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Ladies: Which Handbags Match Your Car Personality?

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We’ve all heard about bags and matching shoes, but a bag that suits your car character? Why not!? Bag brands, just like automotive brands, have a design aesthetic that naturally appeals to certain tastes. Here are the purses that might look good sitting in your passenger seat.

Audi - Balenciaga

The stylish woman who likes what’s new and under-the-radar would look chic hopping into her S4 and sliding her Balenciaga top-handle bag into the seat next to her. This avant-garde Spanish brand is known for its motorcycle-inspired bags, so it’s a natural pairing for a performance vehicle.

(bottom left corner is the “work” bag – click on that, then view colors and choose “chestnut”)

Bentley - Louis Vuitton

With its LV logo splashed across it, the oversized Louis Vuitton duffle bag is the ideal match for the equally ostentatious Bentley. Both brands epitomize luxury and living large.

(E-Shopping/Women/Travel/Softsidded luggage/Monogram Canvas/Keepall 60)

BMW - Prada

It’s a match made in label heaven with these two recognizable logos. A Prada tote, like it’s BMW counterpart, is showy, beautiful and appealing to anyone with a modern, clean aesthetic.

(Woman/Handbags/Totes/2nd row, middle: gray tote for $1750)

Cadillac - Ferragamo Sofia Tote Bag

Classic Hollywood shoemaker, Salvatore Ferragamo, may have returned to Italy, but he made his name in the U.S.A. Another classic in American luxury is the Cadillac, whose traditional styling is a perfect match for the Ferragamo Sofia Tote Bag.

Ferrari - Gucci

It’s a strong but obvious connection: Ferrari and Gucci are both Italian, both sexy and alluring, and make any aficionado take a second look. The Jungle bag matches the purr of the Ferrari’s engine.

Honda - Coach

Sturdy and reliable are a few adjectives for both a Honda Accord and a Coach handbag. You get a lot of bang for your buck from these brands that are known for simple lines and nothing too extravagant.

(Scroll down to Kristin/the large photo on the left – the bag in peach)

Jaguar - Tod’s

Take a classic brand that’s been given a modern injection of life in recent years, and you could be describing Jaguar or Italian brand Tod’s. The new infusion of style hasn’t forgotten the beautiful lines and refined elegance that the brands are known for.

(Women/Bag/on the far left: Pashmy, bottom row)

Lexus - Dior

You’ll pay a pretty penny for both this sophisticated automobile and gorgeous handbag. While the Lexus is newer to the luxury game than the renowned French fashion brand, both define sleek, stylish sophistication these days.

(Womens/Collections/Handbags/Lady Dior/first one on top left)

Mercedes-Benz - Chanel

Ask anyone to name a luxury brand and these two will inevitably end up on the list. Mercedes and Chanel have never left their tenants of beauty, sophistication and refinement. And every woman would like an S-Class in her garage and a quilted bag in her closet.

Range Rover - Ralph Lauren

It almost seems contradictory, but the vibe of a Ralph Lauren suede tote and a Range Rover is “rugged fashion.” They’re sturdy, confident and the woman who carries or drives one has no problem hanging with the boys.

Saab - Marc by Marc Jacobs

She drinks wine, visits art galleries and doesn’t do anything the same as her neighbor. She’s a cool kid without even trying, and she drives a 9-5 and carries Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Toyota Prius - Matt & Nat

A hybrid car deserves an Earth-loving bag like one from vegan brand Matt & Nat, which uses recycled and planet-friendly materials. Bag styles range from hip messenger bags to more conservative top-handle purses, so there’s a motif to suit every Prius driver.

Volkswagen - Kooba

The iPod in the new CC is shuffling through indie music, the driver wears Ray Ban Wayfarers and has a Kooba bag sitting on the passenger seat.

Volvo - Tory Burch

The Volvo XC60 and the Tory Burch Bombe tote both epitomize clean style and suit the woman who likes lunching with ladies, getting everything done on her to-do list, and a glass of Syrah at the end of the day.

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