The high street excels at so many things, but we find the one area where it often falls short is the handbag department. It can be difficult to find expensive-looking bags for under £200, let alone £100, with many choosing to invest in designer handbags above any other item. The key to shopping for bags on a budget is to stick to clean, minimal designs that look more luxurious than their price tags.
Topshop and Mango are leading the way here with timeless, sculpted designs that are free of any branding or brash prints, but you'll also find styles at & Other Stories, Zara and Charles & Keith that may surprise you. Or you can also go the other way, and use high-street handbags as a way to dip into fun novelty trends, like cow print, '90s silhouettes and trending colours, like this season's sage.
Scroll below to shop our edit of the best handbags on the high street right now.
Sage is about to be the colour of 2019.
We love the chains trap on this bag.
The white stitching and structured shape makes this bag feel super luxe.
The under arm folded tote is the 2019 way to carry your handbag.
Croc is quickly becoming our go-to accessory texture.
This 90's handbag shape will have people thinking it is by a designer cult brand they want to know about.
The metal ring on this bag sets it apart from all others we've seen for £20.
Black and tan is a winning colour combo when it comes to looking chic.
This comes in many other colour ways.
A top stitched bucket bag is a fool-proof high street must have.
We're very into this 90s style bag shape at the moment.
If you're going to buy into a fast-fashion trend like mesh, always nab a great high-street version.
& Other Stories is another one of our favourites for high-street handbags.
This is a perfect work bag.
You can wear this to the beach too come summer.
The clean lines of this bag make it look more expensive.
Animal print is staying put for 2019.
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