When shopping for a new everyday handbag, we all want to find 'the one'. It should fit in seamlessly with your lifestyle – not to mention the rest of your wardrobe – and be practical as well as polished. Most importantly, your perfect bag for everyday should be something that you will cherish for years to come.
Taking into account style, colour, material and size, there's a lot to think about before you invest. Consider our guide a starting point in choosing the best everyday handbag for you.
The crossbody bag is ideal for keeping essentials at hand while multi-tasking on the go. This lightweight style has a long strap that can be adjusted to fit, sitting close to the body for added security. A hands-free design, it makes an excellent partner for busy days and long nights.
Crossbody bags tend to be on the smaller side, so check the dimensions beforehand to make sure it's large enough for you. Choose a simple square or rectangular shape that is structured to hold everything you need to go about your day. A zip-around style will allow easy access and achieve a more minimalist look, while fold-over designs give you the option of elegant hardware.
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For those days with a never-ending to-do list, a tote bag is the answer – and a stylish one at that. Large enough to be a work handbag, it can carry your laptop, commuter trainers and much more. Leather is an excellent option as it will hold up well against heavier contents. Choose a vibrant block shade with polished gold hardware for an eye-catching day-to-night look.
Check the interior of the handbag before purchasing to make sure you're happy with the amount of storage inside. If you're in need of more organisation, you could opt for a design with a removable pouch to help keep important items to hand.
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Stylish and spacious, the classic shoulder bag is one of the best everyday handbags for throwing bits and bobs into. With plenty of room for your keys, phone and purse, it’s easy to grab things when you need them. The over-the-shoulder straps tend to have a generous drop, too, so you can stay comfortable on the go. The liberal opening means you can quickly add whatever you accumulate throughout your day.
Consider a muted shade such as taupe or black for easy everyday styling; you can always attach a silk scarf or fluffy pom pom to the handles when you're in need of a pop of colour. Choosing a hardwearing leather such as Saffiano will ensure the bag is durable, scratch-resistant and water-repellent.
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The most obvious benefit of the much-loved backpack is its hands-free capabilities. It sits neatly on the back to distribute its weight evenly, allowing you to go about your day in comfort without compromising on style.
The spacious interior and smart storage capacity mean this design will see you through family picnics, the commute, on adventurous holidays and beyond. Browse smooth leather designs in neutral shades for an understated finish, or go bold with contrasting colours and playful prints. Handy design features include top handles, easy-access zipped pockets, padded straps and wipe-clean interiors (especially convenient for those with little ones).
It's all in the name: this chic bag is usually handheld, but can also be slung over the shoulder – choose one with a removable strap if you want to mix it up. The roomy construction allows plenty of room for your sunglasses, makeup and anything else you might need while showing off this polished design.
The sleek, squared-off silhouette of the grab bag has stayed timeless through decades of changing fashion. Jewel tones work especially well with its ladylike structure; you could opt for an eye-catching colour-blocked style in turquoise or ruby red. Try a textured leather to add a subtly luxurious twist.
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The ultimate work handbag, a versatile satchel bag offers a sophisticated approach to functional design. One of the most appealing features is the amount of organisation available, with plenty of interior space alongside convenient slip pockets and a padded area for your laptop.
Get the most out of your investment and choose a style with an additional crossbody strap. This is ideal for when you need your hands free, navigating days in the office or collecting the kids from school. You could also opt for a vibrant print to counterbalance the simple design – and add some colour to your Monday mornings.
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Anchored on the belief that we all deserve a functional yet attractive handbag for everyday, our edit will help you find the style that's worthy of your investment. Whether it's a deceptively roomy tote you can throw over your shoulder or a sleek work handbag with an easy-access fastening, we've got all your bases covered at House of Fraser.