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. The Internet is vast, though, and we set out to take stock of things. As it turns out, it is possible to get a great bag that doesn’t cost as much as your rent.

There are certain limitations, of course. If you want real leather (which we know most of you do), the best options you’re going to find under $200 are generally going to be either very small or very simple–think mini crossbodies and soft leather totes with no exterior embellishment or interior organization. The majority of the bags we chose are all or partly leather, but we included a couple vegan options, too. To get the best leather bang for your buck, seek out specialty retailers; the most high-end looking bags we found in real leather under 200 bucks were from “mall” retailers like Madewell, Gap and Zara.

Below, check out the spoils of our expedition.

ASOS Calf Hair Leather Tote
$108 via ASOS

ASOS-Calf-Hair-Leather-Tote

Baggu Bucket Bag
$140 via ShopBop

Baggu-Bucket-Bag

Calvin Klein Mary Canvas Drawstring Bag
$133 via Macy’s

Calvin-Klein-Mary-Canvas-Drawstring-Bag

Cambridge Satchel Tiny Satchel
$85 via ShopBop

Cambridge-Satchel-Tiny-Satchel

Coach Ocelot Herald Crossbody Bag
$150 via Coach

Coach-Ocelot-Herald-Crossbody-Bag

Dagne Dover Tiny Tote
$175 via Dagne Dover

Dagne-Dover-Tiny-Tote

Deux Lux Drawstring Bucket Bag
$105 via ShopBop

Deux-Lux-Drawstring-Bucket-Bag

Dooney & Bourke Pebble Bitsy Bag
$178 via Macy’s

Dooney-&-Bourke-Pebble-Bitsy-Bag

Erin Dana Mini Bond Street Backpack
$198 via ShopBop

Erin-Dana-Mini-Bond-Street-Backpack

Fossil Monica Turnlock Crossbody
$88 via Macy’s

Fossil-Monica-Turnlock-Crossbody

Gap Snake-Embossed Leather Tote
$120 via Gap

GAP-Snake-Embossed-Leather-Tote

Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Monday Crossbody
$198 via ShopBop

Kate-Spade-Cedar-Street-Monday-Crossbody-Bag

Madewell Kensington Satchel
$198 via ShopBop

Madewell-Kensington-Satchel

Madewell Large Tote
$148 via ShopBop

Madewell-Large-Tote

MICHAEL Michael Kors Bedford Flap Crossbody Bag
$178 via Neiman Marcus

MICHAEL-Michael-Kors-Bedford-Flap-Crossbody-Bag

Milly Ludlow Mini Crossbody
$175 via Bloomingdale’s

Milly-Ludlow-Mini-Crossbody

Nine West Helena Mini Tote
$75 via Macy’s

Nine-West-Helena-Mini-Tote

Rebecca Minkoff Avery Crossbody Bag
$175 via ShopBop

Rebecca-Minkoff-Avery-Crossbody-Bag

Tommy Hilfiger Molly Textured Leather Tote
$168 via Macy’s

Tommy-Hilfiger-Molly-Textured-Leather-Tote

Zara Mini Leather Bucket Bag
$159 via Zara

Zara-Mini-Leather-Bucket-Bag
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Loretta
Loretta
7 years ago

Great list! Love the diversity of options. I have two pre-teen nieces who love hamdbags and I think some of these options are splendid to get My nieces who are starting to be bitten by their aunt’s bag bug 😉

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7 years ago
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PJGambler
PJGambler
7 years ago

Agree! Several look much more expensive than their current selling price.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
7 years ago

Never looked at Madewell for handbags. I have to admit that the satchel looks nice.

louch
louch
7 years ago

Is “chicest” a word??

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
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Louch
Louch
7 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

Thanks Amanda ????. I am a word snob ????

kemilia
kemilia
7 years ago

Love the Madewell tote!

Boyish Chaiwiwatskul
Boyish Chaiwiwatskul
7 years ago

With this price, I’d recommend Monique brand from Bangkok. Worth every bucks!

ayona
ayona
7 years ago

I did look them up out of curiosity. They have the most amazing chic bags. Planning to visit the store when I visit Thailand.

Boyish Chaiwiwatskul
Boyish Chaiwiwatskul
7 years ago
Reply to  ayona

Glad to hear you love them just like me dear.

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jazzy_inthesky
jazzy_inthesky
7 years ago

Please post more of these!! I really value your opinion on the quality of a bag, even if it’s not high end!

Name
Name
7 years ago

The adjustable strap on the Madewell is genius! I hope to see more like it.

helobuff
helobuff
7 years ago

Love bags.. like the orange tote at macy’s!

Rosanna
Rosanna
7 years ago

If you had an under $500 category you couldn’t go past AVGVS – stunning luxury bags beautifully made with italian leathers but at prices that are a fraction of top designer brands !! http://www.avgvs.com/product-category/womens/?show_products=37

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