Those of us who love bags know all too well that it is nearly impossible for the average bag-loving fashionista to settle on just one handbag. Each season, designers pump-out several covetable designs, and it’s all most of us can do to restrain ourselves by limiting our new season acquisitions to just one (okay, maybe two).

However, if you did have to narrow down your collection, there are a few handbag styles that are absolute shoe-ins when it comes to timeless, effortless style.

The Tote

Celine Bicolor Luggage Tote

If you’re a frequent traveller, work long hours, or just need to carry a lot of things with you during your day (and want to look chic doing so), this is your bag. While admittedly it’s not the best choice if you want to transition from the office to drinks afterwards, a well-appointed tote does make all the difference in making you feel chic and elegant when out and about dealing with the business of life. What’s even better? You can actually fit your smaller handbag inside your tote, making it easily accessible.

The Quilted Cross-Body

Chanel Quilted Bag

There is simply no occasion that is unsuitable for a classic, quilted, chain-strapped, cross-body bag. Although our thoughts automatically turn to a classic Chanel bag, your options are not necessarily limited to this and only this; there are thousands of versions out there from designers all over the world.

A quilted cross body bag is the perfect bag for a woman who likes to carry a small to moderate amount of stuff with her, but also really likes to keep her hands free (all the better for shopping!). Most importantly, a quilted cross body bag looks just as at home with a t-shirt and ripped pair of jeans as it does with a suit or evening gown. This is one bag that is probably worth making the investment, as it will definitely do right by you over time.