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How to find the perfect handbag for any occasion

A new season is upon us and it's the perfect excuse to buy a new bag (if you really need an excuse, that is). And it doesn't matter the occasion—whether it's day, night, or heading to the gym, we all need somewhere to put our stuff. 

Stylist Meredith Shaw has done the shopping for us and highlights some of her favourite finds. 

Day Bag

It's all about quality when it comes to your day bag because it's the item that will sustain the most wear and tear. You want something that won't buckle under pressure. Look for minimal but substantial hardware with enough room for your belongings but not so big that it weighs you down. 

Travel Carry-On – Ted Baker

Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather with Acrylic on Canvas– 1uv

Brown Italian Suede Hobo - Banana Republic

Mini Rockie Pebbled Lambskin Crossbody Bag – Alexander Wang

Sloane Leather Backpack – Kendall + Kylie 

Aztec Print Moto Drawstring Leather Crossbody - Rebecca Minkoff 

Wingman Leather Shopping Tote Bag - Marc Jacobs 


Night Bag

Show off your personality with your night bag. Think of your wardrobe, too. Do you wear a lot of black? If so, opt for a metallic bag or something with a pop of colour.

Hyland Small Leather Satchel - Michael Kors 

Jazz Things Up Mixtape Crossbody - Kate Spade

Violet Leather & Calf Hair Chain Crossbody Bag - Kendall + Kylie

Eartha Iconic Mini Leather Grommet Satchel - Zac Posen 


Weekend Bag

You want something durable with a lot of room and a classic style. These bags are investments because of their size alone, so look for something in leather or a neutral tone.

Get Lost Mini Day Tote (not pictured) - Tuck Shop

Faux Pleather Metallic Houndstooth - Winners 

Small Banff Bag - Roots


Workout Bag

Going to the gym is a task we don't always love to do, but having a cute and convenient workout bag might make you more likely to hit that spin class. Look for an option that can run double duty (i.e. work bag + workout bag). 

Colourful backpack - Winners

Yin Time Bag -  Lululemon 


Mom Bag

It's not always about just carrying around things you need, but you don't need to lose your personal sense of style while carrying all of your kid's stuff.  

Shopper Gold - Uashmama 

Charlie Bag - Mini Mioche 



Bag accessories are everywhere this season. These are great because they give you an opportunity to update any bag you already own.

Small Pom Pom Bag Charm - EverNew

Bag Key Chains - Kate Spade

Pouches – Tatiania Kozlov Design