Personal Shopper: The Perfect Black Purse for Emily

Emily writes: "Hi Gals, I've got a request for you. I recently upgraded my daily grad school tote to a Longchamp, and now I've got a taste for quality. While my tote is great for day-to-day stuff, I'm looking for a leather bag to use for girls' night, date night, church, etc. Since I see this as a splurge, I'm hoping for a bag that wont be out of style by next season, so some kind of cross between trendy and classic. I'm approaching 30, so nothing too teeny-bopper, but I'm in NYC, so not too boring either. I don't mind if it's recognizable as a specific brand, but I don't want a bag with the brand splattered all over. I'm thinking black, but I'm open to a color if it goes with anything (I tend to wear black, teals, deep pinks, etc. My budget is under $500, but I'm not opposed to searching eBay to find a better deal if the perfect bag is too pricey new. What do you think, can you find me a bag that's not too trendy, but not too boring? My current faves are this, this, and this! ~ Emily"

Hey Emily! I, Rachel H., love the bags you're already looking at! Here are a few more choices to round out your selection.

1 - Hype "Cara" Shoulder Bag ($227)
2 - Emporio Armani "Doona" Purse ($430)
3 - Alviero Martini Leather Bag ($395)
4 - Linea Pelle Dylan Large Speedy ($435, in three colors)
5 - Rebecca Mickoff Puffer Quilted Leather Satchel ($395)

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