As we head into February, we want to keep honoring our resolutions
. Staying strong in our 2018 convictions is important, whether it be a simple daily edit or a total lifestyle change. And believe it or not, your trusty handbag
might be the key to reinforcing your resolutions. That's right; this clutch item (pun intended) plays an essential role in your daily life when it comes to style
*and* practicality. What you carry around with you is a physical expression of who you want to be — and not just a fierce style slayer. Did you decide to get organized
this year? To be more adventurous
? Do you want to get fit
? Scroll on to find the ideal bag for five common New Year's resolutions and prepare to feel good AND look good all year long.
The Minimalist Bag:
If your resolution is to stop acquiring so many things, then this bag is for you. The Jill Sander Triangle Clutch
($413) can only fit your essentials, so you won't even have the option to hoard. This Italian-made clutch features a clean, white angular design, one zipper, and one compartment. It's as simple — and minimal — as that!
The Fit and Fabulous Bag:
You may already be getting in shape, and for that we applaud you. Encourage your healthier lifestyle with a handbag that can hold your exercise-y stuff too. The Kate Spade Watson Lane Yoga Bag
($298) is super stylin', features an outside yoga mat pocket, and is the ideal size to take the motivated gal from keyboard to kettlebell on the daily. We are seriously down(dog) with that.
The Bold Babe Bag:
You've resolved to try all the new things and step outside your comfort zone. We say: GO. ALL. OUT. In every aspect of your life, but *especially* when it comes to experimenting with crazy new trends
, investing in worthwhile closet staples, and refining your personal style. We're all about the Alexander Wang Denim Roxy Mini Bucket
($595) because it perfectly embodies bold, whimsical flair. Replace that black crossbody you've been schlepping around since forever and embrace the risk-taking fashion girl you were born to be.
The Trailblazer Bag:
You spend entirely too much time at work bent over your laptop. Sure, you're a hard worker, but you rarely see the light of day. And then it's back home to The Office
reruns and microwave popcorn for dinner. It's time to break free of this routine. Just holding the SENREVE Maestra Bag
($995) will make you want to take that weekend road trip you've been dreaming about for weeks (months? years?). Don't worry about getting caught in the rain when you're rocking this water-resistant leather bag that can be worn all
ways — satchel, tote, crossbody, or backpack. So go forth and leave no road untraveled. Oh, and did we mention it works well with your nine-to-five wardrobe as well, to maximize its value?
The Organizer Bag:
Are you always digging for your sunglasses, wallet, and phone? Do you instead find old candies, an unused notebook, and receipts from 2016? If you decided to bid adieu to clutter this year then we recommend the Dagne Dover Charlie Tote
($495). It's chic and smart (just like you), and it's functionally designed to keep your things organized with a sturdy structure and plenty of pockets. No more embarrassing, frantic emptying of your entire purse contents to answer an important call.
The Good Samaritan Bag:
If you're feeling mainly Insta-involved in your community instead of *actually* involved, then chances are you're resolving to disconnect. And even though it can be hard to do a full social purge, you can re-engage in other ways. Like giving back to the global community with a purchase of the Parker Clay Miramar Leather Bag
($188). Parker Clay supports struggling Ethiopian communities by providing jobs and they also partner with Ellilta - Women at Risk
, a nonprofit that supports women trying to escape the sex industry. Do good, feel good, look good.
What handbag will help you stylishly keep your New Year’s resolutions? ‘Gram it and tag us @BritandCo!
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(Illustrations by Torii Burnett)