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Top 10 classic handbags right now

It seems every season we are seeking the current IT bag of the moment. While there are many IT bags on the market, there are always classic handbags out there which catch our eyes.

What is a classic handbag? To understand this, we need to ask ourselves what makes one handbag more classic than another handbag? A classic handbag is one which withstands the test of time. Timeless handbags have stood on the IT bag pedestal, and when another IT bag du jour stepped into the limelight, the previous IT bag never faltered; it never became cliché.

The reason I have titled this article “Top 10 classic handbags right now,” instead of saying “all time,” is because this list will change very year, or every few years. There are always new IT bags emerging in the fashion world which will eventually fall into obscurity, or rise to classis status.

There are several IT bags on the market right now which are hot for the moment. They may, or may not, become classics over time. To see the hottest bags on the street right now, visit my post here. For classic handbags, read on!

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 classic handbags right now.

  1. Hermes Birkin or Kelly: Groundbreaking right? You already knew this one! The Birkin and the Kelly have sleek lines and they are customizable in different sizes, colors, and fabrications. There is nothing gimmicky about the styling. The silhouette is chic and timeless, making it a classic handbag.

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  2. Givenchy Antigona: Say whaaaat? Oh yes, this is the perfect example of a recent IT bag turned classic IT bag. The Givenchy Antigona has slid into the closet staple category; everyone feels the need to own at least one. It has a classic doctor bag silhouette and is offered in mini, small, medium and large sizes as well as several colors, and different fabrications. This is must-have for the modern age.

  3. Chanel Classic Flap or 2.55 shoulder bag: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Every handbag fan out there needs at least one in her closet. The classic flap and the 2.55 come in mini, small, medium, and jumbo versions. All sizes are hot, all colors enviable, and all fabrications lust worthy.

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  4. Chanel Boy bag. Another example of a recent, modern IT bag turned classic. This bag has an edgy slant to it, surprising many when it became an instant hit. Since Chanel keeps reinventing this now-classic style every season, it is one of the most sought-after handbags of all time. Invest in at least one. It is the ultimate classic, casual shoulder bag to own.

  5. Chloe Marcie satchel: This casual, closet staple has held IT bag status for over a decade. The popular colors include black, beige, and caramel. This is a great everyday bag Chloe Girls love to own! It has an unique design which is slightly boho. The bag is easy to use and extremely durable, making it the IT bag for everyday.
  6. Gucci Boston Bag: This is a classic duffle satchel. It has been around fooooor-eva! The Gucci Boston is an everyday bag which is quite casual. It has a roomy interior making it great for girls who like to tote a lot of things around. Vintage versions can be found for well under $1000, making it a budget-wise purchase from the pre-loved market.
  7. Stella McCartney Falabella Tote: This vegan handbag is loved by celebrities and comes in small or large sizes. The Falabella is also available in many different colors making it a fun, everyday bag. The smaller versions can be worn for dressier occasions; not formal, just dressy.

  8. Balenciaga City Tote: The City Tote put handbag zippers and tassels on the map. This soft and scrunchy bag is roomy and practical, making it a go-to everyday bag on casual days. Balenciaga introduces it in new colors every season creating a market of superfans who collect the bag in every color imaginable. The most popular color among handbag lovers is Anthracite.
  9. Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote: This might be one of the most recognizable totes on the planet. The plain, simple design of the Neverfull has made it an easy go-to tote for Fashionistas everywhere. Almost everyone has it in their closet. It is a go-to when traveling, beach-bound, and the like.

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  10. Chloe Drew: This chic, 1970s inspired shoulder bag has a very of-the-moment saddle bag silhouette, yet it has proven to withstand the test of fleeting IT bag status. The Chloe Drew is extremely sought after, and continues to sell well in every color, fabrication, and unique style Chloe has thrown to market. This is most the modern of the current, classic IT bags.

What do you think of the handbags that made the list? Any surprises or bags you felt were missing? Data for this list was compiled through social media post frequency, natural observation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and online popularity. I worked on collecting data for this list over the course of six months, I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to comment below, I would love to hear what you have observed where you live too!

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Fendi DotCom satchel review

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Pictured: Fendi DotCom  in dove grey / book / lipstick

The Fendi DotCom satchel is one of the hottest new handbags of 2016. Fendi is already known for designing beautiful, high quality, timeless handbags, so when they launched the Fendi DotCom, I knew it would be a winner!

