THE best handbags have a magical power to transform your look from basic to boujee—they are the accessory that every woman loves to need.
Now a staple womenswear accessory, most of us don’t leave the house without one. They're like a second limb, helpfully carrying your personal items. Emergency chocolate? Umbrella? Last night's shoes? Whatever you put in your handbag is your business.
Whether you’re going to work, for lunch or popping to the supermarket, a quality bag is a must-have.
And from designer and luxury styles to high street handbags, there are a wide range of top quality beauties to choose from.
We've put together a list of the very best handbags on the market, to buy now and cherish for always. You’re welcome.
6 The Small Darley Satchel from Mulberry is worth the luxury price… Small Darley Satchel, £495 from Mulberry – buy here Satchels nail that fine line between easiness and elegance. Of course, no brand does that better than Mulberry. Crafted from a natural grain leather in a half-moon shape, the Darley is centred with the brand’s signature Postman’s lock and has a detachable cross-body strap, so you can convert it to a clutch for more formal occasions. The gorgeous hazel tone will see you through years of changing fashion trends, too— so worth the luxury handbag price tag. 2. Best beach bag: Thought's Erice Eco Straw Pom Pom Tote Bag Erice Eco Straw Pom Pom Tote Bag, £49.95 from Thought – buy here
Is there a more summery style than the straw bag? We think not. This adorable design by Thought is decorated in pom-poms for a playful look, plus it's eco-friendly too. Win-win! Take it with you on your next beach trip or pack a picnic and head to the park. Either way, it's an essential.
3. Best staple black handbag: Mango's Double Handle Baguette Bag Double Handle Baguette Bag, £19.99 from Mango – buy here
When you find the right little black handbag, it becomes your closest daily companion. We think we've found just that in Mango's simple baguette bag.
Sporting an urban double strap, it's cut from technical fabric with enough room for the essentials (purse, lipstick, cards, chewing gum).
Whether you're wearing an LBD and heels for dinner or want an easy bag for running errands, this ticks every box.
5. Best croc-effect handbag: Mango's Croc-Effect Baguette Bag Croc-effect baguette bag, £19.99 from Mango – buy here
Baguette bags are a massive trend right now, lending a cool 90s vibe to both daywear and evening looks.
This one's a sleek and chic lilac croc-effect design, ideal for teaming with neutral hues come summer.
It's slightly bigger than your classic baguette, with enough space to fit a hefty bottle of hand sanitiser alongside your purse and anything else you can't leave the house without.
5. Best backpack: Away The Backpack The Backpack, £195 from Away – buy here
You don't need to be planning a trip for the Away backpack to come in handy – although it's good to know that it will fit everything you need it to on your travels.
It's got three separate zippered pockets, as well as interior organisation compartments, so you can fit everything from trainers to headphones, your laptop (up to 15 inches) and a change of clothes.
Fans rave that it's 'such a versatile product', love that it's 'really stylish and resilient' and insist that it's 'probably the best backpack I've ever owned'.
Helpfully, it secures onto any Away Carry On if you need it for travel, and the unisex design is appealing to both women and men.
Get it personalised for an extra-special touch.
6. Best leather handbag: AllSaints Kita Leather Crossbody Bag Kita Leather Crossbody Bag, now £148.50 from AllSaints – buy here We can always count on AllSaints for a stylish take on basics, like this big black leather handbag. Crafted from a bespoke, pebbled leather, this hobo bag transfers an on-trend utility-wear vibe – complete with a thick top handle and whip-stitched detailing. Switch from the top handle to the cross-body strap to take this from the office into the weekend. 7. Best crossbody handbag: M&S Leather Double Zip Cross Body Bag Leather Double Zip Cross Body Bag, £45 from M&S – buy here
M&S's leather crossbody bag is a favourite for its value, size and timeless shape.
Among the boast-worthy reviews, one happy customer says, "the leather is good quality and it holds more than I expected."
Not only does it look good, but it is also great at keeping you organised, with two zipped compartments and interior zip pocket and card slots.
8. Best tote: Michael Kors Nomad Large Saffiano Leather Top-Zip Tote Bag Nomad Large Saffiano Leather Top-Zip Tote Bag, £290 from Michael Kors – buy here
Michael Kors is the go-to label for durable, go-anywhere handbags.
This Nomad tote is a favourite with its smart Saffiano leather design, and well-organised interior.
The spacious bag has two exterior side pockets, an interior zip compartment large enough to hold a tablet or laptop as well as other slip pockets too.
You can pick between this gorgeous rosy pink or black. We say style Soft Pink with neutral tones like brown, beige and cream.
What are the most popular designer handbags?
A designer handbag is an investment that would compliment your look and make your outfit on point.
It's easy to gel lost when choosing the right style for you, and we suggest you think in advance in what type of bag you're looking for.
From bucket bags, saddle bags to straw bag tote and crossbody bags, there's a perfect designer item for everyone.
The most popular designer labels now include Burberry, Gucci, Dior, Mulberry and Saint Laurent.
What are the best leather handbags?
Leather handbags are often recognized as luxury and high-quality items.
Biggest designer labels release their own individual styles as fashion staples.
If you're keen to get something that would last for a long time and would carry the brand's name, check out Burberry, AllSaints, Net A Porter and Aspinal of London.
We’re all about helping you find the best products at the best prices, so follow the link if you want to check out more of Sun Selects’ recommendations . Looking for some inspiration for a wardrobe revamp? Check out our dedicated Sun Selects fashion section.
Or if you're in the market for a handbag for him, take a look at our guide to the best men's bags here.
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