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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 #5: The statement bag

In every girl's bag arsenal should be one that goes beyond the classics and truly expresses her personality. Whether that's with pops of color, intricate designs and/or funky shapes... well, that's up to you.

 Beautifully basic bags

Splurge: From preppy flat master Tory Burch comes this classy bag (the "Alize mini"). With leather trim, splashes of color and the iconic logo, this bag's a fun addition to any wardrobe. $395 from

Save: The Gibson Bag in Electric has a similar aura but hits at a much lower price point: $44.99 at

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