Over the years, I’ve purchased a handful of designer bags. Some of them are perfect for everyday use, while others are better for occasional use, like my Chanel bags. A designer bag can come in all shapes, styles and sizes to fit anyone’s lifestyle and preferences. Today, I’m sharing the best everyday designer bags.
The Best Everyday Designer Bags
Why are designer bags perfect for everyday use? Their quality is likely superior because of the materials they’re made from and how they are crafted. If you want a bag that can stand the test of time, purchasing a luxury bag might be your best bet. I also like the idea of purchasing an investment piece that can be passed down to family members.
Best Designer Crossbody Bags for Everyday Use
I’ve had this leather crossbody bag since the beginning of 2020, and it’s one of my most carried designer bags to this day. It features gold hardware and an adjustable strap with a 22 inch drop. What I love most about this bag is that is can fit quite a lot for its size. So when you’re thinking of carrying day to day, it’s a great option to keep all your necessities in. It’s made of calfskin leather with a removable tassel on the strap. I blogged about this particular bag HERE.
Similar to the YSL Crossbody Bag is the Gucci Soho Bag. I’ve had this one since 2016. It features a textured leather, which is more durable compared to some other leathers. It retails for about $1,790, which is just over $100 more than what the YSL option retails for. Because the logo is embroidered, it feels a bit more casual. It comes in a few other colors like black, red and orange, but doesn’t have the color range that the YSL Camera Bag does. I blogged about this bag HERE.
If you’re wanting a slightly smaller designer handbag, this Saint Laurent Mini Camera Bag is a great option. Its size dimensions are 7.75″W x 2″D x 4.75″H. This bag features a beautiful gold chain crossbody strap, which elevates the bag’s overall appearance. This would be a great accessory for an upscale event like a wedding, holiday party, happy hour or other dressy event too!
This Clare V. Turnlock flap bag allows you to go hands-free. For the busy woman on the go, this is a convenient bag to throw on and carry throughout the day. It comes in an emerald and black color and features a removable strap to change out, if you want to customize your look.
Best Everyday Designer Tote Bags
The next category for the best everyday designer bags is totes! Totes are amazing to bring to work, as a makeshift diaper bag or other times you need to carry more than just your basic necessities.
This Chloé Woody Tote is a great option because it’s casual and neutral to be paired with most outfits. It comes in several other color combinations, but love this above color combo for everyday use. You can read all the details about this gorgeous tote bag HERE.
The Tory Burch Tote is both functional and an overall great value for a designer bag. At just under $400, this tote bag is made of Italian pebbled leather. It has a center zip compartment to fit a laptop, and multiple interior pockets for optimal storage and organization. It comes in five other colors and features protective metal feet to easily sit on the floor without the bottom of the bag touching the floor.
The Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote has probably been my most carried designer tote bag. Tim gifted me this when I graduated from physical therapy school, so it’s super special in that regard too. I carried this to and from work when I was working as a PT, and never had any issues with fitting anything and everything in here from makeup to my laptop to an extra pair of shoes.
There are several ways you can keep a tote bag from becoming a black hole. You can use various makeup bags to organize certain things in each. Or you can purchase a tote organizer as well. I blogged about this bag HERE.
The Mulberry Bayswater Tote is a timeless design with a removable shoulder strap that you can use to carry the tote crossbody or over your shoulder. It features a beautiful suede lining with an interior slip pocket. The Bayswater line has multiple sizes, but find the small to be just the right size for everyday use. This bag can be styled with a variety of looks from dressy to casual, which makes this the perfect bag to carry every day.
Best Designer Backpacks
This modern take on a backpack is made of Re-Nylon, which uses recycled, purified plastic material from the ocean. So not only is this backpack functional and chic, it’s doing good for the earth too. What’s convenient about the nylon is that is wipes clean easily. Additionally, with it being black, it won’t show every little mark.
This style of bag, like the crossbody, allows you to be hands-free. It would be a great option for moms or for travel. If you want something that’s a little bigger, this bag comes in a “medium” size too. Pair this bag with casual outfits like jeans and sweaters or shorts and tees.
If you’re looking for a backpack that’s a little more elevated, this soft pebble leather with glove tanned leather trimming is a great option! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this past summer featured some amazing Coach handbags. And since then, have been top of mind for me. This is also at a great price point for a designer handbag at under $500. The mix of the dark brown and light brown are a color combination that can be carried all year round.
Best Designer Shoulder Bags
Shoulder bags can take you from work to a night out without having to change handbags. This first option has a beautiful braided handle with a magnetic closure flap. The brand has an interesting back story where two designers met at Parsons School of Design, who collaborated on a school project that was successful. In 2002, they launched Proenza Schouler – which is a combination of their mothers’ maiden names.
This Fendi Baguette bag is made of lambskin leather. It features a top handle with an optional shoulder strap to carry on your shoulder or crossbody. The dimensions of this bag are 6.5″H x 2″W x 10.5″L. With this bag, you could fit your phone, keys, small wallet and other small necessities. With this style of handbag, workwear looks would be perfect to pair with the Fendi Baguette.
This shoulder bag has accompanied me in many, many photos over the years because it’s so versatile to carry with a variety of outfits. It comes in a range of colors and made of a soft chevron-quilted leather. It’s large enough to hold an iPad pro, and the chain can convert to a shoulder or crossbody strap. At under $600, it’s also at a great price point for it being a designer bag.
Best Designer Belt Bags
With belt bags being all the rage lately, it felt fitting to include a few in this round up. This Saint Laurent belt bag is made of a canvas material. The buckle is metal engraved with Saint Laurent Paris. Inside, it has one interior pocket with three card slots. This bag also has one zippered pocket in the back. This is the perfect bag to carry with you for travel, on walks or playdates with your kids.
For a more elevated look, this Clare V. Grande Fanny bag checks all the boxes. It comes in 12 different colors and patterns with a good amount of room for it being a belt-bag style. Instead of it having a buckle strap, it has an adjustable 12-hole strap for a more sophisticated vibe.
What’s your favorite everyday designer bag? Let me know below!