There is nothing I love more than a great bargain, and I love finding stylish bags at amazing price points. I often think luxury and handbags can be synonymous with ultra-expensive, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. Some of my favorite handbags in my closet are handbags that I purchased for less than $500, and the quality is honestly on par with some of my premier designer bags.

I was recently browsing tPF, specifically the Polène thread. One user even compared the leather on her new Umi bag to Hermès Togo or Clemence leather quality—my mouth literally dropped in surprise and delight. I will be the first to admit I have never touched an Hermès bag, but I can attest to the quality of Polène bags. Well constructed and luxe, yet affordable and attainable, it remains one of my favorite handbag brands. With beautiful clean lines, gorgeous leather, and sturdy construction, I am not surprised to read the comparison between the two brands.

The holidays are around the corner, and whether you are shopping for a handbag lover in your life or looking to treat yourself, I’ve rounded up my favorite bags under $500 right now. You don’t have to sacrifice quality or style for the price point. These bags are beautiful and chic in their own right. Do you have a go-to brand when shopping for style on a budget?

Polene Umi Bag
via Polene
Themoire Hera Bag
via Shopbop


Ganni Knot Hobo
via Nordstrom
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Tiffany
Tiffany
6 months ago

I have the MG Candy Bag and love it! It holds a surprising amount – more than some of my larger, flatter bags. Some of the colors are really fun, too.

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