Save Steal Splurge: The Black Bucket Bag
If we had to pick one accessory that swept 2014 — and will still be in high demand next year — we’re hedging our bets on the bucket bag. Blame it on understated luxe label Mansur Gavriel and the prevalence of the ’70s on the runways, because the bucket back is here to stay. If you’re looking to add one to your handbag rotation, we’ve got great options at every price point. Remember to look fo a soft leather so that when you tie yours up, it doesn’t crease or fold. You’re looking for soft cinching and an easy-to-tie cord. Opening Ceremony gives you a one-two punch of trends with a bucket backpack and Alexander McQueen’s option is a black and gold showstopper that’s a disco fantasy come true — with a sleek update, of course.
Save: Madewell Lafayette Bucket Bag ($198)
Steal: Opening Ceremony Izzy Backpack ($595)
Splurge: Alexander McQueen Padlock Studded Leather Bucket Bag ($1,845)