Four perfect carry-all handbags – plus tips for finding your match


The best purse will take you from morning to midnight with no pitstops—enter the bucket bag.

A touch bigger than your average handbag - without straying into tote territory - a great bucket bag will carry daytime essentials with enough room for some last-minute evening add-ons like fun tights, statement jewellery, and even a pair of heels.

Today’s on-trend bucket bags span the style spectrum from pouches to slick and structured sacs. Features like lots of volume and a wide opening define the design, and embellishments like braiding, studs, cutwork and clasps add extra personality.

With that in mind, we went on a quest for the best bucket bags at St. Vital Centre, and put together a few tips to help you find the perfect carry-all:

• Edit your expectations and your essentials. We found this slouchy bronze version at Boes that's roomy enough to carry more than the minimum, but not so big you're likely to strain a neck muscle hauling your entire nail polish collection around "just in case".

• Look for easy-access bags—think zippers and magnetic snaps over drawstring pulls and twist snaps. Scout out bags with wide openings, separate and zippered compartments and outside pockets, too. Exterior zippered pockets on this navy Le Chateau bag mean you're never hunting for a ringing cell phone again.

• Pick a bag with a pop of colour - like this gorgeous orange number from Boes - and build your look starting with your bag.

• Don’t shy away from bags with on-trend leather cutwork, chains and metallic clasps and tags. The gorgeous gold metal cutaway detail in this Boes bag takes a classic silhouette to show-stopping new heights.


Pictured above:

Bronze - Boes, $112
Navy - Le Chateau, $59.95
Orange - Boes, $95
Green – Boes, $114
Snakeskin – Danier, $199

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