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10 Cool Bucket Bags You'll Want to Trade Your Tote For

This season's styles range from faux fur to beaded.

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My black leather work tote is lovely. It fits my laptop, workout clothes, wallet, water bottle, and maybe even a pair of sneakers. But, sometimes, I don't want to lug a tote; I want something cute and small. To paraphrase the great '90s classic 10 Things I Hate About You: There's a difference between like and love, because I like my tote, but I love my bucket bag.

Yes, my white bucket bag with silver ring handle can hold my wallet and a small umbrella, nothing more, yet I love it dearly because the design is smart and polished. I even keep one under my desk, so I can make a quick bag swap and not walk into a party with my overflowing tote knocking into guests. If you're ready to move from like to love, peruse this season's best bucket bags, ahead. You'll find options suitable for weddings, holiday parties, and beyond. Your new number-one awaits.

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1 BISSETT BAG | COGNAC
staud.clothing
$350.00
2 Black Bucket Bag
mansurgavriel.com
$675.00

 You can't talk bucket bags without mentioning the ICONIC Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. Launched in 2012 this bag gained attention, fast. So much so that there was a waiting list. 

3 Bobbi Floral-Embroidered Straw Bucket Bag by Poolside
Poolside modaoperandi.com
$225.00
4 Mindy Bamboo Bucket Bag [STANDARD]
Banago Anthropologie anthropologie.com
$99.00
5 Bucket Fringes Small Tan
loewe loewe.com
$1,900.00
6 TASSEL MINI BUCKET BAG
ZARA zara.com
$29.90
7 Leopard Beaded Bucket Bag
SUSAN ALEXANDRA nordstrom.com
$318.75
8 Sophie Mini Bucket Bag
Ulla Johnson shopbop.com
$247.50

The dusty rose color, the bow-shaped handle, instead of a single leather strap: this cowhide bucket bag is perfect for the girl whose style is "feminine flair." This purse is the one you bring on vacations just so you can snap that perfect Instagram photo. 

9 City Leather Bucket Bag with Rope Detail
Prada saksfifthavenue.com
$2,050.00
10 Ophidia small textured leather-trimmed printed coated-canvas bucket bag
Gucci net-a-porter.com
$1,790.00
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Kate Spade New York Pippa shoulder bag, $295

SHOP IT

Presenting the bag you'll carry to work and on weekend girls' trips: a minimalist black bucket bag free of embellishments, with a structured body, and two different ways of wearing it, depending how you use the straps.

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Simon Miller confetti handle bag, $850

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This whimsical Simon Miller bucket bag is deceptively big—it can fit a laptop and more! I love the white calfskin leather and confetti-printed handles, but be extra careful when wearing this with jeans (blue dye on your new bucket back? for shame).

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Simone Rocha tartan bag, $820

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It's not your classic leather structured silhouette—the bucket shape is almost buried under all the tinsel and bows—which is great if you're looking for something unexpected. I'd rock this accessory with a leather jacket and jeans for that punk-rock London lewk. (The designer, Simone Rocha, is British and Irish.)

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Zac Zac Posen, $395

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What makes this bucket bag different is in the details: like the chic silver carabiners that attach the straps at the top. The navy color is as easy to style as black and looks sophisticated, so I guess you've just found your I-have-a-big-meeting-with-the-boss-today bag.

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Alexander Wang bucket bag, $895

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This bucket bag is equal parts polished and edgy thanks to the panel of dyed haircalf coupled with panels of patent leather. Wang's use of mixed materials created an accessory that resembles a piece of modern art. But unlike most art, this is 100-percent wearable. It looks roomy enough to hold your essentials and goes with more than one outfit, since there are four different color blocks.

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Ulla Johnson mini bucket bag, $495

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The dusty rose color, the bow-shaped handle, instead of a single leather strap: this cowhide bucket bag is perfect for the girl whose style is "feminine flair." This purse is the one you bring on vacations just so you can snap that perfect Instagram photo.

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