I used to have a pretty huge handbag collection, but over the years I’ve pared it down to using 2 daily, another 3 somewhat regularly depending on the outfit or season, and 3 used only for special occasions like weddings. (Plus 4 more that I haven’t used in a year but have yet to let go of.) So, 5 for daily use and 3 for special occasions. That might be a lot for some or a small amount for others, but I feel like each of my bags get a lot of use! They are the unsung heroes on my closet. They’re major workhorses who get very little attention, so I want to feature them today.
Almost all of my handbags now are from Nordstrom, but they are not designer and are all under $50. (And actually cost me less because I bought some of them during the NSale!) What’s especially important to note is that on average these Nordstrom bags are a only few dollars more than bags I used to buy from Target and Old Navy, yet those bags ALL died on me within a year (saddddd) while Nordstrom’s bags have not. Not one! So when Nordstrom asked me to talk about fall items, I thought it was a great opportunity to highlight my favorite bags, all of which totally work for this fall!
(Also, I’m just talking about handbags or daily bags, not special use bags like luggage, my beach bag, or diaper bags.)
WEAR & TEAR:
More impressively than that, I was worried about the seams given that I carry my laptop and big water bottle in it. With the old bags I mentioned earlier, the first thing to fall apart were the seams, and I didn’t even hold my laptop in any of those! The seams on this Nordstrom tote are holding up for far longer than my past bags at similar price points–and with a heavier load!
NOTE: I use a base shaper which I’m positive has helped maintain the stitching. Read about it HERE. (And yes, I used a base shaper in my other bags that broke in the past.)
– It’s reversible, meaning you can turn it inside out to have a second color. Like, two bags in one! It comes in different color combos found HERE.
– There are no pockets, but it comes with a zipper pouch that I love using for lotion, medicine, etc. If I’m not using this tote I still transfer the small zipper pouch to whichever other bag I’ll be using.
I considered its price very high at the time I bought it. But my Target satchel that was just $8 less died on me within a year, and I had to spend even more money to buy another bag. This tote has already doubled that lifespan at just $8 more!
Another tote that looks really nice, though is more expensive, is a Sole Society one HERE. Comes in cognac and black. More totes below, all between $24 and $65. They all come in multiple colors!
WEAR & TEAR: I’ve only had it for about 2 months, but I’ve used this nearly everyday as well and it looks new. But time will tell, of course. For now I really appreciate this bag and feel the stitching is good for what it is.
– There’s a zippered pocket and a smaller open pocket inside.
– The magnetic closure catches smoothly. I have another bag similar to this (but only works for the summer) and that button closure isn’t positioned well and it’s actually annoying to close the bag. The closure on this bag is great in that sense.
– The strap is adjustable.
You probably recognize it from many of my outfit pics lately. It should go without saying that I REALLYYYYYYYYY like this bag. It goes with almost everything and it’s seriously perfect for fall. Find it HERE!
More cute crossbody bags, all under $50. I reallyyyyy love #4! And #2! And #3! Okay, all of them really. If you’re looking for the smallest one, I think it’s Option 4. Option 2 comes in black, tan, or grey. (Grey is HERE for #2).
I got this during the NSale a year ago and it’s available again this season in cognac and black HERE!
WEAR & TEAR:
I don’t use it as often as the two bags above, but I’m still impressed that 1 year in and there are no scratches on the bottom of this bag! It’s held up very well so far.
– The faux leather has a cool pebbled texture.
– It holds its shape even if it’s empty, which is actually really helpful. Some bucket bags collapse and look weird unless they’re super full.
– Comes with a small one-button closure pouch
– Inside lining feels like felt, but the bottom inside is the same pebbled faux leather as the outside.
– Adjustable strap
NOTES: The ONE thing I dislike is that it’s hard to open and close. But I like everything else about it!
They’re all from Sole Society, which is sold at Nordstrom so you get the free shipping and free returns in case they don’t work out. I haven’t seen any of these in person, but I have 3 Sole Society bags (all in my top 8 bags) that I really, really, really love. Those are fantastic quality, which make me hopeful that any of these animal print clutches would be as well.
So, I’m reallyyyyy curious. I feel like for a style blogger I have a relatively small number of handbags. But my guess is compared to most PMT readers, since many of you come here for help rebuilding a wardrobe, 8 is actually a lot. (Even though 3 of them are only for special occasions!) How many bags are in your wardrobe?