Ask any fashion-loving person what we have on our shopping wish list, and we'll likely mention at least one handbag. What can we say? We're suckers for beautiful sidekicks. A few years ago, you could probably guarantee that that bag would come from one of the biggest designers—something like Loewe, Gucci or Chloé—and sure, those super-high-end bags still hold a place on our dream vision boards for special occasions and major milestones. But recently, with designer bag prices rising higher and higher, a space has been created for premium-looking styles that sit at the more affordable end of the scale, and they've been wooing us in just the same way.
The next level down includes some really exciting contemporary accessory brands, from Wandler and Staud to Neous and A.P.C.—all sitting in the £200-to-£700 price point and perfect for a payday treat to yourself or a big birthday gift. But what's really got us bag-loving folks excited over the past couple of seasons are the seriously expensive-looking styles coming out of the high street.
We're talking supple, buttery leather styles and chic baskets that get our hearts racing almost as much as a brand-new Prada. And luckily, it's all our favourite go-to high-street destinations that seem to have gotten the memo. COS, Arket, & Other Stories, Jigsaw and Mango have all stepped up their bag games recently to include minimalist takes on classic shapes that elevate any outfit in the same way as the most luxury designer styles—except these come in at around a tenth of the price.
So if you've been feeling like your wardrobe is missing a gorgeous bag of late, keep scrolling to see and shop the most expensive-looking styles on the high street right now.
Shop Expensive-Looking High-Street Bags
1. Shoulder Bags
2. Tote Bags
3. Crossbody Bags