Luxe vs less: The totes trending bags for any budget


How awesome are bags? Rhetorical question, guys, because hell-yeah-they’re-so-FREAKIN’-awesome. You know what’s not awesome … emotional baggage. But more on topic is the uncoolness of being broke but wanting the latest bag trends (imagine the emoji with river tears on each cheek). But you can dry those eyes, my little yellow faced friend. Because I’ve wrangled the best splurge and save bags for this season’s biggest and best trends  and right at your finger tips!

Gold shopper/tote

1. LUXE: Bop Basics Metallic Basic Tote in Gold, $198.00, vs LESSRiver Island Gold Reversible Beach Bag and Purse, $56.00,

A personal fave of mine. It’s the edgy Stockholm vibe you’re always trying to create in one bag. Minimalist, structured and loud at the same time — wear with anything!

Structured chic

2. LUXECeline Large Phantom Luggage Bag, $3,900.00, vs LESSTopshop Berners Tote Bag, GBP38.00,

The IT bag is no longer for only IT people (suck it, VB). Whether it’s your work or weekend tote, it’s totally an arm candy must-have.

Black bowler

3. LUXE: Alexander Wang Rocco Pebbled Leather Bowler Bag in Neptune, $1438, vs LESS: Sportsgirl Zipper Barrel Bag in Black, $59.95,

Sporty, original and a bit alternative. These are the ingredients into this iconic Wang bag – and now anyone can own it’s awesomeness.

Orange cross body

4. LUXEDannijo Lypton Cross Body Bag in Chili, $379, vs LESSColette Hayman Lola Paneled Cross Body in Orange, $39.95,

The cross-body is kinda like hidden pockets in a dress. So bloody efficient and practical it almost seems unfashionable. Until that is … it comes in orange leather.

Animal bucket bag

5. LUXELoeffler Randall Industry Bucket Bag in Cheetah and Black, $228, vs LESS: Sportsgirl Leather Splice Bucket Bag, $99.95,

Rock it with a shrunken leather moto jacket, ripped worn jeans, a band tee and some combat boots for some new age grunge.

Hard case clutch

6. LUXEJocelyn Bridal Pearl Box Clutch in Ivory, $105.00, vs LESS: ALDO Trawick Hard Case Clutch in Light Pink, $54.95,

For those special occasions where a slouchy leather clutch just won’t cut it! The hard case is red carpet approved and naturally best friend’s wedding approved too.

Fringed slouch shoulder

7. LUXERebecca Minkoff Hobo Clark Fringe Bag in Cognac, $399.70, vs LESS: Sportsgirl Ruby Fringed Slouch Tote, $69.95,

Boho babes rejoice with the perfect fringed tote now available for just a fraction of the normal price. More money for maxis — am I right?

What do you think of these bags for any budget? Tell us in the comments below!

Image courtesy of Julie Sarinana

Maddie Simic (Jr Fashion Editor)

Owns more than entire body weight in hair products, wakes up to Independent Women by Destiny's Child, plans to one day own a Jug (Jack Russell cross Pug). Goes weak at the knees for anything NARS and scented coconut.

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I actually much prefer the cheaper versions of all these bags


Agreed! Especially the orange cross body.


I love a good brown all round bag. Such a staple for me