Shopping Guide: 5 Chic Handbags Under $50

May 1st, 2009

You don’t have to spend a fortune to carry a handbag that makes you look like a million dollars.  We rounded up a group of sophisticated handbags that will seamlessly blend into your wardrobe.  Here’s our five favorite handbags, each under $50:

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Versatile Hobo Handbag | $27.80 at Forever 21

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Felix Rey for Target Printed Tote with Shell | $34.99 at Target (in stores only)

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Black Drawstring Chain Tote | $36.99 at Ruche

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Faux Leather Pocket Tote | $37.80 at Forever 21

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Oversized Scrunchie Brown Bag | $42.99 at Ruche

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Donna  |  May 1st, 2009 at 4:50 am

    These handbags may look good on your site, but in real life a cheap handbag looks like a cheap handbag. You just can’t duplicate real leather, quality hardware and excellent craftsmanship. You’re better off buying a good bag on a sample sale site (ideeli, hautelook, ruelala, gilt groupe, etc.).

  • 2. Jill  |  May 1st, 2009 at 5:07 am

    hmmmm… i have seen a couple of handbags at f21 that I really like and true, others that look a little “cheap”… but I will say that it IS possible to still get a great bag under $50 (I like to check out Urban Outfitters sale the best… that’s just me)

  • 3. Trisha  |  May 1st, 2009 at 8:04 am

    True - for under $50, you’re probably not getting a high quality handbag that’s going to last for years to come. But you can get a chic bag that will tote your essentials for a season or two (or three). I use these cheap-chic bags as “beater” bags for my everyday essentials at work. Though they don’t last as long as their designer brethren, they do allow me to keep on switching my bags out season after season…and keep my accessories interesting!

  • 4. Asianmommy  |  May 2nd, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Love the cute bag from Target! What a deal.

  • 5. missmoneypenny  |  May 4th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    The one from F21 is pretty much a dead ringer for a Foley & Corrina City Tote. Considering all the publicity there’s been over the struggles Foley & Corrina have had to combat big corporations copying their work, I’m quite disappointed you would recommend it to your readers.

    Also, bags made of PVC and other artificial materials are bad for the environment. Much better to either buy vintage or source items from smaller manufacturers/ designers where you aren’t paying a premium for a brand name — or, as another reader suggested, scour the online sample sales for a deal.

    Just my .02.

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