The Lowdown: Have a handbag addict on your shopping list? Us too — and while you could go with the expected and all-pleasing big fat tote bag, the fashionista in us had our eye on something a little more, well, elegant. We’re not handbag snobs by any stretch but there is something about the chain-strap handbag that makes us feel just a little more haute. Not that we’re looking for ourselves of course (cough cough), we’re only thinking of others. Moving on …
While the traditional chain-strap bag is smaller and more ladylike, we’d say select the bag based on the personality of the person you’re buying for and there will be a chain-strap bag that works … right now you can find styles from the tiny to the, shall we say, ample. Whichever style you select, be assured that the giftee will appreciate the fact that it will add just the right amount of bling to even the most basic of ensembles. We’ve picked a few of our favorites, from Zappos, from $35-$80 each.