Affordable Designer Bags for Women Under $400
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Affordable Designer Bags for Women Under $400

Mar 08, 2024

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After all, Beyoncé told us to trade Birkins for Telfar bags.

Remember when Beyoncé traded in her five-figure Birkin bag for an under-$200 Telfar shopper? You don't have to be a global icon to recognize that designer handbags don't have to come with a hefty price tag.

If you're tired of that same old everyday bag, we totally get it. Thankfully, if you're looking to invest a little for a long-term upgrade, there are plenty of stylish designer handbags that you'll be excited to carry for years on end.

Have you always had your eye on a Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors bag? Been thinking about adding some fashion-forward BIPOC designers like Brandon Blackwood and Luar, or female-led brands like Ganni and Staud? What about that Longchamp tote or Coach shoulder bag that you'll pass down to future generations? From timeless under-$100 crossbody bags to of-the-moment structured leather shoppers, here are some of our favorite affordable designer options for every style and price point.

Brooklyn-based designer Raul Lopez made the Luar bag the bag of the moment—and for under $300. It features smooth calf leather and structured top handles and comes with a strap to be worn as a crossbody.

Danish brand Ganni is celebrated for its stylish and aspirational yet affordable pieces. From sleek leather shoulder bags to nylon totes and everyday crossbody bags like this leopard style, we can't get enough of Ganni's fresh (and practical!) accessories.

You may already be familiar with Brandon Blackwood, one of the featured designers in our Black-owned businesses roundup. His signature leather trunks come in a rainbow of colors and patterns that we can't get enough of. Why invest now? Trust us: The brand is only going to grow from here.

While Oprah loves the vegan leather JW Pei phone crossbody bag, we also have our eyes on this roomier size. Each one of the 19 different colorways is made from recycled plastic bottles and comes in at under $100.

Yes, that's the same Telfar that Beyoncé famously named dropped on the Renaissance album. The Black designer's mini shopping bags are having a moment, and luckily for you, there are a few left in stock. Grab one while you still can!

A Coach purse will always be in style. Take notes from the Tabby bag: a modern take on the brand's '70s archival design.

Female-founded Cult Gaia became the talk of the town with the introduction of its signature ark bag almost a decade ago. Today, we love its eye-catching and playful take on accessories like this silver embellished evening bag.

Chances are you've been on the lookout for a fabulous crossbody bag so you can go hands-free in style. We love this style from Tory Burch that's made from washable recycled nylon, has premium finishes like leather detailing, and is roomy enough to store your phone, wallet, and other necessities.

Longchamp's nylon and leather tote bags are timeless styles that only get better over the years. If you're looking for an upgraded work bag, we couldn't recommend a more versatile or elegant solution.

Chances are you've heard of French designer Jacquemus, who is beloved for his whimsical and fun handbags. Thanks to details like leather lining and a convertible crossbody strap, this perfect mini straw tote is an investment bag you'll reach for every summer.

If you're schlepping around a flimsy tote, it may be time for an upgrade. This polished bag from Michael Kors is durable and will never go out of style.

Thanks to his signature canvas style, Marc Jacobs is synonymous with “the tote bag” at this point. You may not realize that his leather handbags fall around the same price point, like this sleek camera bag with statement hardware.

No one had a hold on '90s handbags like Kate Spade. Thankfully, the Icon's sleek, minimalist style isn't going anywhere, making it an investment that will pay off over time.

While Dragon Diffusion has been around for over three decades, it has recently resurfaced as a leading brand for gorgeous hand-woven bags. Take this super-chic shoulder bag that's roomy enough for your essentials.

Female-founded brand Staud offers modern accessories at an accessible price point. We love that it makes eye-catching bags designed to be worn everyday, like this chain-link-detail shoulder bag.

Sara Klausing covers all things fashion and style for Oprah Daily.

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