Shockingly Affordable Alternatives To Your Favorite Designer Handbags

Shockingly Affordable Alternatives To Your Favorite Designer Handbags
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For the steep price of most designer handbags, you could probably buy an entire closet’s worth of clothes. If that’s the way you think, then handing over your entire wardrobe budget for one (albeit lovely) item might seem a wee bit nutty. We’re all for investment purchases, but sometimes you just love the style of a particular bag, and don’t necessarily crave the designer label. Luckily, we’ve sourced a plethora of stylish alternatives to eight lust-worthy (and very expensive) designer bags.

Scroll down to shop our affordable picks—and the designer versions, if you’re so inclined.

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    The Real Deal:

    Saint Laurent Betty Jumbo Leather Shoulder Bag ($2,350) in Black

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    The Alternative:

    Marc by Marc Jacobs Third of July Shoulder Bag ($328) in Black

    The sleek gold chain and boxy shape of this shoulder bag make for a great day-to-night option.

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    The Real Deal:

    Givenchy Antigona Small Nubuck Satchel Bag ($2,395) in Blue

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    The Alternative:

    Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel ($395) in Bright Blue

    A blue bag is surprisingly versatile, and this structured satchel will take you straight into fall with a pop of color.

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    The Real Deal:

    The Row Small Leather Backpack ($2,900) in Black


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    The Alternative:

    BCBGMAXAZRIA Crocodile-Embossed Leather Backpack ($498) in Black

    The Row’s gorgeous bag is backpack perfection, but we’ll happily settle with BCBGMAXAZRIA’s similar, more wallet-friendly version.

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    The Real Deal:

    Salvatore Ferragamo Nolita Tote ($1,050) in Sesamo

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    The Alternative:

    Zara Mini City Bag ($80) in Nude

    Channel a ladylike Taylor Swift vibe with a sophisticated cream satchel. 

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    The Real Deal:

    Stella McCartney Falabella Large Fringe Tote Bag ($2,040) in Metallic Blue

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    The Alternative:

    Monserat De Lucca Bochoa Shoulder Bag ($260) in Dark Teal

    An oversized fringed leather tote for $260 is quite a steal, if you ask us.

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    The Real Deal:

    Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch ($1,595) in Red

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    The Alternative:

    Neiman Marcus Carlyle Studded Leather Clutch Bag ($84) in Red

    Our vote is to save when it comes to your clutch. We love the bold studded Valentino, and found an ultra-chic alternative for your next night out.

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    The Real Deal:

    Fendi 3Jours Shopper ($2,550) in Black

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    The Alternative:

    MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Tote ($300) in Black Patent-Leather

    This top-handle satchel is in the running for the ideal everyday handbag.

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    The Real Deal:

    Chloé Small Baylee Shoulder Bag ($2,050) in Streak Blue/Navy

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    The Alternative:

    Pour La Victoire Inez Carryall Satchel ($395) in Deep Navy

    We might even like this snakeskin-handled option better than its Chloé twin.

    What's your favorite designer handbag style? Have you discovered a more affordable alternative for it? Sound off in the comments below!

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