I'm a Purse Snob, But These Sub-$300 Nordstrom Handbags Pass the Test


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Even though I'm long overdue for a closet clean-out now that I'm dipping back into my fall-and-winter clothing storage, I can't bring myself to clear out my handbag bin. I prefer to use the term "collector" over "hoarder" when describing the tens of bags I've added to my wardrobe over the last few years, even though my boyfriend would disagree. Did I take over one of our tiny closets to store just my handbags? I plead the fifth.

While one of my New Year's resolutions was to limit the number of purses I own at the start of the year, I must admit these Nordstrom finds are tempting. Nordstrom's clothing is some of the best out there, but after spending hours scrolling the retailer's handbag offerings, I'm pleasantly shocked at the number of chic and affordable bags that work for every lifestyle and price point. Some of the best statement bags are ringing in under $50, while classic silhouettes from designer labels are nowhere near the four-figure investment price range everyone associates with quality. Payday is on the horizon, and I know exactly where my money will go.

Below are the best affordable Nordstrom handbags at every price range, including tons of great finds under $50 and $100.


UNDER $100

UNDER $200

UNDER $300

Assistant Shopping Editor
Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.

Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)