I've never been one to shy away from statement bags (like this multicolored Susan Alexandra creation). I love a conversation-starting bag that attracts compliments and questions, but I realize that my fun handbags aren't particularly appropriate for every occasion and that I need everyday styles to supplement. While I may not click add to cart quite as quickly as I do when I see a bag with crystals or fringe on it, the "boring" bag styles highlighted below are the ones that get the most use in my collection (similar to these "boring" basics I made myself buy).
When I say boring, I'm not referring to something that's plain or unstylish by any means. I'm referring to bags that are neutral or functional. They may not be the latest It bags (although in some cases, boring bags are It bags), but they are the ones I bring when I travel and seek versatility, need a low-key bag that won't compete with my outfit, or just don't have time to think about what bag to carry that day. On the same page? Keep scrolling to shop seven "boring" bag styles that I couldn't live without.
I thought this revived '90s-inspired style wouldn't get much use because of the slightly awkward flat shape, and I was worried that the trend was getting oversaturated, but I'm glad I ignored my concerns and just bought it. It's been one of the most-used bags since I purchased it earlier this year, and I've found that it's great for travel.
Black Leather Bags
I always forget to buy black leather bags, but I realize that I keep carrying the same couple of black bags over and over, so why not add to my collection so I don't lose interest in one particular bag?
As soon as spring hits each year, I find myself reaching for my trusty straw bag. It goes with everything and is the perfect effortless complement to breezy summer dresses and tops.
Structured Bucket Bags
The bucket bag trend has been part of our lives for years now, and I've been gravitating toward fresher styles. That said, I still find myself reaching for this bag style so often that I've bought it in multiple colors.
Sometimes you just need a bag that blends in, and a black one just won't work. Enter neutral bags. Especially since neutral tones are such a thing this season, I've found myself feeling the need to buy more neutral bags as of late.
I'm slightly ashamed to admit it, but I used to be so resistant to buying beach bags (since you really don't get to use them all that often) that I'd bring a Lululemon gym tote to the beach. After finally acquiring a few proper beach bags, I actually look forward to going to the beach more.
I used the same carry-on duffle or tote for years before realizing that it's not working for me. A couple of years ago, I decided to invest in a travel bag that meets all of my needs. I truly don't know how I lived without it.