The Perfect Everyday Black Handbag

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I don’t know about you but I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect black handbag. Sometimes I find one that will make do, but I’m never ever completely satisfied with it. I’m not sure what it is but I know I’m not alone. I have heard the handbag search compared to finding the perfect partner in life — and admittedly, there is some logic to it. As it goes with relationships, there are some things I suppose you just have to compromise on & when you can’t afford THE perfect black bag; the Hermes “Birkin”.

So until then… here are a few bags I’m drooling over. Some are pseudo-affordable, some are in between and some are absolutely not even close, but maybe one will end up on my arm in the near future or maybe the hunt will continue…






1. Phillip Lim 3.1 Mini satchel $650
2. Prada Saffiano Leather Canvas Top Handle Bag $1595
3. Prada Saffiano Lux Tote Bag $1810
4. Phillip Lim 3.1 Pashili Satchel $875 {*Fave}
5. Rachel Zoe black leather satchel $450
6. Kooba Callie Shopper tote $578
7. Rebecca Minkoff Desire Satchel $495
8. Rebecca Minkoff Romeo bag $550
9. Tory Burch Dena Tote $395
10. Steven by Steve Madden France tote $198
11. Brahmin Sara Rose handbag $365
12. Thursday Friday Diamonds black tote $121.77
13. Tory Burch 797 satchel $675
14. Alexander Wange Darcy tote $850
15. See by Chloe April shoulder bag $495
16. Alexander Wang Small Emile Tote $895

With black bags, I tend to lean towards classic shapes, that I can keep in my closet and in rotation for years to come. Too much hardware or specific shapes will date a bag. I also tend to splurge a bit more on a classic bag than a trendier style so as to ensure longevity and style.


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  • Kat

    May 15, 2012 |

    It IS tough to find the perfect one! But when you find it, you find it! And it’s always good to try it on in the mirror first so you know if you’ll be completely satisfied!

  • Elissa

    May 15, 2012 |

    OH! that 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘Pashli’ Leather Satchel…perfection!

  • Tinacious Me

    May 15, 2012 |

    wow,it’s hard enough to just make a decision on picking a black bag from your selection!
    Tina @ http://Www.Tinacious.Me

  • BeckyJ

    May 15, 2012 |

    YES! I am constantly looking for the perfect black bag, and just yesterday went on a serious hunt for one. Came up empty. I adore the very first picture- that’s perfect to me.

  • drollgirl

    May 15, 2012 |

    i’ll take the first one!

    black bags are the hardest of all! they look cheap if they have the wrong hardware. they disappear if they don’t have much hardware. sometimes they just look boring and disappear. but you know all of this! i am babbling!

  • Alex

    May 15, 2012 |

    I’m ALWAYS on the hunt for the perfect black bag! I honestly don’t think I’ll be satisfied until I get a Chanel haha 😉

  • Kristen @ The Chronicles of Dutch

    May 16, 2012 |

    I die for the Tory Burch satchel! Great selection.


    May 16, 2012 |

    We definitely have the same taste! Many of those bags, including the dream Birkin have caught my eye. But if I were you, I’d skip the Phillip Lim Pashli. I actually ordered that very bag and sent it back after carrying it to the grocery store one time. It’s gorgeous in person, don’t get me wrong. But the top flap is so heavy with the hardware, that when you have it open/folded in instead of over the top, the whole back side kind of starts to cave in. I could just see creases and tears coming down the track, aside from the fact that when it does fold in on itself, it impedes the ability to get to your things!

    I do have a Michael Kors Hailton with grommets that has been AMAZE. I actually unlocked and loosened the straps that wrap around the top of the bag, Birkin-style. I highly recommend this style…I get a ton of compliments (in red, it’s attention getting). It’s good for the money, has the Birkin feel, and fits so much stuff!

    Will be curious to see what you choose.



    May 16, 2012 |

    *Michael Kors Hamilton

  • What Sadie Did

    May 16, 2012 |

    I totally agree that each time I find a ‘perfect’ bag, I still want another ‘new-improved’ one…

    Sadie xx

  • DiamondsandTulle

    May 16, 2012 |

    ITA on the Birkin! Sigh… it’s like no bag can compare even though [I] know that [I] will probably never get the guts to plunk down that kind of cash even if we were rich rich rich. But one can dream. 🙂

    xx Vivian @

  • Amy @ At the Pink of Perfection

    May 16, 2012 |

    I love the Alexander Wange tote, so gorgeous!

  • LOFT25

    May 16, 2012 |

    I am literally turning obsessed into black purses. I can never get enough.

  • AML

    May 16, 2012 |

    I am in constant hunt for bags in different colors, but looking at your post now now,what I am needing is a classic black!Gotta love bag shopping!


    May 16, 2012 |

    love the rebecca minkoff and philip lim ones!

    xx heidi
    life full of loves

  • Leslie J

    May 16, 2012 |

    The are all very lovely, but I am drawn to that Alexander Wang tote and the Prada Saffiano tote……scrumptious

  • Anonymous

    May 16, 2012 |

    It is very Precious and amazing Black Bag.We can take anything in the Bag .

  • Amor

    May 16, 2012 |

    I’m also on the hunt for the perfect black bag and I must say it’s not that easy! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this great selections! 🙂


  • Freya - Fashionable People

    May 16, 2012 |

    There is no doubt that the birkin is the ultimate black bag, the shape, leather and size is irresistable! I would choose the Prada bags in second place though!

  • Amelia

    May 16, 2012 |

    MK didn’t make the cut?!!! I have this one and I love it! Except it eats everything because it’s so big.

  • Andrea Clare

    May 17, 2012 |

    i also lean towards the more classic shapes and style, will never go out of style

  • Gigi Hicks

    May 17, 2012 |

    I love my Longchamp Roseau in black croc. Timeless and moderately priced.

  • Gwen

    May 30, 2012 |

    I am always on the look out for the perfect black bag and have decided I won’t be making another large bag purchase until I find it. 🙂

  • fashioninfor

    July 14, 2012 |

    perfect black handbags ! I just love this style!

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