Buying an expensive bag is one thing; buying a bag that looks expensive is quite another. Spending big bucks on a handbag usually helps ensure that it looks luxurious, but not only are those kinds of budgets just not feasible for many women, but they’re also not always necessary. Below, we’ve scoured the Internet for a baker’s dozen of bags that look far more spendy than their price tags, starting at only $78.

During our search, we found some common themes for getting the best visual bang for your buck. First, stick to muted tones or neutrals – bags that look like they’d be carried by women with important jobs are bags that also tend to look slick and luxurious. Second, keep it simple. Modern hardware and minimal detailing give bags an elegant feel, and an understated piece always trumps something with tons of hardware, pockets, stitching and zippers when it comes to looking expensive. Lastly, smaller bags are often the way to go. When less expensive materials are made into a larger bag, their flaws are more apparently; stay small and structured to avoid both that and big-bag sloppiness.


J.Crew Claremont Mini Purse
$168 via J.Crew

J.Crew Claremont Mini Purse

French Connection Mod Squad Faux Leather Shoulder Bag
$98 via Bloomingdale’s

French Connection Mod Squad Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

Danielle Nicole Jade Faux Leather Shoulder Bag
$78 via Neiman Marcus

Carlos Falchi Jade Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

Michael Kors Vivian Shoulder Bag
$695 via Neiman Marcus

Michael Kors Vivian Shoulder Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Half Pipe Pebbled Duffel Bag
$398 via Neiman Marcus

Marc by Marc Jacobs Half Pipe Pebbled Duffel Bag

Milly Logan Small Satchel
$375 via Neiman Marcus

Milly Logan Small Satchel

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Flat Crossbody Bag
$325 via Bloomingdale’s

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Flat Crossbody Bag

Vince Camuto Molly Shoulder Bag
$258 via Bloomingdale’s

Vince Camuto Molly Shoulder Bag

ZAC Zac Posen Studded Loren Mini Crossbody Bag
$350 via ShopBop

ZAC Zac Posen Studded Loren Mini Crossbody Bag

IIIBeca by Joy Gryson Murray Streed Crossbody Bag
$210 via ShopBop

IIIBeca by Joy Gryson Murray Street Crossbody Bag

Koret Ori Satchel
$478 via ShopBop

Koret Ori Satchel

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel
$395 via ShopBop

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel

Loeffler Randall Mini Agenda Crossbody Bag
$325 via Nordstrom

Loeffler Randall Mini Agenda Crossbody Bag
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missarewa
missarewa
8 years ago

Oh my! Never did I think MK could make anything that will remotely appeal to my taster

missarewa
missarewa
8 years ago
Reply to  missarewa

taste**

sandy
sandy
8 years ago

omg MK is $695!!! ????????????????

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
8 years ago
Reply to  sandy

I saw one of his runway bags in his store for $16,000 about 2 years ago. Beautiful and made of alligator. This price doesn’t surprise me at all. Remember that he has 2 lines-Michael Kors and Michael Michael Kors. Completely different price points.

Sly
Sly
8 years ago

Exactly! People always complain, and I always have to point out one is the mainline the other is diffusion. His real alligator handbags look and feel amazing!

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KelsAndrewssyc
8 years ago

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LucyBlakeesas
8 years ago

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gpc
gpc
8 years ago

I see a lot of designer imitations (rip offs) in some of these bags (givenchy, maiyet, etc…). Great post in concept, but what I have found more often than not is that when I finally get to see IRL the $78 bag, it truly looks like and is made like a $78 bag. The pictures on some of the retailer websites can be very deceiving…

LucyHobbscig
LucyHobbscig
8 years ago
Reply to  gpc

My Uncle Riley got an almost new red GMC
Canyon just by some parttime working online with a laptop. visit their website F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

KiraListonacu
KiraListonacu
8 years ago
Reply to  gpc

My Uncle
Riley got an almost new red GMC Canyon just by some parttime working online
with a laptop. visit their website F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

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