Before buying think about exactly what you look for in a bag. Is it space, functionality, colour, a statement-making design, multi-texture?
Next up, consider when and where you'll be using it. If it's a case of everywhere and every day then you need to be cool with parting with at least £50.
If hoarding is your thing then something oversized and structured is an idea. The black Michael tote with chain strap detailing by Michael Kors (available at Shopbop.com for £220) ticks the designer box and meets the required demands.
For something fabulous in the £40 bracket - you'll find what you're looking for in the new Zara collections. The white mini city bag with zip detailing (£39.99) is the only way to complete your white-on-white ensemble.
Take a look through this shopping guide to get your new handbag game on. Black is classic, but a bold red, yellow or metallic is bang on trend.
Buckles, pockets and padlock detailing are big this summer too, and best of all - these bags will last right through to next season.
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