I know black is fashion’s #1 color, and while I get it, I still love a little brightness. But if you must go black, choose something embellished (just not so much so that it takes away from the reason you need a black bag – for versatility). You don’t want your bag to be a wallflower. Of course skins are the best solution, but laser cutouts, pony hair, and PVC are some more creative ways to give it a sense of intrigue.
Valentino Rockstud Leather Dome Handbag: Rockstuds always add some extra edge. But this bag isn’t just a showpiece – it’s the perfect size for the carrying around your laptop and papers at work. At Nordstrom for $2,095.
Alaïa Fireworks-Studded Leather Tote: Studs hit a sweeter note with this starburst pattern. Versatile enough to use everyday, but special enough to plan an outfit around – I’m thinking a ‘50s Mad Men sheath dress. On Net-a-Porter for $5,805.
Maiyet Large Peyton Calf Hair and Leather Shopper: Maiyet is still a new kid on the block in the bag game, but that’s a good thing – nothing about their pieces is tired or overdone. This soft calf hair bag has wings that you can keep in or out – I say let it fly. On Net-a-Porter for $2,250.
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Leather and PVC Tote: This fold-over PVC and leather tote is the nicest plastic bag I’ve ever seen (and the most eco-friendly)! On Net-a-Porter for $750.
Nancy Gonzalez A-Frame Crocodile Medium Satchel Bag: Nancy Gonzalez modernizes the elegant A-Frame bag with what else? Croc. At Neiman Marcus for $3,150.