Mulberry Bayswater in oak. Can be smart or casual, is practical, will suit your personal style whatever that style may be, is iconic, gets better with age, will last you for years and if you ever wanted to sell it you'd get a decent price. But you won't ever want to sell it once you own it!
Have fun deciding!
I have to say, if I were to do it all over again, it would be an LV Speedy 30 in Damier Ebene. There's something so chic and timeless about it, I think it's an excellent way to whet one's appetite, so to speak
It makes me sad to say it, but I don't think I'll ever get one - I feel like it's not right for my lifestyle or something!! I don't understand it, but I just haven't ever gotten one. Grrrr...Maybe I should go back to the boutique and try it on again???
If you are going for the premium designers, then I would suggest a Balenciaga city. It looks fun and young and it too has a good resale value if you decide move on to something else. It also fits a lot of stuff but does not look too bulky. The black fabric lining is easy to keep clean and the bag is very lightweight. The city bag has also been around a while and I do not think that it is going anywhere anytime soon, so it would be a good investment, one that you propably would want to wear later one too.
I do not know what age you are, but if you are really young, I would stay away from anything that looks too ladylike, because you have to be a certain age to pull those bags off without looking silly.