The 9 Purses And Bags That OGT Readers Love

Reader's Favorite Purse

I don’t necessarily love having to carry a purse, but since I have stuff that I need to carry with me during the day, it’s pretty much unavoidable. So I try to at least make carrying a purse as painless as possible by finding cute bags with practical features, which includes keeping my eyes peeled and getting recommendations from anyone willing to share them.

After I got such a great response from posting on my Facebook page asking for recommendations for comfortable shoes (I ended up with so many that I wrote a whole blog post on the topic, which you can read at the link below), I thought I’d return to Facebook and ask about purses. Yet again I received some excellent input, which I’ll be sharing in today’s post.

Related: These 10 Brands Have The Most Comfortable Shoes

I’ve included the few brands that were mentioned by name, but since so many comments listed features that they liked in a bag or purse, I found options on Amazon that with similar features. Each of the options I chose has an average rating of over 4.5 stars from thousands of reviews, so between OGT readers and Amazon reviewers, I’ve come up with a strong selection here!

9 Of The Best Purses And Bags, According To OGT Readers

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1. The Practical Bag – Travelon Women’s Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag

Price: $55

If you’re looking for a bag that’s practical, functional, and durable, this bag is a great option! It’s a favorite of travelers for its thoughtfully designed compartments and security features. Here’s what one reader had to say about it:

  • “This is the perfect bag! I purchased this for a trip, but just continued using it once I got home. There’s a convenient pouch for your credit cards, a water bottle pouch that zips away when not in use, and the main compartment is very roomy. It also has quite a few safety features, like a slash-resistant strap, RFID-blocking technology around the credit cards, and tiny clips that lock each compartment. I love it!” – Brittany
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2. The Little Bag – Roulens Small Crossbody Shoulder Bag

Price: $20

This small bag is perfect for times when you only need your phone, a couple of credit cards, and a lipgloss. It keeps things simple, while still keeping your hands free!

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3. The Clutch – Aitbags Clutch With Crossbody Chain

Price: $8

This simple clutch would be great to carry on a night out. It has a cute chain strap you can use to turn it into a crossbody bag too!

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4. The Bag Set – LOVEVOOK 3-Piece Purse Set

Price: $40

Why have just one purse when you can have three? ;-) This set includes a large tote, a medium-size crossbody bag, and a smaller clutch. Use one at a time, or mix-and-match depending on what you need!

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5. The Pockets Bag – Alyssa Triple Zip Crossbody Bag

Price: $25

This bag is perfect for anyone who prioritizes pockets. It has three zip compartments so you’ll have a place for everything! It also comes in 21 different colors, so you can have a bag to match every outfit. :-)

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6. The Backpack – WINK KANGAROO Faux Leather Backpack

Price: $23.99

Some people prefer a backpack-style bag like this cute, faux leather option. It’s not as large or capacious as a school backpack, so it’s much more convenient to carry around. It will keep your hands free without getting in the way.

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7. The Hobo Bag – Realer Hobo Bag

Price: $37.99

This is a cute option for those who like roomy, slouchy hobo bags. You can pack all your stuff into it with room to spare! And thanks to the removable strap, you can use it as a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag.

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8. The Tote Bag – ECOSUSI Laptop Tote

Price: $47

I’ve definitely become more of a fan of totes in the past few years. (As long as they’re not TOO big, because that just leads to me carrying around more stuff than I actually need.) This one is accommodates a 15″ laptop, is sturdy and structured enough to stand up on its own, and has a classic appearance that would look great on your arm in any setting.

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9. The High-End Favorite – Dooney & Bourke Bags

Price: $100-500

If you’re willing to splurge on an expensive but well-crafted purse, you can’t go wrong with Dooney & Bourke. These bags come in a variety of sizes, styles, and prices, and the brand was the most frequently mentioned by far in the responses to my query on Facebook. Here’s a few snippets from D&B fans…

  • “My big old Dooney bag. I’ve carried it for the better part of five years and will until the strap falls off. Then I’m getting the strap fixed and carrying it until the bottom falls out. Then I’m giving it a good Christian burial in the yard because it is the best bag ever!!!” – Erin
  • “Dooney & Bourke. Cost me $400 but lasted 10 years without even so much as a scuff.” – Lacey
  • “Definitely Dooney & Bourke!!! I love all of mine!!!” – Mary
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BONUS: The Bag Organizer – OMYSTYLE Purse Organizer

Price: $17

This isn’t technically a purse, but every purse enthusiast should have one! Purse organizers are essential for those who switch between bags often. This felt organizer comes in 5 different sizes and over a dozen different colors, and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.

What’s your go-to purse or bag?