Bags.jpgMy obsession with bags might be a little over the top, but there is something to be said for having different bags to serve different purposes. I’m not saying you should run out and buy 25 purses this weekend, but I do believe that there are three styles of bags that every woman should have in her closet, and one every man should have. Here are some new arrivals that are perfect for the summer season.

Crossbody Bags

A crossbody bag is an absolute must have. They are beyond convenient and free your hands for all sorts of activities, like perusing a shopping rack, carrying a coffee or a toddler, or gripping on for dear life to the handle in the bus on your morning commute. They come in a wide range of styles and fabrics, but personally, to me the biggest selling point is that most crossbody bags have ample pockets or pouches to store all my essentials.

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Right now I have a huge crush on this bag from Coach. It’s got a refined and tailored look and converts from shoulder bag to crossbody to clutch, and because its pop-out pouch can be carried separately, it can act as a wallet as well. It also has an outside pocket that snaps shut and pockets for a cellphone.

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The Coach bag is a little on the smaller side at 8-inches long and 5-inches high, so if you want something with a little more room, this larger bag from Michael Kors is ideal. Like the Coach crossbody bag, it has a classic, tailored look to it, and because it is made of saffiano leather, you know it will stand the test of time.

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Another great crossbody option is this David NS city bag from Fossil. It’s got ample room to hold all your essentials, and could easily be worn by a man as well. It even has enough room to hold your iPad so you can play Candy Crush whenever the mood hits.

Check out the rest of Best Buy’s crossbody/messenger bag selection here.

Day Totes
Next up are day totes. This is the bag you take to work with you every day, and as such, it should be big enough to carry all your essentials. If you tote a laptop, tablet and files back and forth from work, then a larger bag is for you; or if you just need your cellphone, wallet and a few other items, then a medium sized tote will fit the bill.

MK-Tote.jpgI actually own this Michael Kors Jet Set Tote, and I must say, it is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It is the perfect size for my laptop, and also conveniently carries my iPad, wallet, and cellphone, among other things, and it zips shut keeping my stuff safe and sound. It’s also great for travelling and has quickly become by go-to carry on.

Sadly, I also own this smaller Michael Kors tote, which I use on days I don’t need to bring my laptop to the office. It’s got the perfect amount of room to carry my wallet, a book for my commute, an umbrella–a Vancouver staple–and sometimes even my lunch!

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If you’ve got a little more wiggle room in your budget, this lambskin tote from Lanvin isn’t just gorgeous, but it is the perfect dimensions for carrying your laptop or files to and from the office. It also features dual should straps, one main pocket, and one interior zipper pocket. I’m drooling.

Check out the rest of Best Buy’s tote selection here.

Clutches
The clutches of today are nothing like the clutches of yore when they’d carry little more than a credit card so you’d still have to rely on your companion or partner’s pockets to carry your lipstick and everything else essential for a night on the town. These days, they accommodate much more and aren’t just for special events.

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A clutch like this one from Lanvin is perfect for day or night. It features a detachable shoulder strap, so you could wear it as a small crossbody if you wanted to, but it is so lovely I’d want o keep it in my hands at all times. Its classic look and bright colour makes it perfect for brunch with the girls or dinner with the hubby. Plus, it is more than big enough to carry a small wallet, makeup, a cellphone, and your tickets to the matinee.

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Also by Lanvin is this 100% lambskin clutch with gold-tone metal side panels making it perfect for a night on the town, fancy dinner, theatre, or even just drinks with the girls. It also comes with a gold-tone chain wrist strap, which adds even more glamour to the style. Can you tell I want it?

Check out the rest of Best Buy’s clutch selection here.

Messenger Bags
For the men out there, a messenger bag is the perfect weekday accessory. I work in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and I can’t tell you how many guys in suits I see walking around with beat up old backpacks on to carry their laptops and lunches. Backpacks serve a purpose, but don’t bring them to meetings folks! I digress …

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If you’re a fan of the classic leather briefcase look, this messenger bag from Fossil is ideal. It’s large enough to hold a 14-inch laptop and also features three slip pockets, one zipper pocket, and three penholders. Plus, its two exterior slip pockets give you quick and easy access to your phone, headphones, or other essentials.

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If your style leans more to the casual side, this lightweight canvas messenger bag from Buffalo is perfect. Like the rest of the bags on this list, it has a mix of internal and external pockets so all your “stuff” is kept nice and organized, and easily accessible.

Check out the rest of Best Buy’s messenger bag selection here.

Having different bags for different occasions and purposes is like having the right shoes for an outfit. Not only does it bring everything together, but when you add form and function to style, it puts a spring in your step. Ok, that might just be me, but there is something to be said for having a bag that keeps your organized and on trend, and each of these new additions to Best Buy’s handbag line up certainly deliver.

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