How to Spot a Fake Designer Bag With the Naked Eye

Buying a designer handbag counts as a major life accomplishment. But before your big splurge, it's always best to make sure you've done your homework. Unfortunately, knockoff bags are all too common, so knowing what to look for can make all the difference when you're buying secondhand or from somewhere that's a little off the beaten path.

To help make things crystal clear, we tapped the experts at Vestiaire Collective, a luxury retail site that has nailed the science of spotting fakes. Jacquelyne Cortel, the brand's U.S. authentication expert and quality control manager, named her top tips for when you're on the hunt for your designer bag. First off, "do your research," she says. "Arm yourself with the knowledge of what your designer bag should look like, and go from there." Armed with her advice, you'll be ready to treat yourself to your dream bag, totally stress-free.

Read on for Cortel's three signs of a fake handbag, and then shop current designer styles that we love.