Our selection of the best designer handbags that won't break the bank...
For years we've lusted after designer bags - from the Chanel 2.55 to Mulberry Bayswater and Hermes Birkin. But admiring from a distance is as far as we've managed to get, thanks to the high - and sometimes obscene - price tags.
But designers are becoming wise to what elevates a bag to cult status nowadays - and its all about the price. Michael Kors started a trend with his highly covetable but totally affordable bags, that are generally no more than £300. And designers have followed in his footsteps ever since. Even those that often retail their products at around £1,000 have created new or mini versions of their classics at a lower price point - which is just perfect for us! So now owning a piece of luxury doesn't have to mean spending a month's salary.
Handbags can make (or break) an outfit, so it's worth investing in a quality product. Expensive-looking yet cheap designer bags have dominated the market in recent years and show no signs of abating. You can now get your hands on affordable pieces of luxury for a fraction of the price.
From bucket bags to clutches, we've found the best cheap designer handbags in classic shades or brighter prints to suit every taste. Both functional and fashionable, Longchamp bags are perfect for carrying around your daily essentials in style. We love this gorgeous purple tote bag, £680.
Curious? Our edit of the best mid-range designer bags will leave you lusting after your next piece of arm candy. The only problem will be choosing your favourite...
Mulberry Jamie Croc Bucket Bag, £495
Bucket bags are fast becoming the It bag of the year, and while beautiful, designer versions aren't always budget-friendly. Here's a great example of an affordable mini bag - this leather bucket bag from, Mulberry, £495 earns serious style points with its croc-embossed finish and optional strap. There'll be no need to swap bags throughout the day, a bag like this works for all occasions.
Vivienne Westood Derby Yasmine Bag, £375
For a handbag that stands out, look no further than the Vivienne Westwood Yasmine bag, £365. The iconic style now comes in an eye-catching tartan print with gold detailing. Let the colours pop by keeping the rest of your outfit simple.
Michael Kors Bedford Cross Body Bag, £130
No list of beautiful and budget-friendly bags would be complete without something from Michael Kors. With its gold chain detail and classic shape, this Bedford cross body bag, £130, is the perfect hands-free way to carry your essentials.
Aspinal Chameleon Midi Marylebone, £895
Buy a truly unique piece with the revolutionary Aspinal Chameleon bag, £895. You can now have a bespoke handbag for a fraction of the usual price, with your choice of colour for the body, straps and handles, and even an optional internal phone charger. This is a handbag that lets you have things your way - the perfect modern buy.
See by Chloe Kay Textured Leather Bag, £230
Chloe is the designer of the moment, thanks to the stunning boho designs that are perfect forthis season. You may not be able to afford their classic totes at over £1,000, but this textured-leather shoulder bag is just perfect for everyday use.
Diane Von Furstenberg Metallic Twig Envelope Clutch, £168
Never thought you'd own a Diane Von Furstenberg bag? This stunning envelope clutch, £168, is an elegant addition to any evening outfit. Its cool metallic texture means you'll dazzle your way through the party season.
Elizabeth and James Shearling and Textured Leather Bag, £190
This Elizabeth and James piece is a beautiful bargain for £190. Crafted from white textured leather and plush ivory shearling, this compact shoulder bag fits your phone, keys and cards - perfect for formal occasions. Team with gold accessories to shine all through the night.
The best cheap designer handbags
Both functional and fashionable, there's nothing more useful than a clutch to carry your essentials, like this beauty from Roland Mouret, £325. With its folded envelope façade and origami opening, this clutch is a contemporary twist on a classic. This slim black version goes with just about anything, so you can afford to wear bold accessories.
Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack, £260
Rucksacks needn't be bulky and boring - this stylish and spacious Rebecca Minkoff bag is a great way to add an urban twist to your daytime look. Just sling over your shoulder for a chic way to carry your luggage.
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