Sure, there's something to be said for carrying the It-bag of the moment. That pink mink tote will get you plenty of love on Instagram, and that dizzyingly embellished Gucci handbag will earn you endless double-takes on your commute (or were those side eyes?).
A couple months down the road, though, you might just look at your trendy extravagance with a twinge of regret and think, huh, I could have taken a trip to Tahiti instead ... which brings us to the classics. Based on cost per wear, each of the bags ahead would be a bargain at full price—and then you notice that they’re mega-discounted.
Our advice: Grab them while you can and never let them go.
Kate Spade New York Satchel
Refined lines and a tasseled little bow make Kate Spade’s take on the satchel work with every outfit in your wardrobe — and we swear, that’s no exagerration. Knot an Hermès scarf around the strap and know that you’ve achieved the most classic look possible.
Rag & Bone Backpack
Please note the trompe l’œil trickery going on in Rag and Bone’s backpack satchel: Its super-soft suede has been embossed to look just like classic corduroy. Now check out the equally appealing 55 percent markdown, which we promise is no trick.
A.P.C. Bucket Bag
Nothing proves you’ve mastered French-girl flair better than a leather-and-suede bucket bag by the Parisian label. Another bonus: for the next couple decades you’ll be able to brag about how you scored it for 40 percent off.
Marc Jacobs Tote
Rendered in what might just be the softest leather ever, Marc Jacobs’ ‘Wingman’ tote will complement everything in your wardrobe while letting you lug around almost everything you own.
Calvin Klein Tote
Calvin Klein gives the classic crocodile-embossed tote a little dose of glamour, courtesy of a pair of golden disks that dangle from the strap.
Jil Sander Tote
For the next decade or so, your mornings will be just a tiny bit more streamlined, thanks to this tote that forever after solves the problem of what bag to bring today.
3.1 Phillip Lim Bucket Bag
Sling this little bucket bag over your shoulder and head out armed with all your essentials.
Alexander Wang Bucket Bag
This is the very first time we’ve spied an Alexander Wang bag adorned with his signature studs at 50 percent off. Our suggestion: Grab it while you can.
Master&Muse X Clare V. Clutch
Zip your essentials tight in this pebbled leather clutch and pair it with each and every outfit you own.
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