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Your purse can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Size, design, pattern, stitching, comfort, and color are just some of the things that the average female shopper looks for in her next purchase. And when you pick the winner, nothing brings more satisfaction than leaving the house with that purse in hand for the first time.

Where do you even begin to look? It’s easy to fall victim to a tempting online purchase, only to receive it and realize that it’s not what you expected. Money is well invested in a high quality purse, and these are five designers who never miss the mark.

1. Givenchygivenchy antigona bag

Givenchy offers not just impeccable taste and flawless style, but also the luxury of remaining practical as a woman constantly on the go. We love the Antigona Mini Calf Leather Satchel Bag in red. At 8” x 11” x 5”, space isn’t an issue. Pack your cell, day planner, wallet, and make-up, with room to spare. This is professional enough for the office and fashionable enough for dinner, making it a versatile must-have for every fashionista.

2. Burberry

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 5.26.59 PMBurberry: Making plaid look good since 1856. But this isn’t the only pattern they style with; and any woman can find something she fancies in their line of handbags. We love the Lace Exclusives line, particularly the Small Orchard in Lace Leather. Hand-painted and made of 100% calf leather, this classic bag will surely add an elegant touch to your favorite outfits. Plus, Harper’s Bazaar says that in 2016, lace is bigger than ever.

3. Balenciaga

balenciaga purseYou’ll know Balenciaga when you see it. Commonly Biker-esque in appearance with a tougher edge, the brand still manages to maintain its chic air of femininity. We love the way the Classic Metallic Edge City in gris perle balances the pure color with its contrasting design. You can style this in so many ways, making it a bag you can carry just about anywhere.

4. Yves Saint Laurent

saint laurent parisYSL’s wide selection of bags is every fashionista’s dream, with shopping bags, crossbody bags, clutches, duffel bags, satchels, and more. With a variety of patterns and even fringed bags, you can style as conservative or as funky as you’d like. One of our top picks is their classic chain shoulder bag with an interlocking YSL signature, in black. Sexy and sophisticated, classy and fashionable, this purse looks gorgeous around any woman’s shoulder.

5. Christian Dior

Dior knew (among many other things) how important it is to assemble a complete, finished outfit. The haute couture house eventually turned some of its attention toward shoes, gloves, and hdior bagats; and today, a Dior handbag is the perfect addition to any woman’s wardrobe closet.

No woman can go wrong with the timeless Lady Dior bag in red pearlised patent calfskin. Embellished with silver-tone jewelry and the versatility to be carried by hand or on the shoulder, this bag will take you through the workday, all the way to drinks with the gals — and with a lovely added flair.

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