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6 Everyday Handbags Under $200…

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Shoes: Valentino • Jeans: Banana Republic • T-Shirt: Target • Green Vest: Target • Necklace: My Grandma’s (similar style here) • Watch: Daniel Wellington • Bracelet: The Styled Collection (only $29!) • Ring: David Yurman • Earrings: Kate Spade • Lipstick: Red by Christian Louboutin • Handbag: Michael Kors 

Last weekend, my girlfriend and I were chatting and she asked me if I could send her a list of handbags under $200(ish). She is looking for an everyday bag that is sturdy, comfortable, cute, and can fit whatever she may need for work or an evening out. When she asked, I thought I’d share the list with you too in case you’re in the market. I’ve included a variety of brands, price ranges, and fabrics. Take a look and let me know which one is your fave!
  1. Longchamp ‘Small Le Pliage’ Shoulder Tote //$125
    1. Longchamp is a refreshing brand.  They aren’t outrageously expensive and are known for their quality. For this bag, I’d go with black or another neutral color. This bag is definitely more casual. I would say this would be perfect for everyday at work. It can hold your laptop and all purse items. My one drawback with this one is that it is super casual so not a recommended accessory for an evening out. However, it’s functional and can hold just about anything. And, its very popular so I know it has been a durable bag for many ladies.
  2. Medium Leather Transport Tote //$158
    1. Madewell is owned by J.Crew and both stores have gorgeous handbags and shoes. One thing I love about Madewell is they focus on leather goods – shoes, handbags, belts – whereas J.Crew is focused on fashionable items vs. classic and comfortable ones. This tote comes in a cognac color and black. It is functional and can be a work/everyday bag – you can throw your laptop in there with your wallet, lip glosses, keys, and anything else you store in your bag. I’d recommend this if you’re looking for a larger bag for everyday.
  3. Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Leather Crossbody //$195
    1. Each of these colors would be fantastic neutrals for everyday wear, especially from work day to night. Rebecca Minkoff is a solid brand with sturdy, yet elegant handbags. They aren’t too ‘out there’ but have some details that make them beautiful. This is a smaller bag, but would be perfect to throw across your shoulder for work and hold as a clutch when you’re going out at night.
  4. The Pearl Leather Crossbody in Seffiano //$248
    1. I know this is over $200 (sorry! but I had to share this brand). Lo & Sons is one of my new favorite handbag brands. I just got a duffle from them for Christmas. I love them because they are simple and functional. You’ll notice how they show every aspect of this handbag and how it can help you get through each day. They also use real leather that isn’t too hard and not too soft. It is sturdy enough where it won’t scratch but soft to the touch. I’d recommend this if you want a handbag that is classic, functional, and darling!
  5. Elizabeth and James Small Leather Carryall Tote //$118 (on MAJOR SALE!)
    1. Elizabeth and James is a high end brand created by Mary Kate and Ashley Olson’s sister, Elizabeth. I think their brother’s name is James (but not sure!). They have real leather goods that will last. I liked this bag because you could hold the straps on your wrist if you were going to dinner or throw it over your shoulder like a cross body if you were going to work. It isn’t too big and isn’t too small – it’s just right. Both colors are perfect for everyday as well. I would recommend this one due to the look, the various ways you could use it, and the brand is a favorite. Plus, it’s on MAJOR sale from over $300 down to $118!
  6. Michael Kors Mercer Medium Leather Crossbody //$228
    1. I’ve had a Michael Kors handbag that I will never get rid of (see above!). I think I bought it back in 2012 or so. It has been so sturdy. I love it! I like this bag because it’s more structured and can be easy to carry as an evening bag or a cross body. Plus, they have some beautiful neutral colors. The luggage color is amaze. It steers you away from black and adds a statement. I would recommend this one due to how long I know it will last, the style of the handbag is a classic, and its functional.


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