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A Girl’s Best Companion – Handbags

by — Posted in Fashion on November 6, 2018

What is the difference between a purse and a handbag? Style, of course!

While they’re technically the same thing, I’m sure most of you ladies will agree that there’s a huge difference between a purse and a fancy designer handbag. Trying to pick the best designer handbag on the market is an impossible task. Even ladies with impeccable style and taste always going to disagree simply based on personal preference.

There is no way to create a definitive guide, but it is our hope that this can help you find what you’re looking for.

Things to Consider

I’m not going to pretend there’s some kind of definitive guide to buying a handbag. Most women instinctively know what they want, and those who don’t probably have a more fashionable friend who does. Nevertheless, here are a few basics.

1. Style
When it comes to fashion, style is Queen. Where designer handbags are concerned, style is Venus herself.

2. Designer
Designer handbags are, by definition, all about the designer who made them. But in absolutely no way are all designers made equal.

3. Size
Bigger is not always better. Plenty of designer handbags are on the smaller side, but let’s be honest. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the handbag is; you’re going to find a way to fill it all the way up.

4. Status
What does your handbag say about you as a person, as a woman, as a friend? I don’t mean status here in a negative way at all. Consider it a matter of taste, if you will.

5. Price
This is obviously one of the most critical aspects of picking a designer handbag.


Best Designer Handbags under $100


9. Gucci Women’s Medium Red Textured Leather Trademark Logo Swing Tote Purse

This imported handbag was designed , and it is made from 100% leather. The bag has a really interesting design that is sure to impress. The bag also comes in a number of different brilliant colors including Sapphire, black and red, so that you can choose which suits you best. The bag has a zipper closure in order to keep all of your belongings safe and secure. What is more, the bag has a 1-year limited warranty, so if anything happens to your bag, you can rest assured that Fossil will fix it.

As a result of the Jules’ inspired design, it’s not very large and isn’t going to hold a lot of things. As a result, this is probably not big enough to be your lone handbag, but it is a perfect companion for a special night out with the girls or for a date with your new beau. (He’s going to pay, after all, isn’t he?) This exquisite cross-body measures seven inches by four inches and has a 25.5-inch strap.


  • Made with genuine leather
  • Striking design
  • Extra-long shoulder strap


  • Unusual shape limits storage space


Best Designer Handbags under $200


8. Marc Jacobs Recruit Open Face Half Zip Around Wallet

This Marc Jacobs open faced handbag has a military style design, and is a perfect bag to function as a wallet. It has a small strap that allows you to carry it independently, or you can keep it stored inside a larger handbag for safekeeping. A simple, elegant design make this a must-have for any woman’s collection.

The wallet is made from leather and boasts a zip around closure. The wallet has two pockets and enough room for 12 cards. The wallet also comes in a number of different bright colors, so it is a great addition to any outfit. The wallet measures 3.5 by 7.5 inches, perfect for storing credit cards, cash, your driver’s license and other essentials. Don’t leave home without it.


  • Made with genuine leather
  • Several billfold and pockets make organization easy
  • Small enough to fit in larger purse


  • Too small to use as anything other than a wallet

Best Designer Handbags under $300


7. MICHAEL Michael Kors Women’s Jet Set Multifunction Tote


This Michael Kors, designer tote handbag, is large and versatile. The bag is made from leather and boasts a beautifully simple over-the-shoulder handle. The bag itself is enchanting, and the creamy ivory leather makes an ideal ensemble with almost any outfit, even as a contrast to black! The top of the bag can be closed off with a stylish zip fastening, and the interior is lined with MK logo fabric.

The bag’s interior has six pockets and a dividing middle section which will allow you to keep all of your belongings organized and secure. The handles are also adjustable so that the tote bag can fit any owner. Dangling from one of the straps is a charming pendant with the Michael Kors logo, so there won’t be any doubt that you’re walking around in style.

The handbag measures 17 by 11.5 by 5 inches and is lined with polyester. If you’re looking for a stylish designer handbag, you need to look no further. Michael Kors is an excellent choice.


  • Made with genuine leather
  • Ivory color goes with almost any outfit
  • Bag is large enough for almost any purpose


  • Design isn’t especially unique

Best Designer Handbags under $400


6. Tory Burch Landon Combo Pebbled Leather Crossbody

This leather Tory Burch crossbody designer handbag features a beautiful body strap that melds together gold-toned metal with pebbled leather for a classy, rich design. As a crossbody handbag, this Tony Burch Landon is super versatile and ideal for almost any occasion or outfit. The strap is adjustable and offers a 24-inch drop.

This handbag features a snap closure and is lined with fabric for a luxurious interior. In addition to a larger interior zip pocket, this wallet styled handbag also features a zip pocket and two smaller interior slip pockets. The larger compartment offers room for lipstick, keys and other essentials, while the pockets offer ideal storage for your credit cards, drivers license, and other important cards.

Measuring nine by six by 2 ½ inches, this handbag isn’t large enough to fulfill the role of a purse for all women, and it’s not going to hold all of your makeup. But if you’re looking for a smaller bag to accompany you to work or while driving, this is an excellent choice.


