Ask any fashion girl what the ultimate investment piece is, and she'll undoubtedly say that a designer bag is the worthiest fashion purchase. Think about it: You'll carry it nearly every day to add some luxurious polish to every outfit, and if you play your cards right (which we're about to make sure you do), your bag will carry you from day to night and to nearly any occasion under the sun. Sure, trends may come and go, but we identified three beautiful designer bags, in particular, are in it for the long haul.
How exactly do we know that these are the best designer bags on a budget? We did a cost-per-wear calculation to prove just how much value lies in each of them. Ultimately, we came to the conclusion that, given how many outfit ideas we have saved for each bag, it will cost us less than $200 every time we carry it (given that we copy each of the outfit ideas, of course). But let's be real—these are forever bags, so the cost per wear will only go down over time. If you're looking to make a wise investment in a timeless bag, each of these three buys is a great candidate and will really make your dollar go the distance.
Don't believe us when we say that each bag costs less than $200 per wear? Keep reading to see the photos that prove it, check our math if you're so inclined (we didn't even include wears that aren't pictured!), and then shop the items guilt-free.
Chanel's Chain-Strap Bag
Why it's worth it: Both the Chanel Reissue 226 Flap Bag and its boxier Chanel Boy Bag cousin are our top picks for designer bags. The structured shape and chain straps ensure it's a timeless pick, and with each new launch of colors and patterns, the bag silhouette only gets further solidified en vogue. We calculated this cost-per-wear analysis based on a vintage find of the Reissue 226 bag, but each of the outfit ideas proves both shapes are beyond valuable.
The cost breakdown: $2325 bag ÷ 12 wears = $193.75 per wear
Why it's worth it: First of all, the size of the Loewe carryall makes it possible to run errands, go to work, and hop on a plane with the bag in tow. But it's the unusual geometric "puzzle" shape that makes it a standout pick—and fashion girls couldn't agree more. Whether they're opting for a neutral or bright color or carrying the medium or newer mini size, they're all in agreement on the bag.
The cost breakdown: $2250 bag ÷ 12 wears = $187.50 per wear
Why it's worth it: Your first thought might be that The Row's satin bag is an eveningwear bag. While technically that's true, fashion girls have taken to wearing the bag at all hours of the day and night, whether they're marrying it with a gown and heels or carrying it alongside jeans and sneakers. The satin (or velvet!) finish and knotted details give any look a luxurious finish.
The cost breakdown: $990 bag ÷ 6 wears = $165 per wear