The initial launch of the Fendi DotCom satchel offers the handbag in a creamy milk hue, classic black, cool sky blue, bark, red, and dove grey. There are also versions with whip-stitching!. Although the black with cobalt clutch insert was calling my name,  I already have a couple of black satchels, so I decided to go for the dove grey since I do not own a satchel in this neutral hue. I am so glad I went with this color! The dove grey will be a beautiful light color for the spring and summer months; plus it is a color which transcends season. Love!

The Fendi DotCom satchel is made from smooth leather with a suede interior. The leather can scratch, which I already found out, but the scratch blends into the leather and cannot be easily seen without really looking hard. I have a feeling over time, the leather will soften a bit and offer a beautiful patina. I am looking forward to it aging a bit.

I love the versatility of the Fendi DotCom satchel. It has two large compartments with two equal interior pockets which each fit an iPhone perfectly. The interior clutch is offered in a contrasting color, mine is poppy. The clutch is great for storing small items such as keys or lipstick. It can also be removed and worn as a clutch. This makes the Fendi DotCom a great day into evening bag. You can go from work to dinner just by removing the clutch and carrying it in lieu of the satchel. Love that!

There are two ways to carry the Fendi DotCom satchel. There is a classic lady bag satchel top handle which can be worn over the forearm, or carried by hand. The Fendi DotCom satchel also offers a detachable shoulder strap which allows the bag to hang at the hip. The straps are on the thick side; making them extremely comfortable. I am in love!

The interior is roomy enough to carry file folders for work, an iPad, a book, and I can detach the lens from my DSLR camera and place both parts in the bag. It is great! This is a perfect satchel for work if you do not have to carry too many things with you. It has a beautiful formal, structured look which looks fabulous with office attire, dressy attire, daytime fundraiser ensembles, and a fabulous lunch outfit. This can easily be a workhorse handbag.

The Fendi DotCom satchel is currently part of Fendi’s resort 2016 collection, but it will be continuing for many seasons to come since it is already proving to be popular. The handbag is selling out fast!

If you want to get your hands on one of the first Fendi DotCom satchels, you can find it online here, here, here, and here.

Tory Burch Robinson Mini satchel review

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Pictured: Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel in iceberg (color on sale now!) / ring / book / sunglasses / lipstick / wallet

The Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel is a smaller version of Tory Burch’s wildly popular Robinson satchel. This cute little handbag offers the same functionality as the larger version, at a smaller yet practical size. Love!

When one thinks of a mini satchel, one thinks of an extremely tiny handbag which can carry a set of keys, small wallet, and smart phone. Not the case with the Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel! This cute little handbag has the interior capacity of a regular,  medium sized handbag.

As you can see in the photos above, the Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel can easily fit a wallet, keys, lipstick, sunglasses, phone, and a novel with room to spare. I have also carried three iPad mini’s for my children inside of my Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel along with my wallet, keys, sunglasses, lipstick and phone. Now THAT’s interior capacity at it’s best!

The Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel is made from sturdy saffiano leather. This type of leather is a life-saver during the fall and winter months. Since we are experiencing an El Nino year here in Northern California, we have been getting a ton of rain. The saffiano leather is fabulous in the rain! It repels the water, keeps everything inside dry, and does not get ruined. In fact, you cannot tell my satchel has been in a downpour. This is perfection!

The Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel is also lightweight; so you can stuff it full of things you need without it already weighing a ton. This beautiful handbag can be worn three ways; as a shoulder bag with the two top handles down, carried by hand, or draped over the forearm for a chic look which displays your handbag. As a handbag addict, I prefer to wear mine on my forearm; but since I have three kids, I find myself throwing it over my shoulder often. I love the versatility!

The interior of the Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel offers ample organization. Unlike most mini bags which usually have one pocket or less, the mini Robinson offers a three tiered pocket on one side, and a zipper pocket on the other side. This allows a place for your phone, receipts, keys, or anything small you want to keep separate from the main compartment of the handbag.

There is also a detachable shoulder strap on the Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel. This detachable shoulder strap can be left on to give you the versatility you need on the go, or removed for a dressier, classic satchel look.

If you are looking for an IT bag, the Tory Burch Robinson satchel in both the regular, and mini sizes, is an IT bag on the handbag world. This beautiful handbag is carried by Tory Burch every season in both classic colors, as well as seasonal hues.

I absolutely love my Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel, and am currently eyeing the larger version. My Robinson satchel is Iceberg, a seasonal color for winter, and is currently on sale here. You can find the Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel in a variety of colors online here, here, here, and here.

I hope you love your Tory Burch Robinson mini satchel as much as I do!

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