Looking to purchase a new trendy handbag that works with your budget? A handbag that will style well with tons of outfits and stand the test of time?
Well here are some of the best affordable handbags for women you will most definitely want to invest in!
Handbags are probably the most important accessory that a woman can have! And probably the accessory you wear every day that is the most noticed by others too!
I know I love to see how women style their outfits with their handbags. Inspiration is literally everywhere!
So for me, they are so fun to look at and so much more fun to shop for! More importantly, they carry the essential items that we need every day!
No need to break the bank either! While it is nice to invest in a luxury handbag, there is no reason to feel forced to do so now.
Here are some of the cutest classic handbags that are affordable but more importantly are sure to add that special and final touch to any outfit and will live in your capsule wardrobe handbag collection for many years to come!
Best Affordable Handbags For Women:
1. Best Crossbody Handbags
Crossbody handbags are ideal when you are on the go. Be it for running errands, when traveling, or for a more convenient way to carry your handbag around on a busy day.
Throwing your bag across the shoulder as a crossbody isn’t only convenient but happens to be a very trendy look at the moment.
Not only are crossbody handbags functional and fashionable but they can be some of the cutest and best affordable handbag options out there.
Crossbody handbags come in so many styles and colors that are easy to wear with any outfit you create in your capsule wardrobe. This one pictured above from Mango is the perfect classy yet simple black crossbody.
Amazon also offers this quilted crossbody bag option with five-star ratings and a ton of colors to choose from.
2. Best Bucket/Drawstring Handbags
The drawstring/bucket bag has been around for a very long time and is literally the everyday bag.
It is the definition of a staple bag with a cute style all its own. The quick easy access of its drawstring or snap closures makes it the ideal handbag for the busy woman’s lifestyle. And the bucket part of the bag allows enough room to carry your essential items.
This drawstring from Etsy is the perfect neutral capsule handbag. Etsy is a great place to find a perfect particular style of bag that suits your taste. I also love buying things on Etsy and supporting small businesses.
Amazon has every color you could possibly want or need in this drawstring bucket bag. I personally prefer a smaller drawstring bag that will look just as cute worn as a crossbody.
And for another style of bucket bag, I like this Amazon bucket tote handbag. that looks very high quality and is so adorable!
3. Best Satchels
The satchel literally has capsule wardrobe written all over it. It is THE bag that can go from day to night and dressy to casual. It is also best known as the ideal work bag.
If you are looking for a classy elevated look then this is the handbag you need. Satchels have a structured look giving it a professional-looking style.
The option to carry it with handles or as a shoulder or crossbody handbag also makes the satchel a very functional bag for the busy professional woman.
Seriously who doesn’t love a good satchel bag?! They never go out of style, are extremely functional, and transition seamlessly from day to night! All while being roomy enough to carry all your work essentials and still creating a sophisticated look!
4. Best Quilted Handbags
Reminiscent of the luxury Chanel handbags, sigh… I have to say this is my favorite handbag of them all. The quilted handbag has definitely become more trendy in the last few years.
There are tons of cute dupes out there. And if this is a look that you are wanting then you can absolutely find one that looks like you spent more on it.
All are so versatile and make it a great option for styling with any outfit you can create in your capsule.
These quilted handbags will instantly elevate any outfit or look! Honestly, this style has been my everyday bag, it goes with everything, its size is very practical and I absolutely love it!
Stores like Boohoo, Missguided, and Windsor all have really good affordable options. Also, try searching on Instagram to find small business boutiques that carry some high-quality-looking bags in this style.
I love the roominess of this tote-style black quilted chain bag from Amazon.
5. Best Tote Bags
Tote bags can serve so many purposes in your closet. They can be your all-in-one bag for a workday where you use them as a purse and can still fit your laptop or iPad.
It’s all-in-one for the traveling woman as a carry-on just the same. Or used as a purse/diaper bag for the busy mom.
The fact that it functions so well in all these ways makes it the must-have for a capsule handbag collection.
Great for weekend moms that need to run around from soccer game to t-ball practice to the gym. Also great for the beach or as a travel carryon.
