Every woman needs a handbag to carry everyday essentials -- wallet, lipstick, cell phone -- but a great handbag has the potential to elevate any look and become your personal signature. Some vintage looks are tried-and-true classics, including the Hermès' top-handled Birkin bag; Chanel's quilted leather, chain-handled shoulder bag, and most any handbag with a Louis Vuitton monogram. Investing in a quality designer bag is worthwhile -- if your budget can take the hit -- because you'll carry it season after season. Consignment or vintage stores or online sites like eBay are great resources for classic bags at excellent prices.
No matter your budget, a beautiful handbag inspired by the great vintage designs can be found at your favorite department store or boutique. Whether you choose a shoulder bag or a hand-held tote, make sure the bag holds your essentials and suits your style, and you'll enjoy seasons of great looks. Classic black is always right, but brown, camel or cream are just as versatile. You could also choose your favorite color and treat it like a neutral. No matter what the color, a classic handbag is a must for any modern fashionista.