On the Classic Black Bag

classic black bags for budget and splurge

What color would you say all the handbags in your closet are? Quick inventory shows that mine are mostly varying shades of camel, pale tan, and navy, of all things. I only have one black handbag, and it’s always been a primarily “winter only” bag. I dunno — something about the black handbag felt heavy to me, like it was too serious and better suited for dreary winter days.

Recently though, I’ve been reevaluating my stance. I noticed I’d been bookmarking a couple different black accessories, notably this tote from Oliveve (one of my faves!), and this gorgeous crossbody saddle bag from Cuyana. When I found myself eyeing this black drawstring bucket bag (that top handle on it sold me!), I figured it might be high time to reverse my position. Below, a selection of gorgeous, classic black bags I’ve rounded up. It’s also worth noting that all the items marked with ‘Sale Alert’ are currently part of Shopbop’s spring sale, which runs from today through Saturday. It’s one of those tiered sales — you can get anywhere from 15% to 25% off, depending on how much you spend. Which is why I scooped up the Oliveve bag late last night. Insert pink-cheeked emoji here. I can’t say enough good things about this LA-based company — I bought the Zoe tote last year in a smaller size (in light navy, pre-black bag obsession) and love it.

What about you? Are you a classic black bag kinda gal? Or is your handbag a way to inject a little color into your everyday ensembles?

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  1. 3.1.16
    Iris said:

    I used to only have dark coloured handbags. Lately, I’ve purchased a few which are in colour. Not bright colours but different than my usual black or grey.

  2. 3.1.16

    The mini saddle bag is SO cute! I tried not to be a black handbag kind of girl for a couple of years and resorted to gray and taupe but ultimately have returned to trusty black because it goes with almost everything in my closet.

  3. 3.1.16
    Kyah said:

    I so agree with you that most of my handbags used to be most colours other than black! However since buying a classic black handbag, I’m a total convert and find myself loving them as an easier option than matching another colour to another outfit.
    Seriously obsessed with each and every one of these handbags!
    Kyah / http://www.weekendtempo.com

  4. 3.2.16

    Such beautiful picks. I got a black leather backpack for our trip to Paris and Amsterdam this past January and literally use it all the time now. Initially I had thought it would just be good for carrying my camera and lenses, but I think it adds such a simple, casual elegance.