How to Choose the Perfect Handbags for Your Capsule Wardrobe

Can minimalism coexist with divine designer fashion? As we outlined in a blog post a couple of years ago, minimalism might very well be your gateway out of just dreaming about luxury style and into actually living all up in it. And pre-owned designer handbags can help make that pared-down capsule wardrobe a real liberation in your life.

So, great, now you’re curious—maybe even committed. Maybe you’ve had one too many days of emptying the contents of your closet onto your bed as you’ve tried to get dressed and still feeling like you have nothing to wear. Maybe you’ve even filled out a capsule wardrobe planner like this one from capsule pioneer Caroline Joy of Un-Fancy…or at least you’ve been meaning to. Or maybe it’s just springtime and you feeling cute.

Whatever the reason, let this be a motivating next step. Once you’ve honed that wily wardrobe to just the pieces you love and you’ve landed on the interchangeable looks you’ll stick to for the season, you will most likely have saved yourself enough to commit your shopping dollars to investing in 2 to 3 pieces of wow-factor.

Enter your favorite pre-owned designer handbag boutique. We’ve got some tips and suggestions to help you choose the perfect handbags to complement your new sleek lewks and life. And, even though these choices could last you for years to come, we’ll be here for you at the end of the season if you’re ready to trade in and move onto the next capsule.  

First we suggest you think of 3 handbag functions:

  1. the everyday, everything bag
  2. the smaller contrast bag
  3. and the statement bag

Bag #1: Your Everyday, Everything

When planning your capsule, you’ll probably select a certain color palette for your clothes. You might choose to make your base either black or navy and add in neutrals around that with a splash of an optional accent color.

If choosing black for your base seems like a no-brainer, you may want to double down on the dark by choosing a black tote as your everyday everything.

Chanel Grand Shopping Tote PatentGucci Re(Belle) Top Large

But might we also suggest a whiskey/camel/ecru everything? This color family will fly with any range of neutrals—including black.

Louis Vuitton Artsy MM EmpGucci Guccisma HoboPrada Inchiostro Saffiano

Then again, choosing to feature your accent color in your everyday everything bag can make a more understated outfit suddenly pop.

Prada Vitello Daino Shopping ToteHermes Red Birkin

Bag #2: Your Smaller Contrast

If you’ve chosen a nice roomy tote situation for your everyday everything handbag, we suggest something more compact and possibly hands-free in a different neutral. 

Gray or cream will go almost anywhere.

Chloe Hudson Studded Crossbody Mini Grey  Yves Saint Laurent Lulu Small Crossbody Beige

Or if you went with a brown or accent color for your larger bag, a smaller black crossbody will cover a lot of ground.

Chanel Quilted Black Lambskin Convertible Wallet on a ChainLouis Vuitton Pochette Metis Emp

Bag #3: Your Statement

Bring in something bold to add interest to your beautiful wardrobe, which, probably at this point contains a lot of neutrals. Think of something you’ll want to carry when you’re dressing up for a night out…or for a particularly fabulous day. 

Prada Cavallino Small TwinLouis Vuitton Chain GMGucci Suede Fringe Bamboo Tote

And if you need to exceed whatever you’ve set as your item limit for your capsule. Don’t worry. We’d never judge you.