College graduations have started happening around the country (southerners: we do this stuff early), and that means that many of you might have someone in your life who’s about to venture into the world of work on wobbly deer legs for the first time, and that person might even be you.


Good bags don’t come cheap, and with all the price increases that we’ve been cataloging recently, they’re not going to be getting any less expensive any time soon. We know that not all of you (and, quite frankly, all of us) have the budget for a four-figure bag purchase every season, though, so we’ve done some digging into what can be had for less.


Bag: See by Chloé Kristen Python Print Shoulder Bag


Why It’s the Bag of the Week: The rich, multicolored python print on this bag can do a little bit of everything–work, play, day, evening.

Coach Fall 2014 Handbags and Outerwear-2

Fashion shows are nice, but nothing beats getting to see new handbags up close; touching something, opening it up and putting it on your arm are the best ways to evaluate a collection. Luckily, we got to do just that yesterday with Coach’s Fall 2015 bags (and coats–just wait until you see the coats), and we think you’ll be just as excited about this collection as we are.


No matter what your budget might be, one thing is probably true: the bags on your wish list cost more than you’d really like to pay for them. Handbag prices just keep going up, and often, it feels like accessibly priced options are few and far between.


Bag: Milly Splatter Paint Satchel

Price: $395 via Bloomingdale’s

Why It’s the Bag of the Week: Novelty bags are a huge trend right now, but unfortunately, almost all of the really great ones are made by brands that charge four figures for everything they do.


It’s hard to think of another brand that’s had as meteoric of a rise as Mansur Gavriel; the design duo’s bucket bags still inspire months-long waiting lists seasons after their debut, and the rest of the bags in the brand’s lineup sell pretty quickly, too.


I’ve been excited for Coach’s Spring 2015 handbags to arrive ever since I saw them at the brand’s runway show back in September; the collection felt modern and light-hearted, like it could bridge the gap between the brand’s longtime fans and the fashion-forward audience that Coach hopes to attract.


We’re always excited to hear about a new handbag line, but especially when it’s coming from one of our very favorite apparel brands. When Vince launched a pitch-perfect selection of shoes a couple of seasons ago, we were hopeful that bags were the next thing on the agenda.