LILI'S PICKS OF THE WEEK

Calling all designer bag enthusiasts and budding designer bag collectors, it’s almost the end of 2021 and our wardrobe needs reorganizing and a refresh.

Let’s think about our fashion decisions, style choices and purchases this year, have they slightly changed? Whether you’re planning to do a big wardrobe cleanup or just a little update on some items, here are some things to consider when choosing a handbag – affordability, timelessness, style and durability.

Designer brands that made the cut as most affordable

When we say the word “designer” it doesn’t automatically go hand in hand with “affordable”. What really makes a designer bag affordable are the factors you consider when choosing and purchasing a bag.

Does the bag match with outfits that you have? Will it last long? Will it go out of style? Is this bag worth spending for? Will it benefit me having this style in the long run? Is it worth investing in? How much is my budget? These are the usual questions I ask myself before buying designer bags.

With those questions in mind, I have narrowed down which designer brands are esteemed as the top 10 most affordable.

Sale and pre-owned designer bags have increased in popularity

In some instances, affordable means buying your designer bags that are on special or sale. Yearly, there are price drops for most brands and it is a good opportunity to buy during this season.

You can also find sale prices for designer bags in their respective outlet stores. Also, If you have noticed, some designer bag enthusiasts and collectors give space for new finds and they resort to selling their pre-loved designer bags.

Nothing wrong with snagging a good sale price especially for limited edition items or even timeless pieces that will last you a lifetime, will fit your fashion style in your closet and a bag that you will surely use instead of just being kept behind the closet or storage.

Designer doesn’t always mean breaking the bank

Spending for a designer bag of your dreams doesn’t necessarily mean breaking your bank. I have carefully considered things like having a budget, investing for mid-range cost quality designer pieces rather than going all out for a designer piece that would cost you a fortune and you just end up regretting that decision.

Since we are slowly going back out, working and hanging out in malls and socializing, we are starting to get back on track and we would need to plan our outfits and revamp our clothing choices once again.

1. Coach Kip Turnlock Crossbody Bag

 

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This Coach bag is the epitome of versatility. You can dress it up or down and it is most suitable to use when you are on-the-go because of its compact style.

Features include turnlock, multifunction pockets and a detachable strap. You can carry it using the top handle if you want a more sophisticated look to match your chosen outfit.

It is made of durable materials and will surely stand the test of time. This bag comes in 4 different colors and can be personalized too!

Price: $315

2. Michael Kors Sullivan Large Logo Leather Tote

 

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This Michael Kors bag doesn’t compromise space at all!

It has a large interior that can fit everything you need from the essentials to make up bags, your wallet, your phone and even a change of casual clothes. Made to fit the classic yet sophisticated style that will last more than just a season this will surely be one of your favorite must-have handbags.

This large tote comes in 2 classic colors and can be monogrammed for no added fee when you purchase it.

Price: $358

3. Kate Spade Knott Large Satchel

 

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This large Kate Spade satchel is a great companion for traveling! It has a lot of room for your essentials, your mobile phone and it can also fit your iPad or tablet. The bag also has an interior zip pocket and snap tab slip pocket for better organization of your things.

It comes in four classic colors and an optional adjustable crossbody strap for hands-free carrying. For its price, size, style and durability, you’ll surely never regret purchasing this baby.

Price: $378

4. Rebecca Minkoff Edie Maxi Shoulder Bag

 

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This classic beauty that is basically big enough to fit most tablets and your everyday essentials too. Out of all the Edie handbags line, this baby is the most spacious. Accented with antique brass hardware and made from chevron-quilted leather, this bag is easy to wear and its style is very versatile.

This Rebecca Minkoff handbag comes with an adjustable chain strap where you can wear it as a crossbody or shoulder bag depending on the outfit you are pairing it with. You can use this as an everyday bag, bring it to work, while shopping, parties, events or traveling. Edie Maxi comes in 6 beautiful colors you will definitely love.

Price: $378

5. Furla 1927 Crossbody S

 

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Another timeless beauty, this Furla small crossbody bag is a nice addition to your handbag collection. Whether you are going to work, attend an event, have dinner or go on a date, this is the perfect handbag for you. It’s not too small and not too big, just enough to keep your essentials and your mobile phone.

The Furla 1927 Crossbody S bag comes with an open pocket at the back for easy access to your belongings and a leather strap with chain inserts. Choose between 8 beautiful colors.

Price: $398

6. Tory Burch Eleanor Small Bag

 

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This beautifully crafted  Tory Burch handbag fits all mobile phone sizes including the new iPhone 13 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 plus some essentials. It’s a bestseller for a reason because it is made from Italian leather and the twisted rope chain could be worn as a shoulder bag (doubled) or a crossbody depending on your mood and outfit.

It comes in 8 luscious colors which are all tempting but the color Tory Navy and black seem to be the crowd favorites.

Price: $598

7. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag

 

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This iconic bag from Mansur Gavriel is a crowd favorite. Made from vegetable leather that is designed to naturally soften over time creating that unique character the more you use it. This bag can fit overnight essentials and even a small laptop.

The bucket bag is available in 3 sizes – mini mini, mini and their standard bucket bag size. You can also choose from an array of colors and have it monogrammed too.

Price: $695

8. Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Crossbody Bag

 

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This classic and timeless piece is inspired by traditional workwear satchels. Made from Italian lambskin leather, this elegant handbag is perfect to use for on-the-go trips, work and going out.

The Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Crossbody Bag comes with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap for hands-free carrying. It also comes in 5 different sizes. You’ll go crazy as there are 19 gorgeous colors to choose from!

Price: $945

9. Chloe Medium Woody Tote Bag

This gorgeous Chloe tote bag is made of speckled cotton canvas detailed with shiny calfskin strips. But don’t worry, a water-repellent treatment was applied to the fabric.

Its style has a very summery vibe but you can use it all year round especially with its spacious room inside you can carry your essentials, your mobile phone, your wallet, a tablet or even your laptop. Choose from 3 great colors that would fit your wardrobe style.

Price: $984

10. Gucci Soho Small Leather Disco

This compact shoulder bag will surely be a hit for all occasions. With its timeless style and versatility, you’ll surely won’t regret purchasing this exquisite Gucci masterpiece.

The Gucci Soho Small Leather Disco can fit your necessities – your phone, wallet, a few make-up essentials. Purchasing this bag is a great investment too as it can stand the test of time and for the price, it can last a lifetime. You won’t regret it.

Price: $1,350

Honorable Mention

Ten designer handbags aren’t enough! Yes, it didn’t make the cut for the top 10 but this one is a close call, literally hanging by a thread. I couldn’t resist mentioning it as it is another trusted brand when it comes to quality, durability, affordability and timelessness.

Agneel Bella Calfskin

 

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Based in Berlin, Agneel is a well known brand that makes high quality and sustainable handbags. This classic yet chic bag is made from the finest Italian leather. On the days that you only feel like bringing your essentials with you, this bag is the perfect size for it.

The bag is divided into 2 compartments and has an adjustable strap that can be worn over the shoulder or across the body depending on how you want it or what you’re wearing. This minimalist-designed piece can be worn on all occasions and has 10 different colors to choose from.

Price: $610

Is it time to treat yourself?

Whether you are a new bag collector or you have been collecting bags for years, there will always be new and fresh finds in the designer markets if you are looking into updating or revamping your wardrobe. These trusted designer brands make sure that their bags are made with the finest quality materials, designs and styles you will definitely love without breaking your bank account. It’s okay to treat ourselves from time to time with our hard-earned money. It’s also okay if you decide to purchase that dream bag (or bags) of yours after reading this blog too!

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