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6 of the Best Handbags With Zips

While we all obviously want our bags to look great, a handbag with a zip that keeps your things secure is also a must. For busy city days or late festival nights, a bag that will completely close and ensure your essentials are safe is top of our priority list. But that doesn’t mean your bag has to be all function and no fashion, here are our top picks for handbags with zips for every occasion, giving you style with security. 

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The Top 6 Handbags With Zips…

  1. Commuter Friendly
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    Commuter Friendly

    Simple and sure to match everything, a tote bag is a fool-proof go-to when you’ve got a lot to carry, but on a busy morning train, you’re going to want a handbag with a zip for that extra peace-of-mind. Enter the ultimate commute companion, Kate Spade’s tote bags are a rare find being chic, roomy and also secure with a full top zip. Big enough to fit your laptop, purse, charger and all the day-to-day essentials, having the top zip and inner compartments means you can keep your things safe but also organised.  

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  2. The City Breaker
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    The City Breaker

    When you’re wandering a new city, ideally somewhere sunny and European, you don’t want to be too weighed down. Bridging the gap being a mini crossbody bag and a chunky backpack, the Nunoo Ellie bag has enough room to carry your phone, portable charger, map and money without getting in your way. Totally secure with 4 separate compartments that all zip, we love Nunoo bags for a perfect grab-and-go adventure companion that will keep all your things safe. Daydreaming about days spent wandering Italy in a floaty dress with the leopard print Nunoo bag in tow.  

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  3. Night Out Companion
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    Night Out Companion

    Night out bags are always tricky, needing to be uber secure but also look cute, not get in your way but also carry all your must-haves and back up lipstick. For a perfect balance of pretty and practical, we love this Marc Jacobs round crossbody bag. With its gold chain strap and classic Marc Jacobs double J logo on quilted back leather, this is the perfect night out companion handbag with a zip to keep everything secure without compromising on style.  

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  4. Stylish Shopper
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    Stylish Shopper

    For when you don’t need a full tote bag but do need space to fit in a couple of cheeky purchases, we’d be reaching for the See by Chloe Joan shoulder bag. Coming with a crossbody strap and having a full top zip, this is the ideal size to take you from a shopping spree to a mid-day cocktail break, ensuring all your things are secure while also being seriously stylish. With its boho detailing, we’d be pairing ours with wide-leg jeans, converse and a cute jumper.  

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  5. Formal Friendly
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    Formal Friendly

    Doubling down on security, this top handle handbag also comes with a zip compartment for extra safety while still looking chic for formal occasions. With the beloved Aspinal of London traditionally British style, a classic top handle handbag is an ideal go-to for more formal events with a stricter dress code, adding a touch of vintage glamour to the look. Having both a clasp closure and a zipped pouch inside, you can enjoy your evening knowing your essentials are untouchable. 

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  6. The Festival Go-oer
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    The Festival Go-oer

    Maybe the most important time to ensure you have a handbag with a zip to keep your things safe is when you’re in the middle of a packed crowd. Travelling light is a must for festivals so a belt bag is an ideal option, worn tight to your body for extra security. We love this leather option from Furla, being sleek and simple so as not to interrupt your outfit, but with a secure zip and inner pocket to keep your money and phone packed away.  

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Written by Lucy Harbron



Lucy Harbron

Lucy Harbron

Writer and expert

Inspired by the most iconic women in history, my style is informed by the Monroes, Sedgwicks and Birkins. Forever torn between maximalism and minimalism, you'll find me stomping around in heeled boots and trying to refrain from buying another pair of earrings.


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