What’s a fashion girl without a designer bag? I don’t know very many. They make for such a great investment and make every outfit look elevated. One of my arguments towards purchasing designer pieces is that if you ever have moved on from the style you can still get your money back (and sometimes more than what you paid for it) if you play your cards right in the resale arena. It’s kind of like the stock market for us fashion people and I’m here for it.
However, the price tags can be quite overwhelming. Every season it feels like there’s a new $3,000 style that feels like an absolute “must-have.” I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to dish out that much cash to buy into your favorite designers with these under $1,000 finds. I must say though that $1,000 is still quite a lot of money to spend on a fashion item but just have to remark that those of us who are shopping on a budget, um definitely me, can still save up our coins and buy something designer. The options I’ve selected below are what I would suggest, pick your poison.
This stylish bag put Jacquemus on everyone’s radar when the brand first launched and continues to evolve. We’re seeing it now come in different shapes and styles plus fun color palettes. Every fashion girl deserves to have this on display in her closet.
Slouchy bags have been having their moment for quite some time now and they’re here to stay. I’m currently loving styles that have a knot tied at the top especially for evening wear so I have to endorse this Nanushka one.
Under $200 for a designer bag?? Sign me up. My coworkers and I attended a preview of Staud’s fall collection and they almost had to kick us out because we just couldn’t get ourselves to walk away from their amazing pieces. This bag is my top pick.
Summer energy is in the air and I’ll be wearing beachy totes like this for as many warm weather days as I can. The chic Chloé logo is so luxe and so is that leather piping. My laptop would fit which is such a win for me.
Every fashion editor has a Wandler bag in their closet and for good reason. They are the perfect minimalist moment and make any outfit look elevated. I’m loving shoulder bags right now so have to recommend this one for your next purchase.
This is one of the cutest Gucci bags I’ve ever seen and it’s under $1,000… I feel like I’m being pranked. The classic “GG” stitching plus gold hardware always makes for a winner. Throw on and go.
I literally scrolled past this bag and immediately stopped and went back to take another look. That’s when you know you have something good on your hands. The egg-shaped clasp makes it look so expensive.
The intrecciato leather crossbody bag by Bottega Veneta has been on my wishlist for so long. But I could never commit to the $2500+ price tag. Naturally, I’ve been obsessed with this mini version ever since it came out. It’s perfect for nights out and such a great price point.
Chain-detailing has become JW Anderson’s thing. The brand does it so well. I love how much of a statement this detail adds to their classic shoulder bag. I’ve had a feeling for a while that sailor-inspired fashion will be a trend soon and the anchor featured here is headed in the right direction.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olson can do no wrong when it comes to having great style so I trust their every move. Their iconic minimalist brand introduced this ’90s inspired bag and it’s a must-buy. You just know it will never go out of style and the quality is so good.
I just know this bag is going to go Instagram viral this year. The statement buckle is a signature at Boyy. and it’s so genius. It’s literally the perfect size for all the places a weekend will take you.
You can never go wrong with a basket bag and this one from Loewe continues to be a forever bestseller. 1970s style icon, Jane Birkin, would be a huge fan of its exquisite straw weaving and leather handles. City or beach, you’ll rock this one everywhere.