The Tartine bag from J. Crew would fit into the second group of this caste. I bought the bag on sale with the intention of wearing it often this summer. It's compact, yet carries all of the essentials (I travel light for a woman I'm told). It's simple in style and classic. Last of all, you can't go wrong with navy which is perfect for all those stripes and other nautical pieces in my wardrobe.
Some reviews complained that the bag showed evidence of wear (straight out of the box or from the store) and that the leather scratched easily. I have found this to be true of the leather used in the Edie line of bags from J. Crew, so I was prepared for this flaw with the Tartine. Luckily, my Tartine purse came with just a small scratch. Also I think with these types of bags, a little scratching adds some character. The other thing I like about the Tartine bag is that you can wear it three ways: On your shoulder, cross-body, and as a clutch.
While the Tartine bag might not be at the top of the social hierarchy, she seems like a loyal and practical addition to my repertoire of bags. Plus, she'll look a little classier than my canvas bag!
Outfit: Shirt: J. Crew Tilda, Shorts: Gap Outlet, Bag: J. Crew Tartine Satchel