I REALLY don't understand purses. This is an area where I never, ever splurge. My mother and sister love purses and they spend hundreds of dollars for something that...just looks like a purse. It has some purse-y hardware like knobs and clips and buckles and studs. Some pockets. Straps, some useful, some not. But it just looks like a purse. BORING. Whenever they ask if I like their new purse, I have a hard time not saying "it looks like ALL of your other purses"
So, these are the purses I like, arranged loosely by price.
The super-high end stuff is conceptual and visually interesting. That Asher Levine squid-like bag was the first bag I fell in love with. Wowzers. Also, I love natural wood*, and I'd imagine the ebony clutch up there (click on the picture to get the sourcing info...it's all on polyvore) would be light and a joy to hold.
Fringe bags are very versatile as is the brown suitcase-type bag up there by Frye. This kind of style looks better in brown IMO, since black looks too corporate. I love military-inspired backpacks--and not just cause I'm rivethead-at-heart. Or because I love the hobo street-kid look. Backpacks usually indicate adventure and travel to me, and this kind of bag design intensifies that. Also POCKETS.
My low-priced bags are probably the most wearable. I love bags that you just open and grab what you need. I hate fussing with clips and zips and whatever. Also, leather is so damn heavy. I've been trying to build some muscle, but omg. Which is why I love love canvas totebags. They keep everything you need in the least amount of material, are light, and have cool patterns. The hologram tote up there is a cool upgrade and I personally love the t-shirt backpack. This has been in my DIY pile forever. They're so light and comfortable! Ring clutches are probably the only bag I wouldn't be embarrassed to dance with.
Thoughts? What's your favorite bag?
*I hope there's going to be more wood patterns in the future. I first saw this two years ago and I'm praying that the trend will take off one day!!! All I have are these leggings and some wood earrings...Still on the lookout. Always.