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The 8 Most Practical Designer Handbags

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1. The Chanel GST (Grand Shopping Tote)

Chanel is near the top of the food chain for luxury brands. Women dream of owning at least one bag from this legendary haute couture brand. While the Classic Flap and Le Boy bag are popular, they are not the most practical due to their very high price and weight.

The Chanel GST is the perfect option for a career-oriented woman to use on a daily basis. This luxurious tote bag fits all of your business essentials and makes you look incredibly sharp to your high-end clients.

Unfortunately, the GST has been discontinued by Chanel. But, not to worry, you can still find many GST totes on the pre-loved market. Go with the classic black caviar leather for a classic look. A lighter-coloured GST is perfect for the summer season or when you are out with the family.


2. Louis Vuitton Pochette Métis

The Louis Vuitton Pochette Métis is extremely popular. This messenger-style purse is very practical as well. Louis Vuitton has since released the Pochette Métis in reverse monogram and leather. But, the classic monogram bag is the most coveted in the fashion world.

This purse is not only easy on the eyes but easy to use every day. While structured, the canvas is soft and allows you to fit all of your essentials without any issues. The classic monogram color and iconic messenger bag shape make this bag perfect for every outfit. The Pochette Métis looks really good with casual clothing. This is important because most women don't have that many events to attend. This bag is a go-to handbag for work, fun, and casual dates.


3. Acne Studios Mini Musubi Shoulder Bag

This designer purse is very understated. It is a high-quality leather bag that has a decent amount of space for all of your belongings. Available in several different colors, the Acne Studios Mini Musubi Shoulder bag is the perfect match for an understated career woman.

With two major compartments, you can neatly put your items away in their designated areas. Unlike most designer handbags on this list, the full leather bag is on the cheaper end for designer purses in terms of price. Best of all, the Mini Musubi Shoulder bag comes with a wide leather strap. Wide straps are just so comfortable to wear for long periods of time on the shoulder.


4. Bvlgari Serpenti Forever Crossbody Bag

Do you want a perfect evening designer purse? The Bvlgari brand is actually known for making jewelry. But they ventured into designer handbags as well. To set themselves apart from other luxury designer brands, Bvlgari incorporates some jewelry elements in their purses.

The iconic Bvlgari Serpenti Forever bag is embellished with a snakehead opening. The snakehead is a unique design that is exclusive to Bvlgari. The eyes of the snake are made with actual gemstones! If the eyes are green, they are made with green malachite. If the eyes are black, they are made with black onyx.

The snakehead is also gold-plated. How awesome is that? Chanel used to gold plate their logo many years ago. Then, they discontinue that practice. So, the iconic Bvlgari Serpenti Forever Crossbody bag is definitely worth the premium price! The smaller Serpenti bag is able to fit the largest iPhone. This elegant, understated designer bag is perfect for an evening event or a very nice romantic date at a high-end restaurant.


5. Rue de Verneuil Canvas Tote

Every woman needs a good canvas tote bag. Canvas is very light and easy on your shoulders. The Rue de Verneuil is a brand based in France. A beautifully crafted canvas tote bag is not going to break the bank in this case.

The Rue de Verneuil totes are priced similarly to contemporary designer brands. You can also pick from their huge selection of colors, sizes, and styles. Be sure to pick a canvas tote that comes with a wide crossbody strap for the ultimate practicality. This will be your go-to tote for every day.


6. Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon Bag

Canvas is Louis Vuitton's bread and butter; nylon is the same for Prada. Recognizing the vintage trend, Prada brought back their signature nylon small shoulder bag with a modern update. The re-edition 2005 re-nylon bag is a very practical small designer bag.

The nylon material is extremely durable and resistant to stains and rain. You really don't have to worry about staining this bag at all. Also, it's super light compared to leather. With the current fashion environmental conscious consumers, Prada is re-using nylon to decrease its environmental impact.

Like all other practical luxury purses, the Prada nylon bag has several straps. The bag can be worn as a shoulder bag with its silver-colored metal chain. If you want to use it crossbody, just add the wide fabric crossbody strap. Wide straps are so comfy even when you pack this small bag to the brim.

Attach the optional card pouch for added space and versatility. Best of all, both the metal and fabric straps are completely detachable. You can use it to your heart's desire.


7. Louis Vuitton Neverfull

The Louis Vuitton Neverfull is the tote bag that started all the designer tote bags. Since its initial release in 2007, this bag has been extremely popular due to its versatility.

If you are a student, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull fits your books, laptop, and everything you can think of to bring to school. What about working women? The Neverfull fits all of your needs as well.

The mm size is the most popular size. Go for the gm size if you intend to use it for travel. However, it is important to remember that while this bag can hold the kitchen sink, the thin straps will start to dig into your shoulder if you pack it too heavy. Overall, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull combines style with versatility.


8. Dior 30 Montaigne

Dior is a coveted luxury designer bag with several very popular bags in their lineup. Paying homage to the original store address in France, this Dior messenger bag is named after the actual location of the original store.

This bag is available in 3 sizes and many color options. The largest size is the most practical bag for business and everyday use. With one large main compartment, it's easier to fit your belongings than similar bags divided into multiple equal-sized compartments. Another slip compartment is at the back of the bag so that you can slip papers or receipts in there.

The traditional "CD" logo closure metal piece is signature Dior. Go for the oblique Dior canvas for a signature Dior look. For a more understated woman, the full leather one is a better option. The strap is versatile as well. Wear it crossbody, on the shoulder, or with no straps. The Dior 30 Montaigne is thoughtfully designed for every day.

This bag in the largest size allows you to carry all of your daily essentials plus a little bit more. Also, the largest Dior 30 Montaigne is really not that big. It is a little bit smaller than the Celine Box medium size. This designer bag is a good size for everybody.