occasionally seeing the light of day on the arm of the lady who lunches. Now, ladylike bags are very “in fashion”, making their way into the office, boardroom and back on the streets in the full-blown sunshine.

True fashion fiends are looking for newer, more obscure handbag designers offering up unique pieces that are less in your face than the identifiable, ubiquitous totes popularized by certain brands. Two of my personal favorites, Mansur Gavriel and M2Malletier, have taken the classic, ladylike design and updated it with a modern twist. Think top handles with interesting hardware and metallics, skins, and buttery leathers in a variety of shapes and colors.

Shop my curated selection of favorites, and stay elegant.

Home, chic home.

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