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



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.

All-over embroidery gives this bag elevated dimension.

This relaxed tote looks like that of a minimal designer brand.

This baguette silhouette in white leather is très chic. 

This slightly more expensive shoulder bag is a goes-with-everything piece.

The opulent vegan leather material and croissant shape elevate this under-$50 bag. 

This buttery suede bag is peak minimal chic.

Color-block details and a twisted handle add interest to this bright bag.

This geometric white bag will go everywhere with you.

The easy black shoulder bag does not have to break the bank.

This utilitarian crossbody is functional, minimal, and elegant. 

I'm in love with the contrast of this vibrant tangerine and this refined camel color. 

Black faux leather and gold hardware make a perfectly polished pair.

Intricate quilting makes this bag look ultra-elevated.

Your '90s logo bag with a sophisticated leather flap.

A cult-favorite contemporary designer bag for under $300. 

The shape of this brown leather bag is so luxe.

This woven leather bag has a cute, soft-pink exterior.

For an evening option, this fringe rhinestone bag is everything.