  • Made with genuine leather
  • Beautiful gold-toned hardware
  • Crossbody strap makes it an ideal wallet


  • Not large enough to be a full-size purse

Best Designer Handbags under $500

5. FRYE Demi Satchel Leather Handbag

This beautiful FRYE Leather Handbag comes in a variety of vibrant colors, providing women with plenty of style options; not all colors are available at all retailers, however. The Maise Satchel is made from leather coated with polyurethane coated leather, combining the beauty and style of leather with the protection of Polyurethane.

This large-sized handbag is lined with polyester and is designed to last you for years to come. The handbag offers two sewn leather handles as well as a shoulder strap which clips on and off, making it easy to remove. This versatile bag is perfect for both evening and daytime usage.

Measuring 4.5 by 10.5 by 9 inches, this handbag is large enough to hold all your makeup and belongings. The zip closure is simple, but effective so you can be sure that your belongings will stay safe inside. This handbag is the perfect finish for any outfit.


  • Made with genuine leather
  • Large size offers plenty of room
  • Comes in a variety of colors


  • Polyurethane coating undermines leather texture

Best Designer Handbags under $600

4. Tory Burch Parker Leather Small Tote Handbag in Songbird Royal Navy

If you’re looking for a handbag with an absolutely ravishing, unique design, you will love the Tory Parker Handbag. This genuine leather handbag features an astonishing design that cannot be described. It simply has to be seen to be believed.

Unlike a lot of handbags that are lined with polyester or other man-made materials, this handbag features leather lining to compliment the leather exterior. It also features an interior slip to help keep your belongings sorted and organized. The handle is made out of thick leather with gold hardware, and the bag uses a clasp closure.

Measuring just six by 6 inches with a 9-inch shoulder drop, this isn’t a particularly large handbag. But it makes up for this handicap with a style and design that is sure to be a conversation starter.


  • Made with genuine leather
  • Striking design
  • Interior pocket


  • Leather handbag

Best Designer Handbags under $750


3. Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Hillier Convertible Hobo

This beautifully simplistic Marc Jacobs designer handbag offers a timeless, classic style at an affordable retail price. The bag is made from super high-quality leather and is lined with Marc Jacobs’ classic fabric. The bag has a 21-inch shoulder drop cross-body strap that can be removed for added versatility. The bag is finished off with polished metallic logo plate at the base so that you will be able to show off to your friends that you own a designer bag!

In addition to its gorgeous aesthetic, this Marc Jacobs handbag is also quite large. Measuring 13.5 by 15 inches, the bag is large enough to hold all your possessions and belongings. However, its lack of separate pockets can lead to a clutter if too many items are placed in it. In spite of this, it’s large size makes it versatile for a lot of women.

Considering the price at which this bag retails, it would have been nice if it had a couple of interior pockets. Still, this is a very nice bag that has a lot to offer.


  • Made with genuine leather
  • Large size offers plenty of room
  • Removable cross-body strap


  • No interior

Best Designer Handbags under $1000

2. ZAC Zac Posen Eartha Iconic Mini Top Handle

Zac Posen has an undeniable eye for style, a trait you can’t miss in either of their incredible designer handbags. Like always, this handbag offers a remarkable design that is sure to catch your eye and send a steady stream of compliments your way.

This imported handbag is crafted with top-quality leather and is perfectly suited for even the pickiest fashionistas. The handbag is fastened with a twist lock, offering genuine security without unsightly zippers. The handbag is also convenient, featuring both an interior and exterior pocket for more storage options.

The handbag is also fairly large, measuring 9.5 by 15 by 5.75 inches, making this an acceptable and fashionable alternative to a regular purse. The bag is finished off with an amazingly designed strap you’re sure to love.


  • Made with genuine leather
  • Striking design
  • Interior and exterior pockets


  • Closure is somewhat clunky
  • Best Designer Handbags under $700

Best Designer Handbags under $1500


1. Gucci Light Brown Canvas Joy Boston Handbag

Gucci is a brand that is instantly associated with luxury and quality. Made in Italy with signature monogrammed canvas, this beautiful dark green canvas bag from Gucci is crafted with quality materials from start to finish.

The handles and trim are made with genuine, stitched black leather, complete with gold clasp hardware. Even the zip closure on top is trimmed with leather for a timeless design. Also included with your purchase are the original Gucci tags, a dust bag, and authenticity cards, so you know you’re buying the real deal and not an imitation.

The bag measures 11.5 by seven by 5.5 inches. While not large enough for some women’s preferences, it is an ideal size for work or simple outings, and it doesn’t weight too much. If you’re looking for a night out with the ladies or to impress someone at work, this is the bag to do it.


  • Made with monogram canvas
  • Imported from Italy
  • Premium materials throughout


  • Smaller than an average purse or handbag


Buying a handbag is no cakewalk for the fashionably astute. If you’re looking for something striking to accompany any outfit, the handbags listed here are all excellent options, but they are far from your only ones. If one of these handbags catches your eye, excellent! But we understand if you’re looking for something else. Whatever you choose, we hope you enjoy your shopping experience.

*All prices mentioned above are at the time of publishing.


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