Just when women everywhere are embracing pops of colour in their wardrobe choices and doing away with the all-black and all-white only wardrobe, sometimes the best fashion statement to make is one that is unexpected. Take a note from these fashion powerhouses that are avoiding the obvious by choosing to go back to black.
And here’s the main reason why we’re all for this move. On hectic mornings, the last thing on your mind is whether your bag matches your outfit – that’s when you should turn to your trusty black work handbag. We ease your hunt for the best black work bag that you should invest in with these 11 picks.
The drape form of the Numéro Neuf Mini from Polene makes this bag especially unique. Resembling much like a dumpling, the corners are pinched at the bottom and the top of the bag, and while the textured calf leather is certainly pliable, it still holds its shape well. What’s more, the bag also comes with a detachable strap so it’s not only a handbag, but it also doubles as a shoulder bag and a crossbody.
A less OTT piece for those who prefer something less showy, this bag will soon be a hot favourite amongst many for its timelessness. What’s more, its simple design easily transforms your outfits from day to night — of which you can sling it on as a crossbody to keep your hands free or even carry it by its handles.
What’s not to love about Polene’s latest Nodde bag? If you ask us, we love how simple and chic this bag is – it comes with a meticulous circular stitching that wraps around the leather ring, and an adjustable strap that allows you carry it on your shoulders, or sling it as a crossbody.
The fancy gold hardware of this bag breaks the monotony of the box bag and gives it that extra ‘oomph’, especially with its gold-finished Celine logo. For a total no-nonsense girl boss look, go with a white pleated dress to juxtapose the black bag and top it off with yellow gold jewellery to complement the metalware of the bag.
The Chanel Flap handbag needs no explanation. Versatile, timeless, and stylish, it goes without saying that this bag has become a wardrobe staple for many.
This could arguably be one of the most identifiable bags of all time. Having reigned with “It-bag” status during the ‘90s, this bag is certainly making a strong comeback and it seems like it’s here to stay. While the bag does come in different colours, the black Prada Cleo is definitely a true classic that we can see you carrying for years to come.
You’re probably familiar with The Pouch from Bottega Veneta. It boasts a simple and classic design that resembles very much like a dumpling and it goes well with any outfit. Aside from that, it also comes with a single compartment for you to store all your essentials, as well as a snap closure, so you can secure everything while you’re on the go.
A historical Gucci icon, the Jackie from the luxury label is one of the most classic designs that are worth investing in. Whether you’re going for a casual look, or you’re spicing things up with a hot date night ensemble, this bag is sure to carry you through any occasion. Aside from its polished look, this bag can also be carried in multiple ways. Enhanced with an additional, detachable shoulder strap, you can easily attach it to the bag and carry it from the top handle, on your shoulder, or even as a crossbody.
Widely sought after for its timeless appeal and functionality, the Givenchy Antigona Tote Bag is the piece to cop if you’re guilty of lugging bulky items wherever you go. With a roomy interior that’s perfect to stash all your essentials and other whatnots, this bag is especially handy when you’re spending the whole day out.
We’re pretty sure that this iconic Dior Saddle needs no further introduction. Toted by celebs like Paris Hilton to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City back in 2000, the Saddle is a perennial favourite for many and it even has various iterations to its design — such as the embroidered version and the relaunch of the classic Oblique canvas version. But if you’d ask us, it is only best that timeless silhouettes come in timeless colourways. Hence, this Saddle in evergreen sleek black grained calfskin is our pick.
The Gate bag is inspired by the utilitarian equestrian saddle bag. Here, the bag owes its name to its side latched metallic pin with a flirty dangling leather strip that resembles the latch of a gate. We are especially a fan of how the logo-jacquard canvas strap cross-body also gives off more texture to its look.