Hi Megs,
So I’ve saved and can now treat myself to an ‘IT’ bag. Not enough for an exotic but enough for something around $2000. Given that this will have to be it until I get my next savings together, what would you recommend? I want it to be something that I can carry in jeans as well as in a suit to work. My wardrobe is mostly dark colors, OK black, it’s mostly black. And ideally, I’d like to be able to get at least a mobile, a magazine, a small water bottle, and a wallet in there. So what would be a good bag for me to invest in? Thanks!


It is great to hear that you have saved up and are ready to splurge. With $2,000 you can buy an amazing bag (or even two amazing bags!). Since you want this handbag to be roomy for work yet wearable with jeans during the day, I would opt for a tote. I find that even if you say you only want to put a few things into a work bag, you always end up wanting to carry more. This is why the best work bag option to me is a tote, a great carry-all bag. The beauty of a larger bag is that it can still be trendy and fashionable enough to wear during the day.

But I have a different suggestion for you, go for two bags! Who is to say you can not get an exotic with $2000? I am telling you right now, you can get a beyond amazing exotic handbag deal and a more “it” brand bag, all for right about $2,000. Let me tell you my picks!

d'angel tia tote

Now I will start with the exotic. The way to go is with an exotic larger bag, that can still be worn to work but can easily make a statement by itself. And my new exotic must have bag (just got it in red and am going to do an extensive review) is the D’Angel Tia Tote. This tote is amazing, on so many levels, I can not even explain it to you! It is rather large, easily could be used for work, but it also is able to be dressed down for a day in jeans or dressed up for a night out. The best part is the price. It is merely $600 at Lux Couture. For fall, this bag is available in red, green, black, purple, and natural. The choice is up to you on this; all of these colors are beautiful, but I would actually stay away from black. Pick a color that pops (red is so sultry and purple is a royal choice!). I realize that you said you want to buy one bag, but if I were to spend $2,000 right now, I would split it up for an exotic and a great “it” bag.

So now you have about $1,400 to play around with. The thing is, this number is a little hard to go right about, but we can work it out, or come close to it. This choice it up to you, do you want more classic or more trendy? I always say stick with something that can last a few seasons, no point in spending all of your money on a bag that will look way last season in a few months.

YSL Large Muse | $1,395 via Saks
The Muse has been the trendy it bag but has kept its stay power. People still see this bag, recognize it, and love it. To me, that speaks volumes. It hits the body well and looks very mature, yet again, can be dressed down for day errands. And the color, lilac, is stunning! I am partial to purple, but if you love to wear black, this is dark but gives a great pop of color.

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Passy | $1,410 via eLuxury
From Louis Vuitton, the Epi Leather line is one of my absolute favorites! It is relatively affordable but also logoless and easy to clean. The Passy is a refined shape and available in black, purple, ivory, and red. This bag will last you years, not just a couple seasons.

Prada Vitello Daino Tote | $1595 via Saks
Now Prada bags speak for themselves. The logo is well known and easily recognizable. I love how Prada designs totes. Many are simple, but they are wearable. And I am a huge fan of the metallic bronze, it will really make all your black outfits pop (it is also available in black though). This is a little over the price limit, but worth a look.

Mulberry Bayswater Bag | $995 via Net A Porter
This bag is not overly feminine, but the Bayswater is an ideal work bag. If you are going for recognizable, this to many is a well-known bag from Mulberry. Not to mention, you will have more money to save for a clutch if you opt for this bag!

Mimi, I hope this list helps some! The bags I chose for you are a bit more classic, but there are trendier bags to be had if that is what you want. If you are dead set on getting one bag nearer the $2,000 price range, let me know and we can re-hash this!

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  • lightblue84

    my favourite is the mulberry bayswater

  • Ellez

    Love the YSL Large Tote, but I’m also a lover of purple!!

  • I saw this bag today. Its a leather beach tote. Great for work


  • Jamie

    I am in love with that prada bag!

  • justified

    perfect post for me too..thanks Megs

    I have also $2K to splurge but since she has to use it in work as well (thinking about YSL Muse 2, Valentino histoire etc.)anyways,my situation is little bit different :oops: ..if I was her, then I would go with the LV epi bag, it’s lovely, only concern might be that it doesn’t have a zip closure, instead it has a little (like) buckle closure

  • shushopn

    Love the metallic bronze Prada, Megs. I was at Prada in NY and tried to talk hubby into getting it for me – I was soooo close but felt guilty.

    • It is a beautiful bag!!!!

  • bagobsessed

    Of the bags listed above, I like the YSL Muse the most. The color is stunning and the bag is very classy, great for work IMO. :smile:

    • I know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the color!

  • anne

    The d’angel is awesome. Get that and the muse or the bayswater. get a clutch to stick in the big bag for evening when you need to go from work to night.

