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You know precisely how hard it is to hold a glass of wine and swipe right—er, call your Uber at the same time while you hold a clutch. Well your life is about to change, because you're getting your second hand back. These hands-free options will hold all your stuff while leaving you free to do more important things—like Snapchat and drinking cappuccinos. (A girl's gotta have her priorities amirite?)
An all-American leather saddle bag is a piece worth investing in. This rugged-in-a-city-slicker-way cross-body purse may have its roots in the wild west, but it'll look so chic in any downtown cafe. Wear it with anything—from jeans to dresses—this is a bag for life. $388, michaelkors.com
Subtle, understated, elegant—who'd have ever thought a backpack could embody all those sartorial ideals? This unstructured pale pink leather bag keeps it real with on-trend raw cut edges, a drawstring closure, and an otherwise minimalist silhouette. Wear it with jeans and a tee—the bag adds casual polish—or with a kicky dress for dining al fresco, as you do. $190, cosstores.com
You've seen Longchamp totes on the arms of fashion editors and in first class overhead cabins forever—but here's a more practical, hands-free option for carrying everything you need on a daily basis. Bonus points for the nylon—it's ultra-lightweight, water-resistant, and super-easy to keep clean. $125, nordstrom.com
Don't let the top-handle fool you—it's actually a cross-body bag with the option to hand carry (and carry your life, it will.) The bold yellow of this fall favorite will style up any look—and its trendy structured drawstring shape and angular gold hardware details make it the ultimate in affordable statement accessories. $55, aldoshoes.com
One of the hottest handbag silhouettes—the ultra mini—gets a touch of grown-up preppy magic. The surprisingly roomy interior holds everything you need to get through a day—there's even a flat exterior pocket (aka easy access to your phone). $125, jcrew.com
Black is for basics—okay, obviously not and we own like four, but subtle burgundy is a nice alternative and is almost equal in versatility. This cross-body is practical and utilitarian, with inside pockets to hold your phone (and help keep things organized). Plus, its perfectly proportioned, unobtrusive size makes is great for long days out. $145, coach.com
A whimsical galactic print takes on a more timeless feel in this classic, structured box bag silhouette. Sling it over your shoulder or cross-body—the bag holds all your bare necessities and can even double as an evening clutch. $135, stories.com
Looking to make a killer first impression? A statement handbag—that looks expensive, but doesn't break the bank—is key. This ultra-elegant ostrich embossed leather flap bag features a classic gold turnlock fastening and a retro-inspired structured silhouette. $138, bananarepublic.com
If you're channeling the 90s this fall—isn't everyone!—then this quilted and tasseled drawstring-closure backpack is for you. Take it from someone who grew up in the 90s, this style was everywhere, and looks just as good today as it did back then. Who says beauty doesn't last forever? $60, zara.com
This multi-tasking satchel—a classic cross-body miniature duffle day bag that can double as a roomy travel carry-on/overnight bag—has your name written all over it. And the classic black-and-brown canvas and leather construction goes with everything. $168, fossil.com
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