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28 Ridiculously Stylish Purses That Only Look Expensive

A bag that holds your messy shit shouldn't ~have to~ cost over $40.

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1. A timeless vegan leather roll clutch crossbody with a magnetic closure and space for daaaays.

Promising review: "Bigger than I thought — it has a very generous capacity. The leather is really soft too." —fjdfnskfndj

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

2. A classic black or white flap-top backpack that's polished and never chunky.

Promising review: "The bag was so cute, and I loved that the material on the inside was kind of like suede. Very simple but very stylish." —Ash Gio

Get it from Forever 21 for $27.90.

3. A spacious foldover clutch accented with gold cutouts — it fits a pair of flats for when your feet inevitably give out.,

Promising review: "The best 'cheapie' of all time! I needed a light gold bag in a pinch for NYE and this one FAR exceeded my expectations. I will be getting way more use out of this than I intended to. I was able to fit so much in there without it looking 'overstuffed.' The top flap part lifts up and there is a long inner pocket In addition to all of my touch-up makeup products, gum, phone, etc., I was also able to fit a pair of Tory Burch flip flops so I wasn't wandering around Vegas barefoot after a long night of dancing." —Emily Parker

Get it from Amazon for $17.47+. / Available in six colors.


6. A mod stained glass-inspired clutch for a bright punch of color.


9. A metallic zip backpack that melds together functionality and high fashion.

10. Or a crushed velvet backpack for days you want something slightly cozier (but just as luxe).

11. An eye-catching structured shoulder bag perfectly suited for a work day *or* a night out on the town.

Matches the 💃 emoji to a T.

Promising review: "I just love it!!! I get so many compliments on it. It's the perfect size for me and I love the different compartments — great for keeping everything organized." —Ms. Jenny

Get it from Aldo for $25. / Also available in navy and midnight black.


12. A beautiful floral tote equipped with many pockets and a removable shoulder strap for versatile carrying.

Promising review: "I absolutely adore this bag! It looks exactly like the picture and the colors are gorgeous! The bag is pretty big itself and fits quite a bit of stuff, though it doesn't stretch very wide. I'm a Pre-K teacher and I pack two folders, two cameras, a book, my wallet, and other essentials in this purse every day. You can easily add more things if you don't have two big bulky items like my cameras, and it can stand up on its own." —Nick & Laura

Get it from Amazon for $37.99. / Available in nine colors.

13. An oversized bow purse every queen needs in her collection.

15. A Miu Miu-like satchel with darling floral appliqués and two compartments to separate your belongings between.


16. A velvet black cat chain purse for when you're ~feline~ calm and collected.

Promising review: "This is the perfect little purse for almost any occasion! It's small but surprisingly roomy on the inside — it fits everything I need for a night out (phone, wallet, iPod, tampons, and makeup). I was honestly surprised by how much I could fit in it! The quality is just as high as its cuteness." —Anonymous

Get it from Modcloth for $29.99.

This one from Asos is a similar option.

17. A roomy rose gold shopper tote that easily fits your day-to-day everything you need in case of a zombie apocalypse.,

One can never be too prepared. Plus, the shine could temporarily blind them. 💥👀

Get the first one from H&M for $24.99 and the second one from Asos for $34.

The first purse is also available in gold and black as a shopper & clutch combo for $34.99.

18. A girly handbag with an adjustable shoulder strap and a single bow to tie it all together.

Promising review: "This purse is just beautiful. It looks like a luxury item and the stitching is perfect with no loose threads. The hardware is shiny without looking 'cheap' and the lining is well-sewn. The color is a true pale bone with dark black accents. This purse gets noticed whenever I use it." —LV Wine Woman

Get it from Amazon for $24.98. / Available in three colors.

19. A darling Kate Spade-esque cupcake bag that adds the cherry on top for any spring or summer look.

Promising reviews: "This is just the cutest little purse! I bake, so when I saw this, I knew I had to get it. The design is exactly as shown in the picture. The pink is a little bit iridescent/holographic, which I was not expecting but was extremely excited to see.

There is slightly more space in this bag than in most of the clutches I carry, which is nice. The metal chain is sturdy and the bag itself is well-built and holding up nicely. I am very happy with this purchase and just ordered a cute cupcake dress to match!" —Kate

Get it from Amazon for $14.85.


22. A polished and durable faux leather tote that gets the job down, no questions asked.

Not too stiff or too slouchy...just like your posture!

Promising review: "I use this bag for school and there's a lot of room inside — a slot for my phone, makeup, wallet, and pens and pencils. I can easily find my things because of the divider that this bag comes with. It is PU leather but still made with good quality. It is also not very heavy either, and it looks very expensive. I can tell that this bag will last even if I use it every day." —Cutie Baby

Get it from Amazon for $26.42. / Available in four colors.


25. A work-appropriate tote accessorized with two mini pom-poms for a little extra flair.

Yes, the pom-poms are removable in case you were wondering.

Promising review: "Looks more expensive than it is. Has a slight smell as most purses do, but it dissipated very quickly and I've already switched all my stuff to it. I purchased the gray for the winter months. I love how it organizes everything and the details are wonderful." —kcspears

Get it from Amazon for $29.99. / Available in nine colors.

26. A boxy satin mini tote that adds some much-needed structure to your everyday routine.

28. A pretty rose print or velvet tulip pouch for your "bored during class" necessities.,

Mainly your phone, a candy bar, and a notebook and pens for doodling.

Get the first one from Urban Outfitters for $16 and the second one from Asos for $28.