14 Items Every Woman Should Have In Her Purse

From your signature lipstick to a fresh pack of mints, see which items should really be in your purse.  

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    PHOTO: Lee Oliveira

    Click through to find out which essentials you should always have with you and shop our favorite everyday bags. 

    Image from Lee Oliveira

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    After-Coffee Mints

    Mints over gum, period. They’re just more chic. 

    Altoids Smalls Peppermint Sugar-Free Mints ($3)

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    Save-The-Day Concealer

    Dark circles are friends to no one.

    Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat 2 Pen ($45)

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    Nourishing Hand Cream

    Avoid that awful dry hand feeling with our favorite Kai by Gaybe Straza Hand Cream ($19).

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    Hydrating Lip Balm

    Keep those lips soft with Fresh’s Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($25).

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    Oil Control Blotting Sheets

    Say goodbye to an oily forehead with Boscia Blotting Linens ($10).

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    Signature Lipstick

    Always carry an emergency lipstick, always. 

    Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30) in Magenta Red

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    Your Go-To Perfume

    Never leave the house without a travel-size perfume.

    Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Eau de Parfum Rollerball ($22)

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    $20 Cash

    Because a lady is always prepared. 

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    Sleek Compact Mirror

    Check yourself! 

    Kate Spade New York Hey Gorgeous Compact Mirror ($30) in Silver

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    Extra Hair Tie

    Even if you don’t need it, at least be the friend that always has a spare hair tie. 

    Emi-Jay Hair Ties ($7)

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    Oversized Sunnies

    Every girl’s best friend. 

    Stella McCartney Oversized Round Rimless Sunglasses ($300) in Spotty Tortoise Gold

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    Nail File

    There’s nothing worse than an unexpected jagged nail.

    Tweezerman Filemate ($5) in Swirl

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    Handful Of Hair Pins

    Sure they might end up at the bottom of your purse, but they will come in handy when you need them most. 

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    Powder Compact

    Freshen up your face with a long-lasting sheer powder. We love Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder ($37). 

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    Got the essentials? Now shop the bags! 

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    Did we mention how convenient cross-body bags are? 

    A.P.C. Shoulder Bag ($645) in Red 

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    We love a bag with textured detailing.

    Clare Vivier Sandrine Bag ($418) in Camel Basketweave 

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    Go for a graphic print! 

    Coach Bleecker Pinnacle Carryall ($898) in Painted Snake Embossed Leather

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    A girly take on this season’s “It” bag. 

    Elizabeth and James Cynnie Mini Bucket Bag ($445) in Pink Beach

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    This sleek, color-blocked shoulder bag is perfect for everyday essentials. 

    Marc by Marc Jacobs Hail To The Queen Diana Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag ($530)

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    Stay organized with this sophisticated tote. 

    MICHAEL Michael Kors Large Dressy Tote ($368) in Optic White

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    This sleek carryall will never go out of style. 

    Opening Ceremony Classic Handsome Calfskin Leather Carryall ($745) in Black

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    Phillip Lim’s signature trapeze bag gets a bright update! 

    3.1 Phillip Lim The Pashli Medium Leather Trapeze Bag ($895) in Papaya

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    Invest in a neutral cross-body bag you can wear with everything! 

    Proenza Schouler PS1 Crossbody Pouch ($1325) in Smoke

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    This luscious leather number is sure to become your go-to bag. 

    Vince Camuto Riley Leather Crossbody Bag ($198) in Bright Cobalt

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    Add a dash of sunshine to your day! 

    Topshop Double Zip Holdall Bag ($84) in Chartreuse

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Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

Bobbi Brown, $37
SHOP
Blotting Linens

Blotting Linens

Boscia, $10
SHOP
Nirvana Black Eau de Parfum Rollerball

Nirvana Black Eau de Parfum Rollerball

Elizabeth and James, $22
SHOP
Hair Ties

Hair Ties

Emi-Jay, $7
SHOP
Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

Fresh, $25
SHOP
Hand Cream

Hand Cream

Kai by Gaye Straza, $19
SHOP
Hey Gorgeous Compact Mirror

Hey Gorgeous Compact Mirror

Kate Spade New York, $30
SHOP
Smalls Peppermint Sugar-Free Mints

Smalls Peppermint Sugar-Free Mints

Altoids, $3
SHOP
Lovemarc Lip Gel

Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty, $30
SHOP
Oversized Round Rimless Sunglasses

Oversized Round Rimless Sunglasses

Stella McCartney, $300
SHOP
Filemate

Filemate

Tweezerman, $5
SHOP
Touche Eclat 2 Pen

Touche Eclat 2 Pen

Yves Saint Laurent, $45
SHOP
Shoulder Bag

Shoulder Bag

A.P.C., $645
SHOP
Sandrine Bag

Sandrine Bag

Clare Vivier, $418
SHOP
Bleecker Pinnacle Carryall

Bleecker Pinnacle Carryall

Coach, $898
SHOP
Cynnie Mini Bucket Bag

Cynnie Mini Bucket Bag

Elizabeth and James, $445
SHOP
Hail To The Queen Diana Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag

Hail To The Queen Diana Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs, $530
SHOP
Large Dressy Tote

Large Dressy Tote

MICHAEL Michael Kors, $368
SHOP
Classic Handsome Calfskin Leather Carryall

Classic Handsome Calfskin Leather Carryall

Opening Ceremony, $745
SHOP
The Pashli Medium Leather Trapeze Bag

The Pashli Medium Leather Trapeze Bag

3.1 Phillip Lim, $895
SHOP
PS1 Crossbody Pouch

PS1 Crossbody Pouch

Proenza Schouler, $1325
SHOP
Riley Leather Crossbody Bag

Riley Leather Crossbody Bag

Vince Camuto, $198
SHOP
Double Zip Holdall Bag

Double Zip Holdall Bag

Topshop, $84
SHOP
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