'Indispensables' is what handbags were first called when they appeared towards the end of the 18th century. It pretty much sums up how most women feel about their handbags today, or at least the contents of their bags, be it a laptop bag, a backpack or a clutch containing only the evening's indispensables. Modern women's most hard-working bags are the ones used to carry life's essentials – totes, cross-body bags and shoulder bags that are roomy enough to hold everything from a tablet to a tissue. Structured bags remain a favourite nine-to-five handbag, as they retain their shape no matter what you pack into them and make it easy to retrieve said essentials, thanks to having several inside pockets. If you need to carry around even more, perhaps books to the day's lectures or everything you may possibly need on the beach, look at a trendy indie-inspired backpack or large tote with happy prints or stripes. Cross-body bags, like backpacks, have the added benefit of leaving your hands free as you go about your daily business. Come party season, it's time to bring out the evening bags. A sparkly clutch or embroidered purse bring romance and old-world allure to an LBD. Strappy evening bags usually can hold a teensie-weensie bit more and will look as elegant worn over your shoulder with a figure-flattering outfit. If your skirt is wider, dangle it daintily from your wrist. If you're in the market for a bag – perhaps an on-trend shopper or a classic top-handle bag – to brighten your outfit and to carry your life around in, Spree's got it in the bag.