We love having options when it comes to handbags. But sometimes, we just want a bag that can do it all. A truly great handbag can take you from work to date night effortlessly. And honestly, we love versatile handbags that can hold all our day-to-day items but still look chic and purposeful when going out at night. So, which popular handbag styles are right for your work-to-weekend needs? The following guide to the best versatile designer purses will help you find a new, can't-leave-the-house-without-it handbag that fits into every corner of your life.
1. The Satchel
Ah, the classic satchel. It's easily one of our most reached-for bags (and for good reason!). The satchel is the essential workhorse handbag you need in your closet. Top-handle satchels are medium to large bags that can hold all of the essentials without feeling overstuffed or heavy. They're chic carry-alls that typically feature both top handles and a detachable shoulder strap for even more versatility.
To make that seamless shift from day to night, you'll want to opt for a neutral-colored bag in dark brown or grey. These colors provide the perfect palette to complement any outfit. The structured satchel is sure to become a regular in your day-to-night rotation.
Our Pick Cholé Marcie Med Double Calfskin Bag
2. The Shoulder Bag
Another perfect desk-to-dinner choice is the perennial shoulder bag. A favorite of many fashionistas, these lightweight and versatile handbags can be slung over your shoulder or simply rest in the crook of your arm, depending on your mood. There's something inherently sleek, sophisticated and dare we say sporty about shoulder bags that just draws us to them.
When choosing your new shoulder bag, consider your own personal style. If your main goal is utility, go with a larger size. Looking to pack a little lighter? Opt for a smaller silhouette instead. We love rich leathers and textured suede in the cooler months, but come summer, go with a high-end canvas fabric for a lighter, weather-appropriate look.
Our Pick The Saint Laurent Kate Snake Shoulder Bag
3. The Mini Bag
If you're a minimalist and can keep your bag's contents on the lighter side, a mini bag is a fantastic option. Mini bags are chic, lightweight and incredibly easy to take from day to night. The most timeless and versatile handbag style is usually a semi-oversized pouch that's larger than a clutch but smaller than a satchel. Play with materials and colors to find the perfect mini for all of your fashion aesthetics.
Look for bags with multiple pockets and some dimension so you can maximize the small amount of space you do have. A quick trick for finding a mini that can pass as both a daytime and nighttime bag is to look for small or subtle detailing that makes it special. Choosing a mini bag with a metallic chain, a touch of shine or any other element gives it a little edge.
Our Pick The Wandler Hortensia Mini Shoulder Bag
4. The Tote
No matter what your career or social life entails, every woman needs a good tote bag that looks both polished and professional. Tote handbags are versatile enough to give you the room you need to carry a laptop while also looking chic enough to go out at night with just a small makeup bag, your phone and a wallet. These popular women's handbags have the versatility to easily carry you from work to the weekend — which is why we love them.
An unexpected pop of color in a tote can be just as chic as a classic neutral. Look for lined totes with inside pockets if you need a little organization in your life.
Our Pick The Sara Battaglia Plisse Tote Bag
5. The Bucket Bag
The effortlessly stylish bucket bag can pull together any outfit while giving you the room you need to store all of your must-haves. Bucket bags are the perfect combination of shoulder bags and satchels. The structured and classic design is reminiscent of a modern piece of art while providing ample space for everything you need.
When shopping for your new bucket bag, look for unique detailing and hardware, as well as an overall minimal design. As your new day-to-night companion, be sure your bucket bag has enough space and pockets to keep you organized no matter the time of day.
Our Pick The STAUD Bissett Bucket Bag