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5 Basic handbags every woman needs

Erica Mayyasi is a Red Sox fan in Manhattan. After stints at various magazines she now works full-time in public relations, though she continues to write for a number of sites including her blog

Beautifully basic bags

Seemingly endless amounts of handbags are on the market, so it's easy to get distracted on your path to purchase. Here we help you focus on five bags every girl should have -- and even give you examples of the splurge and frugal versions.

Basic bag #2: The overnight bag

Don't rely on a dowdy duffel for a night or two away from home. Travel in style with a bag that is chic yet still roomy enough for toiletries and a change of clothes.

 Beautifully basic bags

Splurge: This gigantic leather carryall by L.A.M.B. (the "Ceylon Pickwick") epitomizes both the glamour and rocker edge that is synonymous with the line's creator: Rock goddess Gwen Stefani. $599 at

Save: This Norma Kamali for Walmart large canvas bag has a touch of sophisticated prep at a remarkably small price: $20 at

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