Welcome to Dressed for My Day, where my goal each and every day is to inspire and help women like you and me to dress beautifully and appropriately for our unique days so we can engage authentically and graciously with those around us. To that end, we spend a lot of time focusing on clothing here, but we can’t forget that our accessories can make or break an outfit. And beautiful, stylish and well selected handbags can really elevate your looks.
So I have scoured the shopping sites and carefully selected some beautiful handbags and shoulder bags that can level up your spring and summer style. It’s not easy for me to pick out bags that I wouldn’t carry myself, so I didn’t. These are all bags I would buy and carry with confidence.
Of course, I’ve also chosen bags in three different price categories: Save, Spend and Splurge. The bags in the Save category are less than $100. Some of these are name brands that have been marked down considerably, but many are discount brands.
Honestly, I love good handbags. Not pricey ones, but good ones, quality bags. So I generally shop in the Spend category, where I’ve included bags from $100-$300. I’ve found that in this price range I can find quality leather, good craftsmanship, pretty detailing, contemporary styling and good customer service.
As much as I love good handbags, I don’t think I’ve ever really shopped in what I’m considering to be the Splurge category. Some would probably say I’ve priced this category too low. But hey, this is my blog so I get to price the Splurge category according to my standards. Hahaha! So the Splurge bags I’m sharing range from $300-$500. Yes, there are so many beautiful and high quality bags priced above $500. And if you have one I am genuinely happy for you. I really am. But I’ve never shopped in that arena, so I honestly can’t advise in it.
Spring and Summer Bags to Save On
The only bag that I’ve carried this spring that falls into the Save category is my black top handle satchel. This bag is sold out, but this one, also from Target where I got mine, is very similar and available in some great colors.
On the graphic below you’ll find my top 10 favorite bags in the Save category. But I have even more in the shopping widget below the graphic.
I especially love #2, a Sondra Roberts Faux Leather Hobo. It has all the polish of a name brand and looks (at least online) like leather. I think it’s really chic. This is a new brand to me. Anyone familiar with it?
Number 4 is a Target bag, but would make a great nod to the snakeskin trend without going all out. And if you’re looking for something a little edgy and of good quality, #5 is a Michael Kors belt bag (clear is in!!!) and # 10 is a metallic Frye backpack.
Spring and Summer Bags to Spend On
If you’ve been around Dressed for My Day long, you know I’m loving my large leather tote. Not only is it a great everyday bag, but it travels well. On recent trips I’ve simply filled my Michael Kors rose studded camera bag with my essentials and then put that bag and everything else in my leather tote. Good to go!
I’m also enjoying both my navy and soft pink leather bucket bags. The navy mini bucket bag is sold out, but the soft pink Blakely leather bucket bag is still available in several shades, and you can get another 25% off the already reduced price with the code MOM.
If you’re wondering why I gravitate toward Michael Kors bags, I’ll tell you. I find they are made of high quality leather, they come in colors I love and they characteristically have a very clean classic appeal. I prefer the bags that are unlined, too.
Another bag I’m really enjoying this spring (and didn’t mean to!) is this leather and wicker shoulder bag from Talbots. I got it during the Friends & Family Sale, but I still intended to return it after showing it with a few outfits here on the blog. However…I’m not so sure I’m returning it now! It’s a lovely size, made of quality materials and fits the bill for a straw bag for me. And I just love a straw bag during the summer. Plus, I’ve been needing a white bag.
So that’s four of my favorites in the Spend category, but I have 6 more for you, too. Remember, these are bags in the $100-$300 price range. Some may have originally been higher, but they’ve been reduced. So if they don’t show up in that price range when you click through, it’s because the sale has ended.
Now you know, I love blush pink. So a lot of the bags pictured above are in blush pink. But if you click through the links in the caption or the shopping widget below, you’ll generally discover these bags come in multiple colors. And many of them are gorgeous. So if you’re at all interested in the design, check out the color option.
Also, keep in mind that Michael Kors is having it’s Mother’s Day sale with everything 25% off, even sale items, with the code MOM. And if you sign up for KorsVIP you’ll get free shipping.
Spring and Summer Bags to Splurge On
Now I’m wading into fairly unfamiliar territory. This is where I window shop! And of course, some of the bags in the Spend category originated in this $301-$500 Splurge category, but I don’t buy them until the price is cut in half usually.
Still, let’s see what pretty purses we can find in this category. Shoot! If you get a whopper of a gift card for Mother’s Day you just might want to…splurge!
While I tried to find good deals on these gorgeous luxury brand bags, several of them are still full price. But don’t forget to use the favorites feature in the shopping widgets. You’ll be alerted when anything you “favorite” is reduced in price.
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Blessed for My Day
Do you have a plan for pressing the Word of God into your heart? I’ve found that, while I love reading God’s Word, reading is not enough for me to truly take in God’s Word. If I want it to do a work in my life and change me from the inside out, I have to plant truth much the way a farmer works the land.
Many years ago I began meditating on God’s Word by writing chosen scriptures on 4×6 index cards and then, over the course of a year, filling a 4×6 photo album with those verses. Each day I read through my scriptures, think on them, pray through them and choose to believe them. And sure enough, over the course of time those words of truth begin to take root in my heart and bear fruit in my life.
“And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.” ~ Luke 8:15