5 Great Black Bags

Every stylish woman should have at least one go-to black bag in her wardrobe. These Make It Better favorites will help you chicly carry it all.


Mitzy Hobo: The supple pebbled leather of this bag creates a modern slouchy shape that’s offset by its structured handle; full cotton lining with one slip and one zip pocket, $795, mulberry.com


Italian Leather Handbag:
Styled after a certain high-end bag that begins with a “B” and ends with an “N,” this bag offers you a classic look that can take you from day to night; cotton lining with two inside pockets, $495, Julian Gifts, juliangifts.com


Metro Crossbody Bag: You will be hard-pressed to find a softer, lighter, more hip leather bag than this gem from Treesje; adjustable crossbody strap, 2 cell phone/PDA holders, key hook and inside zipper pocket, $398, lunaboston.com.

Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in other bags from Treesje, be sure to visit EXTRAS at E-Street Denim in Highland Park. Among the fabulous clutches, you’ll find the statement-making Revealed Satchel in black or cream. If you mention Make It Better on your visit, you’ll receive a 20% discount on your Treesje purchase.


Channing Tote: Sleek and sporty, this Tory Burch tote with contrast trim, is an upbeat every day bag for those on the go; nylon with logo hardware detail and three inside pockets, $250, toryburch.com


Nicky Tote: Elegant and affordable, this retro faux leather tote by Simply Vera by Vera Wang will carry all of your essentials with style, $69, kohls.com

Editor’s note: While I tend to be a girl who can always find a way to justify spending my hard-earned dollars on the newest “it” bag, sadly there are some purses that no excuses will ever allow me to afford. For this reason, I’m thrilled that Top Shop (a British chain with its only U.S. location in New York City) offers a selection of bags styled after some iconic classics that make high fashion accessible to everyone. Take a look at topshop.com