Designer handbags are probably some of the most lusted after fashion items around. There’s a designer handbag for every need, one for every occasion and one for every mood! Someday I’m going to have a special, magical closet just for designer handbags (and shoes!) Until then, I’ll just have to window shop these divine top designer handbags! Won’t you join me?
1. Alexander McQueen De-Manta Leather Tote
Price: $1450.00 at net-a-porter.com
Every woman needs a classic black tote as part of her capsule wardrobe and this gorgeous bag by Alexander McQueen more than fits the bill. It’s simple and chic with the super power of adding instant style cred to any outfit, be it day or night.
2. Mulberry Oversized Alexa Bag
Price: $1550.00 at net-a-porter.com
Satchels have always been among my favourite kinds of bags. This one is a modern take on a classic Mulberry design. Carry this fabulous designer bag with high waisted pants and a silk shirt to channel your inner Annie Hall!
3. Yves Saint Laurent Cabas Chyc Medium Tote
Price: $1990.00 at net-a-porter.com
Want a more classic design when it comes to your designer handbags? This chic handbag comes in a versatile saffron hue and features a ‘Y’ shaped fastening at the front. It’s perfect for adding some class to an outfit and will surely last you for years to come.
4. Balenciaga Arena Classic City Bag
Price: $1545.00a t barneys.com
This design has been a best seller for Balenciaga for a few years now. It’s got a cool motorcycle inspired design and is available in a range of sizes and colours. Worn with skinny jeans and a basic tee, you’ll be channelling your inner model off-duty in no time at all.
5. Miu Miu Bow Leather Tote
Price: $1650.00 at net-a-porter.com
This bag is a popular seller for Miu Miu. It has a ladylike design (who doesn’t love some bow detailing?) and is perfect for carrying around your everyday needs. The navy colour of this particular bag is also a nice update on your typical neutrals.
6. Mulberry Bayswater Leather Bag
Price: $1600.00 at net-a-porter.com
The Mulberry Bayswater is a timeless designer bag. It’s one of the most iconic bags for the Mulberry fashion house and comes in various sizes and finishes. This one comes in a super sleek snake-effect finish, which is perfect for vamping up a plain old outfit.
7. Proenza Schouler PS11 Classic Shoulder Bag
Price: $1950.00 at net-a-porter.com
Designer ‘It’ bags come and go. Right now, the PS11 is enjoying a lot of popularity. I love that it’s a bit of a new take on the classic satchel, complete with edgy silver hardware.
8. Chloe Medium Paraty Python Satchel
Price: $3820.00 at barneys.com
This designer handbag would make a delightful addition to an outfit. Snakeskin finishes are quite timeless when it comes to handbag designs, and this one comes in a beautiful peachy pink colour. It’d look great worn with an outfit of neutrals for a light, relaxed look.
9. Alexander Wang Rocco Textured Leather Bag
Price: $875.00 at net-a-porter.com
Alexander Wang is the purveyor of ‘cool’ these days. The Rocco bag is probably one of the top designer handbags in recent times. The duffle style is perfect for working a sport luxe look and the studding at the bottom adds some edginess. While usually seen in black, this red number is a racy take on the original.
10. Givenchy Medium Zanzi Nightingale
Price: $2020.00 at barneys.com
The slouchy, fuss free design of this designer handbag makes it quite versatile. You can carry it by the top handles or wear it slung on your shoulder thanks to a detachable shoulder strap. This bag is available in a range of colours, but this season you just can’t go past a good navy number.
11. Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Suede Satchel
Price: $1695.00 at net-a-porter.com
Proenza Schouler really know how to churn out the ‘It’ bags. Satchels have been quite popular lately and this one is easily recognizable. Depending on what colour and finish you get, it can be anything from a versatile everyday bag to something more statement making (like this one!)
12. Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière 30
Price: $1,390.00 louisvuitton.com
This is one of the most recognizable Louis Vuitton bags out there. This bag will likely never go out of style with it's gorgeous, classic look. It's great for travel or everyday use since you can use with as a hand, shoulder or cross-body carry.
13. Prada Saffiano Bag
Price: $2,200.00 saksfifthavenue.com
Who can say no to Prada? Of course there's a hefty price tag, but who can deny that this is a beautiful purse? The classic shape is perfect for everyday use or saving for a special occasion. You're guaranteed to make a statement in any room without having to be flashy.
14. Fendi 2Jours Colorblock Shopping Tote Bag
Price: $2,400.00 bergdorfgoodman.com
Personally, I love color blocking. This purse is a perfect way to be subtle and bold at the same time. Who can deny the beauty of a Fendi bag? Add some color to your outfit, or your whole wardrobe, with this eye catching, statement making purse.
15. Miu Miu Madras Bicolor Leather Tote
Price: $1,500.00 saksfifthavenue.com
To sum this bag up in three words: classic, simple and elegant. Imagine the looks you'll get walking down the street with this on your arm. Added perk? It also has a detachable crossbody strap for those days when you don't want to worry about carrying a bag in the traditional sense.
If there was ever a dream list of designer handbags, I’m sure a lot of these bags would find their way onto it. What would make it onto your list of top designer bags? And which ones will you be dreaming about tonight?
This article was written in collaboration with editor Lydia Sheehan.