Affordable Handbags That Look Expensive

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Many women are on the lookout for the latest and the coolest handbag styles that are hung over the arms of many fashion models on fashion magazines, billboards and websites. But most of these designer labels have a price tag that’s too steep for most average women to afford.

But we have heard someone who says “Luxury does not have to be expensive,” and that’s true. Fortunately, there are many incredibly affordable handbags that otherwise look quite fancy. Not surprisingly, most bags today also look definitely IG-worthy. You won’t regret snapping up any of these cheap but luxurious-looking handbags!

1) Zara’s crocodile-embossed handbag
The rough and embossed print of this Zara bag looks and feels like it is made from the crocodile hide, but it’s actually a mock crocodile “leather” that explains this bag’s affordable price tag. Nevertheless, it looks and feels luxurious.

2) Cult Gaia Ark Bag
The Cult Gaia Ark Bag became the most trending bag at the moment (and a big seller) when it was first launched. There may be three reasons why it has received such a huge hype: it is made of wood; it has a peculiar round basket-like appearance; and it is not so expensive, with prices ranging from $138 to $168. It is a fashionable and a surprisingly practical bag. And fear not, your contents will not fall off despite its apertures or gaps

3) Sophie Hulme Exclusive Nano Milner Crossbody Bag
If you have to pick a bag for night-out with your date or with your girlfriends, you may want to consider this elegant-looking crossbody bag. With its gold-colored brass strap, this bag looks like you bought it for a hundred-thousand dollars when it’s actually priced at mere $415.

4) Any elegant-looking pouch bag
Pouch bags are small, cute and pretty. They’re also an easy way to carry your smallest essentials. If you are the type who doesn’t like to carry too many things, this pouch bag is an ideal accessory for you. You can even find and purchase some luxurious looking bags on Etsy but in a small fraction of the pricey designer pouches.

5) Satchels
Satchels are very versatile, as they are both utilitarian and trendy at the same time. You might as well choose a satchel that has a faux cow, crocodile or snake leather but make sure that they do not look cheap and tacky.

6) Shoulder bags
Shoulder bags are small and have space enough to carry your essentials. They’re versatile, easy to carry and stylish at the same time. Check out these 12 Classic Mini Shoulder Bags that look so expensive but are actually easy on the wallet.

A few reminders on how to choose cheap bags that look expensive:

1) Don’t fall for knock-off versions of designer bags. You may look trying hard for making yourself to appear well-off and besides, buying fake and counterfeit designer goods may even get you into legal trouble. It’s always better to go for generic bags with a classic design and with no logo (or just a small and subtle logo) on them.

2) Choose faux leather and hard plastic over cloth (like cotton) and other fabrics. Bags that are made of cotton, nylon, or other types of clothing may never look expensive and luxurious. For the untrained eye, bags that are made of faux leather look really indistinguishable to the real ones especially if they’re embossed and textured (such as crocodile or snake leather).

3) Look for cheap bags that have heavier hardware. Cheaper bags usually have lighter hardware, which make them even flimsier. But there are other cheap bags that include gold-colored brass hardware such as chain straps that surprisingly feel heavy on the hand – this is the kind of bag that you’re looking for.

Tips for Choosing a Practical but Stylish Handbags for Women

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Being practical doesn’t mean you have to give up on your style. It applies on everything – dress, shoes, hats, accessories and most of all, bags.

Bags are made to serve their purpose – to carry one’s belongings. At the same time though, they also represent  one’s personality and taste in fashion.

That’s why women’s handbags, in particular, usually serve the double purpose of the functional and of the aesthetic.

So here are the following points on how to pick the perfect handbag – not just as an “everyday” bag but also as a fashion accessory.

1) Comfort
Comfort is the number consideration when choosing a handbag. Make sure that it is easy to handle and comfortable to carry around. It all boils down into the make and the design of the bag. The sling or strap should not slip or fall easily from your shoulder, and it should tuck comfortably under your arm.

2) Pockets
It depends on a woman’s personal needs or preference on how many pockets or compartments she would like in a bag. Some women would be fine with a couple of main compartments. Others though, would prefer bags with multi-compartments, plus smaller pockets for their pens, make-up, smartphone and its accessories, car keys and other odds and ends. Some handbags are so spacious inside that they can hold a folded umbrella or a mineral water bottle.

3) Zippers
Security is also one thing that most women look for a good handbag. They want a bag that can be fully zipped or closed up to prevent the contents from peeking out or dropping. Especially in the case of bigger bags or totes, they should have a full zip closure to make sure that the contents are kept safely inside.

4) Weight
If there’s another thing that women look for in an ideal handbag, it should not be too light and flimsy, but it should not be too heavy, either.

While genuine leather handbags are durable and can withstand scratches (which make them a good investment), they otherwise tend to feel heavy, even when empty. A heavy bag can hurt the shoulders and back, and that’s not good. So before buying a bag, make sure first how light (or heavy) it is before you can put anything into it.

5) Versatility (in function and in looks)
There are bags that are made for specific purposes (such as an evening bag or a make-up). But the handbag is considered an all-around bag into which you can fit everything. Not just that, a handbag should look fashionable and chic too, no matter where you carry it – for the office, for catching-up coffee dates with your girlfriends, for getaways, for parties and many other occasions.

If ever you’re on an errand or a surprise meeting with a friend or loved one, you don’t have to stand too long in front of your closet and playing “eeny-meeny-miny-moe” while trying to decide which type of bag you are going to use.

With an excellent combination of functionality and style, the perfect bag you have chosen will be your all-around companion no matter where you go.

Functional handbags can look great and even unique in their own way. Check out this article “25 Functional, Fun, Unusual and Strange Handbags