This is a shape to fill, cinch, and carry, whether you go classic (Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane’s sleek black bag) or attention-grabbing (Elizabeth and James’s bright-yellow, snakeskin-textured version). Click through the gallery ahead for those, plus eight more voluminous shoulder bags that will fit all your essentials and then some.
*This article originally appeared in the January 20, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.
Elizabeth and James Sling snake-effect leather backpack, $645 at Net-a-Porter
Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane medium bucket bag, $1,950 similar style available at Saint Laurent
Anya Hindmarch white bucket bag, $1,595 at Anya Hindmarch
Chanel drawstring bag, $2,700, similar styles at Chanel
Louis Vuitton NN 14 GM in Rubis, $3,700 at Louis Vuitton
Anya Hindmarch orange bucket bag, $1,225 at Anya Hindmarch
Loeffler Randall bag, $295 at the Rising States
A.P.C. large bucket bag, $720 at A.P.C.
Tory Burch Robinson Drawstring Bucket, $495 at Bloomingdale’s