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The Best Handbags Offer Instant Polish

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There are real benefits to having a hands-free bag like a messenger bag or fanny pack. But for all the buzz surrounding this utilitarian accessory detail, there are some good old-fashioned handbags worth mentioning — with your hands — to the drums. The best handbags span multiple categories, from petite party purses and charming bucket buckets to structured shapes and elegant satchels. The familiar lines of the upright handle make the art of carrying a handbag purposeful, and maybe even more fun?

This season, you can look forward to some great options in the category. In the summer collections, there are woven bags with top handles from brands like Prada and Hereu. There are also some party-friendly design details moving forward, including beading, crystals, and bow decorations. You can also opt for refurbished classics that tick the “polished style” box nicely. First, option to start the search.

The Envelope

The structured envelope wallet is the cornerstone of elegant, professional style. Back at the office with a tote designed with this elegant closure – bonus points if it has a hint of stylish hardware.

The Row Sofia Handbag

Gucci Horsebit724 Mini Bag

ATP Atelier Arezzo Leather Tote

Chloé Penelope Tote

Tory Burch Kira Mini Tote

Saint Laurent Cassandra Tote Bag

Bamboo handle

BAMBOO Even if you’re not near the beach, the handles give off a resort vibe, which is reason enough to buy a tote made from this tropical material. Pair it with a linen blazer or floral midi dress; it’s a versatile choice.

Gucci Bamboo724 Small top handbag

Jil Sander Mini Leather Tote Bag

Brother Vellies Bamboo Sac

Cult Gaia Ozzy Mini Tassel Tote

Serpui Abigail Wicker Tote

The Croc Effect

The artful ingenuity of crocodile embossed leather translates into some of the season’s most glamorous handbag releases with top handle silhouettes. Choose the brightly colored version for a party staple, or the neutral version for a minimal look.

JW Pei Fae Top Handle Crossbody Bag

Balenciaga Hourglass XS Crossbody Bag

Frame Le Signature Tote

Alexander McQueen Skull Tote Bag

Vince Little Liffner Slanted Mini Tote

Coperni Mini Ladies Handbag

The Party Bag

Skip the straps on festive night and grab a tote to complement your party look. Crystals, beads, bows, and more—the best ones provide a touch of texture.

Benedetta Bruzziches Lucia in the Sky Handbag

Self-Portrait The Bow Micro Leather Tote

Self-Portrait Bow Detail Shoulder Bag

Valentino Garavani VSLING 3D Sequin Top – Handbag

Proenza Schouler Embellished Leather Tote Bag

Amina Muaddi Amini Betty Crystal Handle Box Bag

The Woven

straw bag is perfect for warmer weather, and you’ll be spoiled for choice thanks to the texture of this weave paired perfectly with the shape of the petite top handle.

Hereu Alqueria Straw Leather Tote

Manebi Summer Raffia Tote

Prada Panier Wicker Canvas Bag

Ralph Lauren Collection Mini Wicker Basket Tote

East and West

horizontal section The bag has a special feel when designed with a top handle profile that is polished. Take your tote instead of your everyday tote to your lunch date.

Bottega Veneta Cabat Woven Leather Tote

Jacquemus Le Chiquito Long Leather Tote

Loewe Paseo Leather Shoulder Bag

Dentro Otto Tote

Ferragamo Iconic Tote

Savette Slim Handbag


What could be better for a summer picnic than a bucket bag designed in the shape of a round lunch bucket? With its built-in top handle, strolls in the park – swinging your arms around – feel organized.

Cesta Collective Lunchpail


46376663162443106Longchamp Épure Bucket Bag


1647597303242573Chloé Sense Leather Bucket Bag



42243094839470 Sensi Studio Straw Bucket Bag



0400014183310The Row Mini Leo Nubuck Bucket Bag



3004981 Jacquemus Seau Faux Raffia Leather Bucket Bag




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