The holidays may be history, but it’s likely there were items left on your wishlist that didn’t get crossed off! You know the ones: The uber-pricey pieces ranging from sunglasses to handbags that you’d die to own (but probably never will).
For those of us on a budget this year, runway-inspired bags are the perfect way to add style to your winter collection without breaking the bank. We’ve got just the bags to make even the most seasoned fashionista do a double-take. Who needs to wait ’til the next big holiday (your birthday, of course!) to be treated to a lovely new handbag, anyway?
Mini & Mighty
Looking for something a little smaller to tote your necessities? A mini satchel is the perfect accessory, adding a fun touch of color and pizzazz without overpowering your look. Worn as a crossbody or shoulder bag, the Audrey Mini Buckle Satchel is adorned with buckle embellishments, houses a variety of versatile pockets, and very closely resembles this Mini Satchel — without the high price. Can’t you just picture it with an oversized sweater, leggings, and riding boots?
Printed & Compact
If winter had an official print, we’re certain it would be houndstooth! Pulling in accents of the fall/winter menswear trend yet again is the Colbie Houndstooth Shoulder Bag, inspired by this Houndstooth Print Clutch. While not exactly a clutch, this faux calf hair bag with red leatherette sides is completed with braided chain straps and a fun striped interior that’ll brighten up any dark and dreary day this winter. This bag is ideal for working girls who find themselves wearing dress attire more often than not, but would also be a perfect bag for special occasions when you need a little pop of print!
Quilted & Colorblocked
While we all have our everyday bag, we all like those eye-catching bags with unique attributes that have our friends asking, “Where did you get that?” The Charlotte Colorblock Satchel is one of those bags! Inspired by this Flap Satchel, this classy bag sports a quilted top, metal hardware, and colorblocking in a variety of color schemes from black and white to brown and tan. Reminiscent of the menswear trend that is prominent this winter, this bag is definitely a celebrity look-for-less worth investing in!
Leather & Studs
The punk trend reemerged in 2013 and is still going strong today, with attributes ranging from loud prints and colors to distressed accents. But don’t break out your acid-washed jeans just yet. Those of us who aren’t ready to take a walk on the wild side can incorporate this trend through subtle touches such as accessories. The Ella Studded Shoulder Bag, inspired by this Studded Satchel, combines feminine and fierce with metallic studs and a bold, structured shape. It comes in a variety of colors to match your palette this winter — and makes a lovely transition from day to night!