The 5 Handbags Every Woman Should Own
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.