We’re going to let you in on a little secret: right now, we’re infatuated with the satchel. While the definition of this classic shape isn’t so defined, we know that there are two generally accepted shapes: the classic long-strapped schoolboy carry-all (think Cambridge Satchel Company) and the mid-century-recalling top-handled handbag (think Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton.) Because of its versatility and evocative look, this is one style we’re really feeling for spring and beyond. Whether you want to look like you’re headed to the classroom or the boardroom, there’s a perfect satchel for you (in a growing number of colors). Click through for 10 great options.
This is about as classic as it gets––a super-retro silhouette and a a versatile color. It's also one of the more understated pieces available from Nasty Gal.
$50 at Nasty Gal.
Think that satchels are best reserved for schoolboys? You'll reconsider once you see this feminine number. The scallops make it so unabashedly girly (but it's still super useful).
$58.19 at ASOS.
Leave it to Kenzo to make something that looks both utterly forward-thinking and totally retro. Though it's on the shelves at Opening Ceremony, we could also imagine spotting it at a cool upscale vintage store, too.
$1,265 at Opening Ceremony.
Is there anything more classic than crisp white? Didn't think so. That and the classic shape make this simple bag a total stunner.
$36 at Topshop.
Goes With Everything
This bag is simple but there's also plenty going on: it's got the classic satchel shape, but also has a kind of envelope vibe. We think this color is utterly seasonless, so bonus points there.
$130 at Topshop.
While browns and whites and blacks are better known as go-with-everything neutrals, we're firmly in the camp that brights can also be versatile. This bright orange can either stand out in your look or anchor it––up to you.
$398 at Dooney & Burke.
Have you ever seen anything quite so lovely? This understated little number is total power accessorizing––we can see this on the CEO's arm before a work meeting and also on the bar during happy hour.
$780 at Net-a-Porter.
Looking to splurge on something that looks actually worthwhile? We've got your bag––it's another one of those versatile, goes-with-everything workhorses.
$2,350 at Barneys.
This color is thrilling but also on-trend: what could be more spring-y than a bright pastel? We're also wild about the traditional-with-a-twist shape.
$189.99 at ModCloth.
This is the kind of gorgeous bag that seems kind of impractical, until you think a bit harder and realize how well this deep-medium green will go with so many of your outfits. That shape isn't going out of style anytime soon, either.
$298 at Piperlime.