17 Top-Handle Bags That Will Become Your New Grab-and-Go Companions

A handbag isn’t just an accessory, it’s an extension of you; one that has the power to reflect all facets of your personality. Take the top-handle bag, for instance—the prim and proper carryall has a long list of celebrity admirers that share these same characteristics, from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Audrey Hepburn. Each wearer has made it what it is today: the must-have finishing touch to any outfit.

With an archive hailing back to the early 19th century, top-handle bags became the go-to companion for women due to their delicate charm and easy-to-carry nature. Some of their most classic iterations remain as popular today as they were upon arrival. For example, the Hermès Kelly and Lady Dior bags, whose modern acclaim proves this signature silhouette is far from bound to its past. Contemporary fashion brands (see Staud) are now iterating upon the bag with differing forms and fabrications, all of which are just as collection-worthy.  

Read on for our editor-approved round-up of the best top-handle bags of all time.