Classic handbags aren’t just for older women who we might consider “stuck in the past”. Timeless treasures, they are beautiful, high-quality bags and generally black or brown. The classic bag oozes class and style. Handbags hold women’s essentials and signify her personal style statement.

Things to Consider when Purchasing a Classic Handbag

Just because a purse is utilitarian doesn’t mean it must be tacky. Classics are now standard; so, don’t buy a trendy knock-off that’s here today and gone tomorrow. Fashionistas have an ongoing collection of iconic handbags from the elegant Hermes to the classic Chanel and Louis Vuitton. These classic handbags will last you forever and may even become a family heirloom that is passed down through generations.

When handbag shopping, put your focus on how you will use it. For example, a classic shoulder bag may best serve to carry the items you will need for a day at the office, like your cell phone, wallet, makeup bag, snacks, etc.

You can identify the classic satchel by its flat bottom and top handles. The leather satchel is also ideal for daily wear to the office and for business travel. Shop for one that incorporates inner and outer compartments so that you can organize essentials. Add a touch of panache to any outfit with the timeless style of a leather satchel. Some include detachable shoulder straps for ease of carrying.

The crossbody bag is safer to wear than an ordinary purse. Identify it by the extra-long strap that allows you to wear it across your chest. Typically, the crossbody bag is smaller than other handbags. Ideal for shopping trips or anytime you are walking somewhere, there is a potential for theft. It is hard for a would-be purse snatcher to rip off the crossbody bag.

The classic evening clutch is a small, rectangular-shaped black satin bag that is “clutched” in hand. If you want one with refined bling, select an evening clutch with a bejeweled clasp.

Bucket bags are fun when you’re going for a casual look. They are shaped like a bucket and have a drawstring for closure. Most have a shoulder strap. Now available are the anti-theft versions with a long, crossbody strap.

What Color is Your Classic Handbag?

Black is black. Despite designer efforts, there was, is and will never be a “new” black. You can wear a black bag anywhere, with anything, and know you are in style. Brown is a rich color. If you already own several black purses, consider making your next purchase brown.

Iconic Handbags

You don’t need an iconic handbag, but chances are you want to start your own collection of classic designer bags. Let’s explore some popular iconic handbags.

Louis Vuitton originated the ‘Speedy’ handbag at Audrey Hepburn’s behest for a smaller version of his huge ‘Keepall’ travel bag. He did, and as it is said, “The rest is history.”

Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was the first designer to observe the need for a handbag that would free up women’s hands (her own included). In 1955, Coco Chanel launched the 2.55 quilted bag with gold-plated chain shoulder straps.

It features quilted leather in a diamond-shaped pattern. The inner lining is highlighted with a pop of color in burgundy. Chanel’s 2.55 bag has been coined the flap bag, referring to its front flap closure.

Even though defined by its sportiness, the Hermès Birkin shouts prestige for the wearer. Rightly so, since it ranges in price from $40,000 – $500,000. Each of the Hermès Birkin leather bags are crafted by hand, making them exclusive to the wearer.

Classic handbags for women blend function with flair. Iconic handbags have become prestigious and contribute to the modern woman’s self-confidence.

Classic handbag or not, the right one is the handbag you love.