Whether you need something elegant for work or to create a statement at a party – a white bag can complete any look!
It’s a timeless accessory that goes with almost any outfit, color, occasion, and season. And although black is a cult favorite among fashionistas for being a versatile color, we think a white bag packs the same versatility while being a fresh yet safe option.
However, buying a white bag for your day-to-day work and splurging on one that will serve as a luxurious statement piece is rather different. Or is it?
Well, we’ll be answering all of your fashion woes in this buying guide for white bags in 2022. From choosing the right brand and material to styling one white bag in multiple ways – we’ve got it all in this guide!
The Ultimate White Handbag Buying Guide 2022
1. Size, Weight, And Compartments
The first and foremost factor to keep in mind while buying a white shoulder bag is the size. Of course, those teeny tiny micro purses are all the rage in the fashion scene (thanks to Jacquemus), but let’s be real – they are utterly impractical!
So, if you work a 9-to-5 and must carry a laptop, phone, chargers, and other essentials, you’d need something big and sturdy. Or, if you’re a college student, then an easy-to-carry crossbody bag with multiple compartments will be suitable.
Speaking of ease, you must ensure that the white handbag you choose is not too bulky… unless you want sore arms!
Depending on how you’re going to use your white bag, choosing the right material is imperative. We recommend opting for vegan leather white bags as they are durable, easy to clean, and often affordable. Not to forget, a leather shoulder bag looks great with any outfit, whether it’s casual or formal.
However, if you’re a tote bag enthusiast, we suggest jute over cotton as it is not only eco-friendly but also offers a structured shape. This makes it easier to rummage through the oversized bag for tiny objects like keys, lip balm, etc.
3. Undertones – Warm vs. Cool
Ever noticed how certain shades of red make your teeth look whiter while others make it look like you just gulped down a glass of turmeric latte? Well, it’s all about the undertones of the color.
So, while this cool-toned snow-white crossbody bag from Louis Vuitton is ideal for a bold look, this Michael Kors off-white shoulder bag is more suitable for everyday looks. But again, thanks to the gold accents, if styled right, you can even pull it off for a dressy event. Or, you can go for this elegant and modern white purse from Jil Sander that doubles as a clutch.
That said, you don’t always have to go for an all-white bag. For instance, this feminine mini flap bag from Chanel features colorful sequins that add a subtle pop – ideal for a monochrome outfit!
The key is to pair “cooler” whites with funky hues like pink and green, while “warmer” whites make a great fit for browns and earthy tones.
4. Styles – Shoulder Bag vs. Crossbody Bag
Handbag trends may come and go, but you must choose a style that suits your personal preference and day-to-day requirements. So, if you need a sturdy and spacious bag for work, something like this white and beige crossbody bag from Gucci would be ideal. But if you’re willing to experiment, we recommend this Prada shearling tote bag that is sure to add some oomph to any look!
A pro tip here would be to ask yourself how you’d like to style a white bag before you set off to shop for one. Or, take a look at your closet and analyze the kind of clothes you usually wear. This could further vary with seasons or the prevailing weather in your city.
So, if you live in a tropical region, experiencing a longer summer, don this Dior book tote bag with a flowy dress for a date. But if you’re aiming for a cozy look this winter, pair this mohair blend crossbody bag from Burberry with an overcoat. Who said winter fashion is boring?
5. Quality And Price
Now, there are plenty of handbag dupes on the market, and some of them may even last longer than you would expect. However, we believe a high-quality white bag is a valuable investment.
So, if you find a handbag with a durable strap but the price is a bit higher, we suggest you go for it. Consider the extra bucks as a small price for the quality and practicality the bag will offer. You could further research the current market price, which may fluctuate with brands introducing fresh handbag trends for the new season.
How To Clean And Maintain White Bags
A dealbreaker for most, while opting for white bags, is the horror of cleaning it after each wear. No matter how careful you are, just like a crisp white shirt and a squeaky clean pair of white shoes, a white bag is bound to attract stains and spills.
Hence, we recommend wiping white bags every time you use them. Simply dust it with a dry cloth each time – it won’t even take a minute. If you happen to stain it with food, drinks, or makeup, it is best to wipe it immediately. Doing so will make the entire ordeal of washing or dry-cleaning much easier. Just remember not to let the stain sit for hours.
Further, if your bag gets wet due to unforeseen weather conditions or any other reason, it is best to let it air dry naturally. Do not use any electronic heating/drying devices, as the heat may damage the material. Once completely dry, you can use a fabric or leather conditioner to retain the look of the bag.
So, if you’ve been on the fence about white handbags, start with something affordable yet functional. For instance, this crossbody bag from JW PEI is an ideal dupe for every influencer’s must-have – the “Cassette” from Bottega Veneta.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to how you style it. Take a cue from the ever-stylish Rihanna’s white clutch collection or Kendall Jenner’s dainty arm candies. And before you know it, you will be turning heads with a pristine white bag in hand!