Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of the Next Big Thing and not give enough credit to the classic designs that every woman should have represented in her closet. I’m guilty of it as well, but while we’re in the summer dregs of the fashion cycle, I thought it’d be nice to revisit some classic shapes and consider why they’ve earned such a widely appreciated spot in our wardrobes.

First up, we’ve got a clean-lined black leather tote, which is a bag that almost every woman has owned in some version over the course of her mature life. The DKNY Work Shopper Bag in particular is a reasonably priced iteration that I would be proud to take to work (you know, if I had a real job that required me to get dressed in something other than gym shorts.)

The bag has many compartments and a simple aesthetic, which makes it perfect for use at a conservative office where you need to be organized and professional. Instead of being loudly luxe, the bag’s subtle sensibility means that it won’t draw unwanted attention in a place where fashion isn’t particularly welcome. I’ve worked in that type of office before and it’s not any fun, but sometimes it’s necessary – make it a little more enjoyable with a bag like this. Buy through Macy’s for $295.

Green With Envy

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