The handbag is an essential fashion accessory because your outfit isn’t complete without one…but they don’t have to cost a fortune. So, whether you’re after a new tote or you love the basket bag trend that’s in right now or perhaps you just want to do a bit of post lockdown retail therapy without doing damage to your bank account, I’ve got you covered. Below is a selection of bags that’ll see you through the Spring, Summer and beyond. After all, you can never have too many bags, right?
The Basket Bags
If spring and summer had to be described as a bag, the basket bag would win hands down. So obviously we have to start with basket bags! There’s something about the woven rattan design that just gives off a spring/summer vibe.
1. Faux Pearl Handle Rattan Woven Bucket Bag, Shein
How cute is this bag? It’s perfect for a day out at the beach or a night out. It’s big enough to fit a phone, purse, keys, makeup, hand sanitizer and face mask. The drawstring closure will keep your valuables safe. This bag can be worn in 3 ways: over the shoulder, crossbody or remove the detachable chain shoulder strap and wear on the crook of your arm.
2. Handmade Moroccan Organic Straw Woven Shoulder Bag, Etsy
If you’re after a designer dupe of the Jacquemus Le Panier Soleil, this is the bag for you – without the thousand-pound price tag. It’s big enough to carry your everyday essentials and more. The leather detailing is available in 5 different colors – black, brown, orange, red and yellow.
3. ASOS Design Vase Tote Bag, ASOS
Continuing with the designer dupe theme, this bag features a leather patch with monogram detailing, which is similar to that of the Loewe basket bag. This is the ultimate beach bag.
The Tote Bags
The tote is the bag of all bags. It’s multifunctional and it can be used for any occasion – how tote-ally amazing.
4. Geometric Graphic Tote Bag, Shein
This tote has serious Louis Vuitton vibes! It’s a cheaper alternative to the Neverfull. It’s big enough for your everyday essentials. It’s also a great day-to-evening bag if you’re going for drinks after work.
5. Canvas Tote, Zara
Now, this is a tote with a twist – you’ve got the option of personalizing it with your initials. ‘Initial’ things are so in at the moment and it’s a classic trend that’ll never go out of fashion.
6. Shopper, H&M
This black faux leather bag is great for work. A MacBook fits easily. As does a notepad, diary, water bottle, pens, hair bobbles and the kitchen sink.
The Crossbody Bags
With lockdown restrictions continuing to ease, you’ll need a bag that’s not too big or too small for socially distanced bottomless brunches. That bag is the crossbody.
7. Marco Tozzi Crossbody, Amazon
Add some pizzazz to your outfit with this orange crossbody. It can be dressed up or dressed down. For a casual outfit, pair with mules, mom jeans and a nice top. For a glam look, use to contrast an all-black outfit.
8. Befen Leather Wristlet Clutch, Amazon
This simple bag is great for everyday use. It fits the larger iPhone models and your daily essentials.
9. Pull & Bear Padded Shopper Bag, ASOS
Padded bags are trending. Grab this crossbody version right now.
The Bucket Bags
Once used to carry champagne, the bucket bag has a less extra purpose nowadays… but it’s still as classy.
10. ASOS Design Nylon Bucket Bag, ASOS
Back again with another designer dupe. This bag is so similar to the Prada nylon bucket…for only a fraction of the price. What’s not to like?
11. Mini Rope Bucket Bag, Zara
This quirky bag will complement any outfit. It’s drawstring closure means that all your things are kept safe so there’s nothing to worry about – or should that be KNOThing to worry about, since the bag’s made from ropes.
12. Bucket Shoulder Bag, JustPrettyChic
More of an evening bag. The ruched detailing adds something a bit different and it’s available in 3 color ways; beige, purple and blue. It really is a must have.
The Mini Bags
Because good things come in small packages.
13. Mini Top Handle Bag, Shein
An affordable alternative to the ubiquitous Jacquemus Le Chiquito, this mini top handle bag is large enough to fit a lipstick…and not much else. You’ll have to put your phone and keys in your pocket but don’t let the lack of storage space deter you.
14. Satin Pouch Bag, NA-KD
Stop the traffic with this bright green bag. It’s deceptively small and it can contain a lot more than you think.
15. Molly Micro Mini Bag, iKrush
Inspired by the Hermes Kelly, without the eye-watering price tag. Comes with a detachable gold chain shoulder strap.