I'm a Bag Lady—These 21 Nordstrom Handbags Look Deceivingly Expensive

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Listen, no one loves splurging on a bag more than yours truly. But that doesn’t make it economical. As part of my "new year, new me” resolution, I’ve taken to my shopping habits with a practical lens. And I’ve already found that there are worth-it bags that don’t break the shiny, new budget. 

I set out on a hunt for sophisticated, expensive-looking bags. Handbags are typically a slightly more expensive piece, so I capped the search at $300. I turned to Nordstrom for my hunt and my cart is now overfloweth with polished woven bags, faux-leather tote bags, chic shoulder bags, and adorable mini bags that are new-budget-approved. 

It would be wrong not to share the wealth (of knowledge), so I’ve included the best 21 handbags that will have you feeling rich and looking expensive.

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Freelance Fashion and Accessories Editor

Copelyn is a freelance fashion and accessory editor. She formerly worked for Who What Wear as an associate shopping editor and is based in New York City. She writes about fashion and accessory trends in addition to creating original content. Before her time at Who What Wear, Copelyn was at Bustle Digital Group, working on the accessory market for cover shoots and fashion features across Nylon, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily. Copelyn also previously worked at InStyle and Cosmopolitan in the fashion and accessory departments on shopping and fashion market. Copelyn has a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Copelyn freelances in graphic and web design in the fashion-and-lifestyle space. She also loves to upcycle clothing and home décor as well as collect an embarrassing number of colorful sneakers and experiment with her hair color.