Even I Wouldn't Guess These Expensive-Looking Handbags Were High Street

Ask any fashion-loving person what they have on their shopping wish list, and they'll likely mention at least one designer bag. Be it a Chanel, Gucci or Chloé, there's just something about an investment bag that can make the most serious go a little giddy.

However, 2018 was undoubtedly the year It bags became more affordable. From Staud to Danse Lente, so many bags coming in under the £500 mark elevated themselves to icon status, proving there is indeed a market for premium (albeit purse-appeasing) accessories. In fact, some bags were so reasonable they infringed on high-street price points.

Saadia of The Part of Style carrying DeMellier's Athens bag.

Striking the perfect balance between aspirational and attainable, it's little wonder high-street brands decided to strengthen their handbag game (and fast, at that).

While there have always been investment styles on offer, lately, we've noticed lots of impressive handbags that teeter around £200—a higher part of the high street, if you will, but still a good grand or so less than designer. Knowing that many girls are keen on this kind price tag when it comes to solid cost-per-wear investment, we thought it was time to give them the attention they deserve.

Jones of I See Jones carrying L.K.Bennett's Circle bag.

Featuring sleek metal hardware, butter-soft leather and unique design twists, these handbags look significantly more luxe than many more affordable high-street options.

Reiss and Ted Baker have taken the classic approach with its latest handbag collection whilst Kurt Geiger adds a playful streak with it's cult-status Kensington quilted chain-strap bag.

Sarah and Philippa of We Are Twinset carrying Kurt Geiger London's Kensington bags.

Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best high-street investment handbags worth spending your hard-earned cash on…

The luxe chain strap and padlock detail make this suede bag look so much more expensive.

Snake motifs work with most outfits thanks to their neutral and monochromatic colour palettes. 

The simple stud work helps elevate this tote to new chic levels. 

Kurt Geiger's sell-out Kensington bag has been reissued in a slightly darker hue, making it more versatile in the process. 

This bag will hold everything with ease—your laptop, gym kit, lunchbox…

Half-moon silhouettes are seen at many designer brands, but this Kate Spade New York number is the roomiest one we've seen. 

Invest in a piece of Little Liffner arm candy before it hits the big time. 

Small but mighty, owning an L.K.Bennett Mariel is practically an influencer rite of passage. 

This quilted style is as classic as handbags come. Treat it well, and you'll use it for life. 

Michael Kors's tote may have reached icon status, but this panelled crossbody makes for a stylish alternative. 

Leopard print is a forever-trend—carry this bag with pride. 

The clean lines and simple shape make this Arket tote look incredibly premium. 

This is just one of the many gorgeous colour-ways this handy shoulder bag comes in. 

Can't afford Gucci? This Aspinal of London camera bag will give the same sartorial effect. 

The contrasting colours and sleek gold detailing are too sleek to resist. 

Work, weekend or night-out—this is the perfect arm candy all-rounder. 

The chain strap extends so you can wear it on your shoulder, too. 

Don't be fooled—this bag shape holds more than you might think. 

So ladylike, if you told us this bag was vintage we'd believe you. 

Chloé at a high-street price? That's why we love the See by Chloé range. 

The acetate handle makes this chic black bag feel so now. 

Still, there's no harm in looking at designer bags, so start making your shopping bucket list with the help of our arm-candy glossary