Knowing what I do for a living, many of my friends and acquaintances often ask me for advice on finding a new bag. Gift giving is one of my favorite things, I absolutely love finding a gift that I think someone will love, so being able to find the right bag for someone combines that passion of mine with my handbag obsession!

My friend’s birthday is next month and she wants a new bag, so she sent me this:

Also, I really need your advice on a bag for the fall. I like the cross-body style, I want a really nice designer bag, but also need to be able to fit a full-size wallet since I am a mom and have to carry many things. Do you have any designers that you really like for a bag like that? I’m thinking I might like to have something in the brown/tan/Camel/neutral family and another that is black. Also, because I’m petite, any Crossbody straps that are too long or not adjustable simply don’t work for me.

The usability and functionality of a bag are of utmost importance for many of us, especially when we have our young kids with us and are constantly on the go. There is this weird time when we have kids that finding the right bag that doesn’t feel like it’s only intended as a kid hauler while still carrying every need becomes tricky, but there are plenty of crossbody bags out there that will give you the style you want with the function you need.

The versatile Hermès Evelyne

Hermes Evelyne

The first bag that comes to mind is the Hermès Evelyne. This bag shouldn’t be slept on, and I find it the most practical of the Hermès bags. The plus is multiple sizes and an adjustable shoulder strap that allows crossbody wear or over your shoulder. Hermès even sells different straps to really dress the bag up, but why I always come back to this bag is the ease of wear.

This bag offers premium Hermès leather that is sturdy yet supple, and then you have an open interior that will fit your wallet, water, and some kids’ toys and still not weigh you down. I am a huge fan of the Evelyne, and it’s one of the best forays into the Hermès brand.

The unexpected Loewe Flamenco Bag

Loewe calls this bag a clutch because you can remove the straps, but it is far more than a clutch. I am offering this option of a Loewe bag because the leather quality and construction of this bag (and all Loewe bags) are outstanding, and it’s also a premiere designer bag that you don’t see as much in the wild. And that’s not a bad thing!

Loewe Flamenco Bag 1

If you want a bag easily recognizable by everyone, this bag may not be it, but if you want gloriously smooshy leather, it is wonderful. The Flamenco cinches closed by using drawstring pulls, and this size fits a large wallet, your phone, and even a .5L bottle! You can carry it over the shoulder, crossbody, or by hand; the strap is detachable and adjustable. There are so many color options, so you can go more classic or pick a fun color!

The current Gucci Attache

Gucci Attache
Gucci Attache
via Gucci

I know my friend’s personal style, and this bag is a bit too boisterous for her typical outfits, but hear me out. The Gucci Attache is trendy and classic, plus there are quite a few colorways to choose from. I am a big fan of this bag, it’s reminiscent of a Gucci bag that made me fall in love with the brand, and it could easily make its way into your closet to be used for many years to come.

The web detailing along with the web strap that has different colors can be a little jarring, but there is a full black leather strap as well to tone down the overall look. This bag fits a lot, has adjustable straps, and is a more current option.

A little different: Bottega Veneta Loop Bag

BV Loop Bag
Bottega Veneta Loop Bag
via Bottega Veneta

When it comes to Bottega Veneta, you could opt for the Cassette or Padded Cassette, but if you want something a little different that feels a bit more casual for the many errands your busy life is filled with, I’d say to look at the Loop Bag.

There are multiple sizes, so you can find what fits you best, and it can be worn crossbody or over the shoulder. There are plenty of color options if you want to pick something that isn’t black or tan, and you’ll find the classic intrecciato leather.

The modern Celine Bucket 16 Bag

Celine Bucket 16 Bag

Now this bag is quite lovely and checks many of the boxes: a designer brand, modern and cool, elevated, fits crossbody, and has enough space for your daily needs. I love this bag and find myself returning to it – plus, do the fashion “it” girls so you could be part of that crowd. This Celine bag is crafted from delightful calfskin; you can carry it by hand, over the shoulder, or crossbody.

The downside is that the strap is not adjustable, but you can change out the strap if you’d like one that works better. A removable zipped pocket attaches to the interior, so this bag offers so much greatness and style.

The classic Chanel 19 Shopping Bag

Chanel 19 Shopping Bag

This is another non-adjustable strap option, but I wanted to share it because a black Chanel bag is about as classic as it gets. This is a new rendition of a shopping bag within the Chanel 19 family, so you’ll find the CC logo in metal chain detail, super supple lambskin, and a pairing of gold, silver, and ruthenium hardware.

