Top Handled Handbag: Chic AND Classic

Top Handled Handbag: Chic AND ClassicThere’s a fundamental difference between a trend and style, which is why certain fashion pieces can be resurrected 10, 20, or even 50 years later and still look amazing. I first reported on the resurgence of the oh-so-ladylike top handled handbag a few years ago. A collection by Michael Kors – consistently one of my favorite designers – caught my eye as particularly reminiscent of the legendary Kelly Bag. Sigh…

An elegant, top handled bag really never goes out of style! So, if you are investing a nice new bag this winter, I’ve showcased a few of the best new pieces for 2014.

I, however, will not be getting a new top handled handbag. Earlier this fall, I snapped up a pristine, vintage piece from the 1950’s at a sale for an impossibly low price (I literally ran across the room and pounced on it). Proof that real style lasts forever!

Not lucky enough to have inherited a great bag, or found one thrifting? Here are some new top handled handbags that you’ll reach for again and again for years to come.

  • Kate Spade red top handled purse (
  • Michael Kors leather handbag ($445 –
  • DKNY detachable shoulder bag ($415 –
  • Ted Baker leather purse ($310 –
  • Satchel top handle handbag (
  • Classic black purse (

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