Bag A Bargain: Get Designer-Inspired Handbags for Less

There’s no doubt that designer handbags are one of the highest value fashion investments out there. Think about it – if you divide the total cost by the number of times you use it, other items of clothing just can’t even compare.

However most women don’t have the money to buy designer every season – nor is it advisable to do so. I’m a firm believer in investing in timeless pieces that will hold their value or give you a good bang for your buck, but only if it will stand the test of time.

Kitschy slogans? Fringe detailing? Bold embellishments? While they may be top trends, the novelty factor is sky high – which means they’re likely to be stuffed under the bed within a season or two. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t carry this season’s trends on your arm – just stick to buying it on the high street!

Just because it’s a fraction of the cost, doesn’t mean it has to look like it. There are plenty of brands that offer great quality with a much more affordable price tag, just because they don’t carry the designer label. In fact, you’d be surprised by how many brands are made in the very same factories with VERY different prices tags.

If you a fashionable piece of arm candy this season, here are my top picks for designer details that won’t blow the budget… 

Fringe Details

Fringe is MEGA this season. Go for an oversized shoulder bag. 

Miu Miu Shoulder Bag / Aldo Shoulder Bag

Laser Cut Totebags

This design process usually means a high price tag - making Stella & Dot's version a steal! 

Alaia laser-cut leather tote (sold out - sorry!) / Stella & Dot Avalon tote blush

The Chloe Drew

This design speaks for itself. It has seriously taken the fashion scene by storm this season.

Chloe Drew / Mila Blu in Cognac (recently purchased on for £57 - sign up here for future sales!) 

The Bucket Bag

Basic and black - this is one trend that is sure to have a long life cycle.

Saint Laurent Emmanuelle bucket bag / Reiss Maya leather bucket bag

Ethnic Embellishments

Bold and colourful, these vibrant bags scream summer - perfect for that sunny holiday. 

Antik Batik Sonoma Shoulder Bag / Star Mela Selma duffle bag

The Studded Shopper

Great for channeling your inner rock chick - in a practical kind of way. 

Valentino Rockstud Tote / ASOS Studded Leather Shopper 

The Jewel-Embellished Box Clutch

Dainty and delicate, these are superb for creating a statement on a special occasion.

Marchesa Lily Swarovski crystal-embellished satin box clutch / Aldo Pearl Box Clutch

The Polka-Dotted Bucket Bag 

These bucket bags add an extra edge to the classic design with metallic hardware.