#HERSSENTIALS: The Black and White Purse

Picasso painted the blues and Hefner loved his busty blondes. Like peanut butter and jelly, nothing can separate (or go between) black and white. As a hardcore bag collector, the one color scheme that can’t escape my mind is black and white.

Timelessly classic for generations, black and white has always given every outfit a bit of oomph since Ruth Handler dressed Barbie in her signature chevron strapless swimsuit in 1959. For myself, nothing beats a black and white handbag.

Growing up, I’ve seen my mom collect handbags in every color, texture and pattern. As much as I love a splashy beaded tribal print Baguette, I’ve always had a soft spot for her vintage ponyhair zebra print Dior Malice shoulder bag.

Thanks to its luxuriously soft pony hair, it’s always never failed to dress up ANY outfit whether it’s my Réalisation Par daisy print silk dress to distressed Current/Elliott jeans.

Shall I go for something casual, I either gravitate towards my Prada Cahier leather sling bag or Pop & Suki wooly gingham Takeout bag.

Given that both bags have a completely different vibe, I honestly love how they’re SUPER duper chic and travel-friendly!

Last but not least, I swear by my tweed Vivienne Westwood backpack if I can’t decide between going hands-free and/or carrying it on my elbow.

Now that you’ve got a primer on wearing black and white bags, here are my top recommendations to get you started!

  1. Pop & Suki Takeout Bag – $171 USD


2. Susan Alexandra Moo Bag – $360 USD

Get the party started with this conversation-making bag!


3. Vintage ’60s Corde Beaded Purse – $28 USD

What exactly IS a Lapis and Layers post without a vintage bag?! Trust me, you absolutely NEED this!


4. Zimmermann Pouch Bag – $260 USD

Spark up your #ootd with this joyfully sexy zebra pouch!


5. Rocio Naomi Clutch – $389.30 SGD

Earn the call of the wild with this acacia wood clutch! Pair it with a LBD and high heels on a GNO.


6. Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse PM Bag – $2,220 SGD

The price might burn a hole in your wallet, but owning this bag is a gift from heaven!


7. Valfré Across The Universe Round Bag – $52 USD

More subtle than your typical black and white bag, this one’s great for the minimalist in you.


8. Valfré Moo Backpack – $58 USD

Treat yourself to a dairy-free quick fix that can hold everything but the kitchen sink!


9. Marimekko Rinki Purse – $78.83 SGD

The perfect hands-free festival bag!


10. Red Valentino Black and White Star Printed Bag – $825 SGD

Not your usual B&W bag, but it’s a standout for brunch!


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Michelle Varinata

Lapis - (n.) a layer Shrek once said that "onions have layers" as he was peeling one. Like an onion, I have layers. Born in Jakarta and raised in Singapore, I grew up being surrounded in a multicultural environment. Then, I moved to the States, where I lived in NYC and L.A. The creativity, hustle, bustle and vibe of those cities inspired me to become a blogger, journalist and influencer. Writing by day and living it up by night, I slay in the streets one OOTD at a time. Full-face makeup included, too. ;)

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