Every woman needs a serviceable bag to tote around her essentials, like 20 tubes of lip-gloss and the pile of forgotten receipts that inevitably builds up in the bottom of every purse. But, true fashionistas know that a handbag is much more than a boring essential. The right one can turn an outfit from ho-hum to hurray. Buying a designer bag can mean shelling out a month’s salary, but if you aren’t ready to spring for a big-budget bag like a Hermes or a Louis Vuitton, there are some more affordably-priced options. These designers produce luxurious, high-quality bags that are just right for stylish ladies on a budget.
Walking the line between chic and classic, this legendary brand offers high-quality leather bags starting around $300. For even greater savings, shop the brand’s outlet store for last season’s styles and exclusive designs starting around $100.
From hobo to drawstring bucket styles, Dooney and Bourke offers leather bags in shades ranging from cotton candy to basic black. Starting under $300, this brand is easily found in department stores, such as Macy’s and Nordstrom.