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The toffee-colored handbag.

Models with toffee-coloured bags from Max Mara and Jacquemus.
Toffee-coloured bags from Max Mara and Jacquemus. Composite: Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock/Getty Images

The most desirable bag has been in a neutral, somewhere on the reclaimed-wooden-floor scale of ash to oak.

In the bygone age of the It-bag, the dream was to have a big, glossy, expensive black work bag and then a tiny, gaudy, Christmas-bauble of an evening bag. But for the past few years – and for the foreseeable future – the most desirable bag has been in a neutral, somewhere on the reclaimed-wooden-floor scale of ash to oak, in a moderate size that can house everything you need (minimal, now that diaries, tickets, and even money live on your phone) without becoming a burden.

Utility is now essential.

Straw baskets in this color, appealing though they are, are not your first choice here, because they miss the mark in a meeting room environment. But their ascent to glamour status tells us something about how the It-bag has changed: utility is now essential.

The article was adapted from TheGuardian.com.