The “perfect” bag is often matter of taste. Some like shoulder bags, some like handheld. Some women prefer huge, cavernous styles, some like small, structured interiors. One handbag style, however, continually garners rave reviews: the satchel. Large or small, satchels are convenient and, by their nature, structured enough for work or casual days. And for spring and summer 2013, this bag style is even better thanks to expandable gussets. Part functional and part aesthetic, gussets allow the bag to morph into exactly the size you need when you need it. Price points are trending a little higher for these styles, but don’t let the investment scare you. They look so fresh and new now, but they really are a classic shape you’ll adore for years to come.
Expressions NYC Faux Leather Satchel, $68, nordstrom.com
Coach Legacy Leather Candace Carryall, $328, coach.com
Topshop Winged Tote, $90, nordstrom.com
MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Large East West Satchel, $358, macys.com
Julia Satchel, $248, vincecamuto.com