Drawstring bags

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The Throwback
Saved by the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar is hotter than ever on Franklin & Bash, and Cory and Topanga are returning to TV in the reboot of Boy Meets World, so it only makes sense that another late-'90s hit is experiencing a revival: the drawstring (or bucket) bag. Nearly as spacious as a tote, it's great for women on the run. However, the top closes so you don't have to worry about the contents spilling out as you dash from one place to another. Plus, the teardrop shape is perfect for switching up your look without changing your outfit—it lends a funky, casual tone to whatever you're wearing.

Like the tote, it's important to check the handles, since you can (and will) cram a lot into this bag. Also pay attention to the drawstring—or clasp—closure. If it slides open easily, it will only get looser over time.

Clockwise from top left: Marais Alvina Bucket Bag by Sam Edelman, $118; Nordstrom.com. Lily Drawstring Tote by T Tahari, $198; Nordstrom.com. Drawstring bag, $139; Dooney.com. Michael Michael Kors Marina Drawstring Canvas Tote, $198; SaksFifthAvenue.com. Pastel Colourblock Duffle, $62; Accessorize.com.
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