The Five BEST Handbag Brands on a Budget

When it comes to handbags, you can never have too many. It’s a fashion truth: the perfect bag can make or break an outfit. Clutches, satchels, cross-bodies, hobos and totes are worthwhile investments that will always fit. That doesn’t mean you have to empty your wallet to find a new place to put it.

When looking for less expensive bags, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • It’s probably a good idea to stay away from logos, which draw more attention to the brand name than to the style and color.
  • Decide if you can live without leather. The real stuff will probably last longer, but it will also cost you more.
  • If you’re looking for longevity, then you might want to stick with a basic color like black or brown.
  • Check out our picks for the best handbag brands on a budget.

Best Handbags Brands on a Budget

1. Bottomless bag: Big Buddha

Big Buddha Bags

1. Big Buddha “Brianna” Bucket Bag, $90 at Big Buddha

2. Big Buddha “Chloe”Slouchy Tote, $95, at Big Buddha

Need an oversized carryall? Big Buddha has a bag that even Mary Poppins wouldn’t be able to fill. The relaxed boho-inspired line specializes in bags that hold everything you need to carry and more, most for close to $100. You’ll find them in Lord & Taylor and on Zappos, but they also show up in boutiques.

2. Trendy bag: Olivia + Joy

 

Trendy Bags

3. Olivia + Joy large “Tycoon” Flap Bag, $78, at Olivia + Joy

4. Olivia + Joy “Toast 2 You” Top-Handle Crossbody Bag, $68, at Olivia + Joy

 

When browsing Olivia + Joy, you’ll always find a bag that you want. The good news is that for $48 to $98, you can probably afford it. This newish label specializes in fashion-forward designs that strike a balance between pretty and edgy and trendy and classic.

3. Party Bag: ASOS

Party Asos Bags

5. ASOS Metallic Flat Lock Across Body Bag, $26.19 at ASOS

6. ASOS Metallic Dogtooth Zip-Top Clutch, $43.65 at ASOS

If you’re going to a cocktail party or to a girls’ night out, you can dress up any little black dress, jeans or a tee with a fun metallic cross-body or sleek clutch from ASOS. The British-based online store’s fashion-forward selections are playful and statement pieces. They might be so trendy, you’ll only want to use them for a season or two, but that’s plenty considering the price tag of $50 or under.
5. Work bag: Merona

 

Work Bags Merona

7. Large Cognac Hobo, $34.99 at Target

8. Small Flap Bag, $29.99 at Target

9. Merona Satchel, $34.99 at Target

Looking for an office-appropriate but still fashion-forward handbag? Merona has your bag. The Target brand makes a variety of handbags that will fit your iPad and look fresh in the process. Plus, for $45 and under, you can carry a new one every season.

5. Weekend bag: Jessica Simpson

 

 

Weekend Bag Jessica Simpson

10. Jessica Simpson “Katie” Satchel, was $98, now $88.20 at Zappos

Despite being a fashion entrepreneur and pop star, it seems like every day is a weekend for Jessica Simpson. Appropriately enough, her handbag line features everything we want in a weekend purse–fun patterns and colors that will stand out with our brunch and shopping uniform of denim and oversized tops.

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