The room of this bag allows for everything from an extra change of clothing, water bottles, and even your laptop.
This one pictured above from Lulu’s has the ultimate simple tote bag look and is on final sale with five-star reviews under $60.
For a more affordable option, Amazon has this reversible tote handbag that comes in many different color options.
6. Best Saddle Handbags
The vintage style of the saddle handbag is a timeless classic that fits a capsule wardrobe well. It is a handbag that is functional and can at many times pulls a boho style.
This makes it great to pair with those long kimonos and maxi dresses that can lend to a bohemian look. I personally have always loved the boho style that dates back to the ’70s with flare jeans and retro vintage-like patterns.
The saddlebag has evolved and can still style well today with almost any type of wardrobe.
Styled easily with almost anything denim, saddlebags can add a really cute edgy look to an outfit. Like this saddlebag from Amazon.
Etsy really has some great handmade and unique saddlebags to choose from and in my opinion, is one of the best places to shop for this look like the one pictured above.
Another third great option is this brown saddlebag from Amazon. If you search for saddlebags on Amazon you will find a great selection to choose from.
7. Best Backpack Handbags
Probably the most convenient of handbags is the backpack handbag. It’s the best option for a girl that is on the go. Ideal for soccer moms that are running around with the kids all weekend.
Also, a great option for a travel handbag. Regardless of the reason you choose to purchase one, they are by far one of the cutest trends out there.
Again, it comes in all kinds of styles and colors making it very versatile and easy for styling.
This is truly the handbag that you didn’t know you needed. And if you haven’t tried one yet, just remember it is a practical, on-trend handbag that will be a perfect addition to your capsule wardrobe.
You are sure to get tons of use out of it for many many years!
One of Amazon’s best sellers is this large backpack. One of my favorite bloggers shared it on Instagram and I am loving it!
The best thing about it is the variety of color options that you have to choose from in case you can’t just pick one since they are under $50!
And if you are looking for a luxury handbag dupe then this backpack dupe is nice quality and is the cutest choice!
8. Best Clutches
A clutch is a must-have accessory. Really… everyone should own a clutch.
It is perfect for date night, a wedding, or a formal event. All this makes it the must-have bag for any capsule wardrobe collection.
It is literally almost the best accessory you can add to any outfit. It can be that pop of color or print to make the entire outfit stand out.
Regardless of the print or color that you chose a clutch is essential to any capsule handbag collection you are creating. I’ve had clutches for years and am glad I still have them available for those special occasions.
So we all know that animal print is a must-have somewhere in your wardrobe. So why not in a clutch handbag.
Like this cheetah print clutch pictured above. It’s not only an eye-catcher but it is absolutely adorable!
Solid color handbags are a huge trend right now like this cute green clutch bag from Lulu’s. Another great Lulu’s find is this cute beaded coin fringe clutch that is the ultimate Summertime clutch for any vacation.
And if you are looking for a luxury dupe then these pouch bags also work as a great clutch. Most come with an optional crossbody strap which I think is great in case you get tired.
9. Best Woven/Bamboo/Straw Handbags
By far the best Summertime accessory to have! This one never goes out of style which makes it a must-have in your capsule rotation every Summer!
With tons of styles to choose from, investing in 1-3 different styles in this handbag will surely give you enough options to mix and match with all your cute capsule pieces.
I promise that you are sure to draw attention and will receive many compliments!
This straw oversized option seen in the pic above from Lulu’s will add the perfect sophisticated style to any maxi dress. Accessorize it as your handbag for that Summer wedding or baby shower and will completely elevate the entire look!
10. Best Beach Tote Bags
Now we can’t forget about the beach bag that is much needed for your coastal getaways. I couldn’t leave this one out simply because I have seen so many cute beach bags at great prices.
Living within 4o minutes from a beach myself this is a bag that I look for every Summer so I thought I’d share all the cute finds I have found so far.
To Wrap Things Up:
All in all any of these ten best affordable handbags will have a long life in your capsule wardrobe handbag collection.
Not only are they all extremely versatile and will work with an endless number of outfits, but they will be sure to elevate your style and will have you looking cute and feeling amazing!
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