One True Thing: A Transition Bag
(Corrects the spelling of Nasvik.)
The Want: An all-purpose bag that's roomy enough for office must-haves yet sophisticated enough to carry to after-work cocktails or a client dinner. It's got to be versatile, and had better be chic, too.
The Get: Rachel Nasvik's Phoebe bag ($335 at rachelnasvik.com). By day, the purse can hold everything from lunch Tupperware to commuting flats. For a dressier evening look, the shoulder strap detaches to transform it into a ladylike shape. With two zippered outside pockets, there are no excuses for rummaging around to find your office ID badge. Best of all, Nasvik's buttery leather improves with age.
BAG LADY ESSENTIALS
These purse accessories will take you from the cube to the club
Make up and go with Trish McEvoy's new Mobile Beauty Emergency kit. It contains blush, lip gloss, and two mini lucite-handled brushes—all housed in a sleek black quilted case that's big enough to hold a smartphone. $68 at trishmcevoy.com.
Ditch your high heels at the end of the night and step into FootzyRolls flats. These compact shoes fold into a zip-up pouch that's small enough to fit into a clutch. They also come with a a drawstring bag for storing your stilettos. $19.99-$30 at footzyrolls.com.
Weather the storm with a lightweight and sturdy Jacobs by Marc Jacobs patterned umbrella. Best of all, once the rain clears up, it's tiny enough to be slipped inside its carrying case and stashed in your purse. $18 at Marc by Marc Jacobs, 212 924-6126.
Store your evening baubles in these Rebecca Minkoff leather pouches, complete with custom hardware, a soft lining, and whimsical French phrases. They're perfect for odds and ends such as change, debit cards, and lipstick. $55 at rebeccaminkoff.com.