Whenever you carry a red handbag, it’s like taking out an insurance policy on your outfit. Even if it’s not the most exciting ensemble—say, just jeans and a T-shirt, or a very basic LBD—the jolt of bold color tricks the eye into thinking you’re much better dressed. Or, more precisely: everyone else’s eyes, so they won’t know how little effort you put in.
Indeed, a crimson purse is your best friend on those mornings you find yourself frantically grabbing the top couple pieces from the laundry you washed five days ago and still haven’t folded, or are just plum out of style inspiration. Perhaps the only downside is that you might feel like you don’t deserve all the glowing compliments it gets you, but is that really such a bad problem to have? For days when you want to be a lazy dresser (or, even better, make a great look amazing), I’ve gathered 25 of the best red handbags online right now in the slideshow above. Click through to find the right one for you.