For the steep price of most designer handbags, you could probably buy an entire closet’s worth of clothes. If that’s the way you think, then handing over your entire wardrobe budget for one (albeit lovely) item might seem a wee bit nutty. We’re all for investment purchases, but sometimes you just love the style of a particular bag, and don’t necessarily crave the designer label. Luckily, we’ve sourced a plethora of stylish alternatives to eight lust-worthy (and very expensive) designer bags.
Scroll down to shop our affordable picks—and the designer versions, if you’re so inclined.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Third of July Shoulder Bag ($328) in Black
The sleek gold chain and boxy shape of this shoulder bag make for a great day-to-night option.
BCBGMAXAZRIA Crocodile-Embossed Leather Backpack ($498) in Black
The Row’s gorgeous bag is backpack perfection, but we’ll happily settle with BCBGMAXAZRIA’s similar, more wallet-friendly version.
Stella McCartney Falabella Large Fringe Tote Bag ($2,040) in Metallic Blue
Neiman Marcus Carlyle Studded Leather Clutch Bag ($84) in Red
Our vote is to save when it comes to your clutch. We love the bold studded Valentino, and found an ultra-chic alternative for your next night out.
Pour La Victoire Inez Carryall Satchel ($395) in Deep Navy
We might even like this snakeskin-handled option better than its Chloé twin.
What's your favourite designer handbag style? Have you discovered a more affordable alternative for it? Sound off in the comments below!