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The Dress Edit

These Black Top Handle Bags Mean Business In And Out Of The Office


The secret to loving Mondays is having black top handle bags in your wardrobe. After all, how could one look forward to the week without feeling their best? Getting dressed every morning for the office is one of the most dreadful things a fashionable woman never looks forward to. However, the office is the perfect setting to experiment with new styles and pieces you have never touched.


So, if you’re looking for the perfect excuse to shop new accessories, make it work. After all, you do have to look your best Monday-Friday, so the least you could do is feel great in your outfit. From Givenchy to Saint Laurent, the best in top handle bags are in this list. The only thing you’ll need is to buy is a pair of designer heels and a daytime dress to match. Black top handle bags practically go with everything.

A woman with a short haircut reclines elegantly on a curvy modern sofa, wearing a long black dress with one leg exposed. She accessorizes with a Givenchy Antigona mini black leather top handle bag and high-heeled boots, against a minimalist background.

GIVENCHY Mini Antigona Stretch Leather Satchel Bag

A woman in a stylish velvet blazer holds a Tom Ford Whitney large black glossed croc printed leather tote bag prominently, accessorized with gold details. Only her torso and arms are visible in the image.

TOM FORD Whitney Large Glossed Croc-effect Leather Tote

Not Your Average Black Top Handle Bag


Who said black top handle bags had to be boring? Work appropriate pieces come in an array of shapes and sizes, but this year’s options are must-haves. The Givenchy Antigona leather bag in particular isn’t your average work bag. In fact, it probably goes against all the rules that exist. Small, stylish, and certainly edgy, I’ve been wanting this piece ever since it dropped. Out of all the bags in this edit, this one is most unique by far. Style it with the AJE Solstice pleated midi dress and Dolce & Gabbana satin mules for a showstopper look you’ll want to wear every 9-5.


For those looking for a more corporate look, the Tom Ford Whitney croc-effect tote is a great choice. While it still is stylish, it’s also spacious enough for tech essentials and more. Plus, it’s croc—who doesn’t love croc? I’d pair this one with the Givenchy belted midi dress and Paris Texas croc-effect slingback sandals for obvious reasons. An all-black look will always rule supreme in the corporate world. If you’re going to be in the office every day, you might as well wear the best in top handle bags. Good style is bound to make every Monday your favorite day of the week.

  • TOM FORD Whitney Large Glossed Croc-effect Leather Tote

  • PRADA Large Leather Hand Bag

  • SAINT LAURENT College Medium in Quilted Leather Bag

  • VERSACE Mini La Medusa Leather Top Handle Bag

  • BOTTEGA VENETA Small Andiamo Intrecciato Leather Top-Handle Bag

  • SAINT LAURENT Toy Shopping in Box Leather Bag

  • BOTTEGA VENETA Andiamo Embellished Intrecciato Leather Tote

  • CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Small Cabat Quilted Leather Tote

  • GIANVITO ROSSI Valì Mini Leather Tote

  • BALENCIAGA Crush on You Crushed Leather Shoulder Bag

  • SAINT LAURENT Sac de Jour Leather Duffle Bag

  • BOTTEGA VENETA Mini Hop Intrecciato Black Leather Hobo Bag

  • VERSACE La Medusa Embellished Patent-leather Shoulder Bag

  • FERRAGAMO Prisma Glossed-leather Tote

  • BALENCIAGA North-south Medium Embellished Textured-leather Tote

  • GIVENCHY Mini Antigona Stretch Leather Satchel Bag

  • MARC JACOBS The St. Marc Mini Top Handle Bag

  • REFORMATION Vittoria Medium Leather Shoulder Bag


Simplicity For Everyday Wear


Black top handle bags can also be a minimalist’s dream. If you’re on the hunt for something a bit simpler and still fashion-forward, the Gianvito Rossi Valì leather tote is not a bag to be missed. While it looks too simple on the surface, this bag can actually make a major impact on a work look. From dresses to pant suits, its boxy shape is just perfect for styling a modern look. Plus, gold hardware offers an excuse to rock your favorite gold jewelry. As for shoes and a dress, look to the Faithfull the Brand Blythe mini dress and Jennifer Chamandi Lorenzo pumps. This trio makes the best ensemble for the corporate woman.


For a little bit more detail, the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour duffle bag is another great find. While on the more luxurious side of handbags, you can certainly make if office-appropriate with styling. It’s hard to hate any accessory from Saint Laurent—each piece is worth every penny. I’d style it with the Totême pleated midi dress and Souliers Martinez Kika sandals for a head-to-toe luxe look you’ll keep running back to. So, before you reach for a tote, try a black top handle bag for a change. You might be surprised with the styling opportunities that await.

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A person dressed in a black fuzzy sweater and pinstripe trousers is holding one of the latest Saint Laurent Sac de Jour black leather duffle bags by the handles. The background is white, providing contrast to the dark colors of the clothing and the elegant bag.

SAINT LAURENT Sac de Jour Leather Duffle Bag

A person wearing a pleated pink dress and gold bracelets holds a Gianvito Rossi Valì mini black leather top handle tote bag with gold accents.

GIANVITO ROSSI Valì Mini Leather Tote

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