“Must have” handbags for every women’s wardrobe

Handbags are a very important element of a women’s wardrobe. Not only are they an essential fashion item but a handbag is also the place where everything from bills to baby food gets stored.

Handbags are found in wide range of styles, designs and types. However, there are certain handbags which are considered as “must have’s” for every women’s wardrobe.

Here is a list of the 5 handbags which every woman requires in her wardrobe.

The Shoulder Bag
The number one style bag which every woman needs is the flap shoulder bag. It can act as a functional day bag and at the same time remain a gorgeous statement piece to use at night. These types of hand bags can have a long chain strap.


The Satchel Bag
If you want to look sophisticated then a leather satchel might be your best bet. They have the ability to give you a professional appearance no matter whether you are wearing jeans or a shift dress. When it comes to buying satchel, there is a wide range of options in terms of style, size, colour and texture.

The Tote Bag
You may be surprised to see this bag on the list as it’s not the most stylish option around. However, tote bags have come a long way since they were only used for beach outings. Tote bags are now found in a wide range of colours, textures, fabrics, design and styles. These bags are a perfect choice for moms or students as they have more than enough space for the paraphenalia that comes with each of those roles! At the same time, it is one of the best options for working women to carry their laptop or tablet plus all the files needed – a great alternative to the more masculine briefcase.


The Evening Bag
Regardless of your social life every now and again you may need to attend a more formal event in the evening – a wedding, a company dinner or a cocktail party. Having a big shoulder bag will not be the right choice when wearing a gorgeous cocktail dress; hence you need something different for these occasions. Carrying a small black leather clutch along can sort out your problem to some extent, however, gold or silver evening bags, are a more fashionable option – alternatively you can choose a bright, bold colour. Remember to choose the right metallic that will match your favorite jewellery.


The Statement Bag

Once you have all your basic bags covered, it’s time for something really special or trendy – perhaps an exotic leather bag, a printed or patterned one, or something with embroidery or “bling”. It’s great to have something different in your collection of bags.


A handbag is an item that you use everyday which means that investing a bit more into the purchase will always be worthwhile. Choose one made with high quality materials or finishes and one make sure it’s a handbag that you LOVE, then you won’t be disappointed. I am certainly keen to invest in a good quality leather designer bag – preferably in tan or brown – and will be on the lookout for one that would work well to complement my current handbag wardrobe.

Furla is one such handbag brand and they have recently revealed their Autumn-Winter 2013 collection – some of which are featured in the photos on this post.

For the morning, Furla bags showcase new graphic designs, microprints and hand-crafted details that mirror the energy of the modern day woman and all her demands. For the everyday bag, eclectic elegance combined with intense work activity are beautifully accommodated with audacious animal prints and the boldest colours such as yellow, orange, fuchsia, red, purple, emerald green and pops of neon. For evening it’s fun, feminine materials with semi-transparent glittery rubber and metallic nappa leathers.

Furla’s collection also includes boots, shoes, belts, accessories and jewelry to compliment their handbag range.

Furla is available at Hyde Park Shopping Mall, Upper Mall, Shop 56 / Tel: +27 11 325 6468


Remember a woman is incomplete without her handbag!

Would you add any handbags to this list of “must have” handbags for every women’s wardrobe? Which handbag in your wardrobe do you use or love the most??

Thanks to contributer Diana, a writer/blogger who loves writing, travelling and reading books. She also contributes to Robert Karofsky.

Images: Furla

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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