  • Laura

    I want to see more on the d’angel bag. I checked Lux and it states the purple is not available. I NEED a purple bag this year and I think this may be a contender if it is still available.

  • Anita

    I say go for the Prada or the LV, save the change and keep saving up for another nice bag next time around.

  • Sarah

    saks has some great choices that I think you would love
    here are their numbers

    Tessuto Nappa A Tote
    In Black

    Vitello Daino Tote
    In Violet (Great Dark Hue of Purple)

    Any Tod’s Re-Styled D Bag

    Small Lacca Bow Tote
    In Red (Great for a black wardrobe)

    Tessuto & Saffiano Colour Tote
    In Red or Black

    Jimmy Choo
    Riki Metallic Leather Shoulder Bag
    In Black

  • Sarah

    At Bluefly.com you can get MANY amazing totes from Bottega Veneta for under $2000.

    Also from Bluefly
    black leather ‘Paddington’ zip – $1800

    Or There is the Hermes garden party tote, which is great, big, beautiful, and well under $2000.

  • Sarah

    At Bluefly.com you can get MANY amazing totes from Bottega Veneta for under $2000.

    Also from Bluefly
    black leather ‘Paddington’ zip – $1800

    Or There is the Hermes garden party tote, which is great, big, beautiful, and well under $2000. In black or brown.

  • Sarah

    These two I suggest the most of any: Both from Saks

    Vitello Daino Tote
    $1,095.00 – Dark Purple

    Marc Jacobs
    Blake Shoulder Bag
    $995.00 – Black, Plum, Ivory

    Belted Leather Tote
    $1,195.00 – Brown

  • Sarah

    The Burberry was an extra I just spotted.

  • Thanks for all those Sarah! I do love the Burberry belted leather tote :wink:

  • justified

    I just checked eluxury and looked at Zac Posen’s bag..they are also lovely – not to confuse you anymore but they look fab! :oops:

  • Graciella

    I have a bayswater (chocolate darwin) which I have been using for about 2 months now, ever since I got it for my birthday in June. I have a few designer bags, Prada, Miu Miu, McQueen, Fendi etc., but I must say I use my bayswater most of the time. It’s not avant garde design, it’s not a major ‘look at me’ bag, and I do love my other bags more (style wise), but it is the best bag I own – the quality and durability is just outstanding for that price. I’m sure this workhorse will be with me for a long time (it’s indistructable really!). But, having said that, I do love the colour of that Muse! And I really wouldn’t suggest getting any Chloe at the moment, they have been having serious quality issues lately – not the best brand to buy, especially if you have had to save up for a while.

  • lumidee

    Love the YSL muse, but i’d suggest the YSL Rive Gauche instead, classic, perfect for work, play and SUPER stylish…

  • Jahpson

    the Louie and the YSL are gorgeous!

  • Kaytey

    You can also splurge on a single large YSL Downtown in black patent… So class, so chic, so huge! I’m in love.

    Available at YSL.com.

    • Lzzy

      I luv the LV Epi bag so classic, yet you can go with a bold red and you get the both of best, in my opinon

  • SereneO

    Love love love the lilac YSL Muse!
    I’ve got the Downtown in black which is my everyday work bag, but I’ve got to say the purple is simply delish, and chic against a black outfit!

  • chloebagfreak

    How about a Balenciaga in a City or work style? They are light weight and very elegant, can be worn casual or dressed up! Of course I’m prejudiced as they are my Fav!!!!
    Megs.I do really like your options too :lol:

  • All those picks are just gorgeous! I agree that a classic bag is more worth it. If you’ve done so much hard work to save up that $2000, why blow it on a uber-trendy “it” bag? I love the Prada and the YSL the best. If your wardrobe is mostly black, then experimenting with colour on your accessories is a good way to go b/c it’s not too over-powering.

  • aga

    muse/epi and ……….the clutch mybe with the left over $

  • Tash

    Definitely go for the LV! It’s an ultimate classic but still chic. And I agree with aga – get a large clutch with the leftover that will take you into night. Personally, I don’t like taking a big bag out at night – I end up hitting people with it!

  • Cayla

    Hi Megs,
    I’m planning to purchase a Balenciaga City with giant hardware. I love neutral colors so I’m contemplating between the charcoal gray and black (I already have a white 2006 chloe paddington). I’m also very confused if I should get the silver or gold hardware. I know that the gold hardware on the B bags is considered a limited edition because they would stop making them so I am a little partial towards the GH. What color do you think is best to use as an everyday bag? Charcoal gray or black? Giant gold or giant silver hardware? I’m just worried that the gold hardware would one day tarnish and turn black. What do you think? My style of dressing is casual chic. Help!