If you know me then you know handbags are my main wardrobe vice. Mid-size shoulder bags are unmatched in my closet and I feel like I have a great handle on them (no pun intended) because trust me, I’ve tried a lot. When it comes to a bag–albeit a great investment piece and one I will stand by as one to spend your money on when you find a designer one you really love–but otherwise, I think it’s fun to have affordable options in your closet to supplement.
Since the bag market is so saturated, it can be difficult to sift through which ones to spend on as it may not look as expensive in person as it does online. When choosing a cheaper bag, it’s better to opt for one without hardware, a patent finish, or a stamped texture. Sticking to neutrals, faux suedes and leathers, and classic silhouettes is a surefire way to get a steal on a bag that looks much more pricey than it is.
I’ve taken my expertise (or at least my experimentation) to find the best under-$100 bags on the internet. Shop below to add a guilt-free purchase to your handbag wardrobe.