The sporty Louis Vuitton Coussin

LV Coussin PM
Louis Vuitton Coussin PM
via Louis Vuitton

When I know someone wants a premiere designer bag, I always have to round it out with the big brands, so Louis Vuitton must be included. For a sportier look, you could opt for the Coussin (there are so many color options) and I am partial to this newer release.

The Coussin is a do-it-all bag, from a chain strap to a removable and adjustable shoulder strap to three interior compartments. This bag is special because of the scarf detailing, but there are ample other options if you want a bit more classic (and larger size, but this size will work for you!).

The refined Fendi Peekaboo

Fendi iSeeU

And rounding out the options for you, you must consider the Fendi Peekaboo! This bag is a bit more refined, with a more slim top opening to get in the bag, but I use it with a water bottle and kids’ items, and it still works well.

This is a classic bag with two different areas for storing your daily essentials and holds its shape well. A slim leather shoulder strap is adjustable, and Fendi sells some really fun additional straps (also adjustable) so you can carry this bag how you’d like.

Best of luck finding the right bag for you and everyone else tell me if there’s a bag that you think she should check out!

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J B
J B
22 days ago

Absurd pricing

Pbstephens
Pbstephens
22 days ago
Reply to  J B

I mean ya could pretty much buy a car instead. Or future college tuition.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
20 days ago

Personally, I didn’t carry expensive designer bags when my children were small. Recipe for disaster especially if you are the kind that is going to use it to also carry a child’s things. When I did carry designer, I also carried a very small diaper bag. Most designer bags are not meant to be “mom” bags. But, to each their own.

These complaints about this site have been happening a lot lately. People either don’t like the topics or stating that this site is shallow. This site is read by many different people in different stages of life. The topics cover a wide range to attract a wide range of consumers. My children are adults, and I don’t need a “mom” bag. I didn’t read the article, but I did want to look at the pictures. I don’t like Pursenals. So, I don’t read it. No big deal.

Also, this is not a site for news or political insight. This is a fashion/handbag site. What exactly were you expecting?

Pbstephens
Pbstephens
22 days ago

I dunno I’m just as guilty as anyone but but this topic all seems so shallow & selfish considering the state of the nation and the world.

lalarey
lalarey
19 days ago

I DO like this topic- I would also be interested in more “I Need a bag that x” or “I need a bag for y occasion that has a,b, and c features”- these are the kinds of convos that bag lovers have with each other IRL!

Also, to those complaining that these posts are shallow- why are you here? Are you confused about what a fashion blog is? Or have you no self control and are deep down dying to see what’s new in the handbag world and sorta feel guilty about that? We all need a release from the dreadful 24 hours news cycle. This is mine and I’m grateful for it.

Guest
Guest
19 days ago
Reply to  lalarey

Exactly my thoughts… dont read it if you’re not interested , period .

Antonia
Antonia
23 days ago

The Celine bucket bag looks like a great option and it’s a bit under the radar. Nice choice!!

pinksky777
pinksky777
22 days ago

Honestly all these bags suck big time. They’re all not the vibe whatsoever. Very matronly. Also, if I’m being honest like… who cares about this topic. I think maybe this blog/forum has seen the best of its days.

Ed B
Ed B
23 days ago

LV pricing looks funny next to the others. I guess as long as people keep buying, why would they not keep their prices as high as possible?

Nice article, lots of choices, hope she found a good match!

Jerri R
Jerri R
20 days ago

Meg, don’t you already own a gazillion bags?

Peggy Sue
Peggy Sue
20 days ago
Reply to  Jerri R

Did you take the time to read the article? She’s asking for her friend, not herself.

Evergreen602
Evergreen602
20 days ago

I like a lot of these bags, but think the Loewe Puzzle should be up for consideration too. Both the small and the medium sizes can be worn crossbody, have adjustable straps, and can be worn multiple ways if she wants options. By now it’s an icon to the brand, and has some longevity. I think it’s one of the more beautiful and practical crossbody bags out there.

Jen B
Jen B
19 days ago

I was looking at the Celine bucket bag last year at Saks, but I didn’t like the color the store offered at the time. I told the SA that I wanted to wait for the new fall color. The leather is very nice and it’s a very light weight back. I love it that you can carry it 3 ways. Love this new Carmel color.

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