Handbags shouldn’t cost the earth, but if you want to find long-lasting and good quality arm candy, there are plenty of luxury bags to choose from.
As we know, prices of almost everything are going up. Consumer prices are 9% higher this year than last, while electricity costs are up 54% and fuel costs are have risen a staggering 95%.
Frankly the last thing I’d like to spend my hard-earned money on is petrol, and I’m sure you feel the same. We’re having to cut back in every area, whether that’s on food shopping or clothes.
Designer handbags are of course a luxury, but if you’re looking for something that will stand the test of time, there’s no denying that they make for a sound investment.
Not only do certain brands increase in value over time, but if looked after, they’re long-lasting too.
I didn’t spend thousands on my Ganni bag but I’ve worn it consistently, making the cost per wear pennies, while I’m sorry to say that all the fast fashion bags I’ve bought are gathering dust in my wardrobe.
So in my quest to find similar versatile and stylish handbags to invest in, I found 21 incredible items from luxury labels like Saint Laurent, Marni, Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs – all for under £500.
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Designer handbags under £500
Cecilia small tasseled textured-leather tote, £420, See by Chloé – buy now
Logo-plaque clutch bag, £425, Saint Laurent – buy now
Washed Denim Signature Field Tote Bag 22 – Indigo Midnight Navy Multi, £325, Coach – buy now
Anagram-logo small leather-trim raffia basket bag, £375, Loewe – buy now
Market Ichimatsu mini tote bag, £200, LASTFRAME – buy now
Med Saddle Bag, £495, Paul Smith – buy now
Shopping coated-canvas tote bag, £330, Marni – buy now
Icon stripe drawcord pouch, £350, Burberry – buy now
Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag 26 – Ivory, £495, Coach – buy now
Illusional-print tote bag, £320, MM6 Maison Margiela – buy now
Kira Heirloom Mini Camera Bag, £455, Tory Burch – buy now
Betty smooth leather cross-body bag, £400, A.P.C. – buy now
Leather-panel medium canvas tote bag, £375, Acne Studios – buy now
Neptune mini knotted pleated crepe tote, £425, Neous – buy now
Gingham nylon shoulder bag, £480, Miu Miu – buy now
Anagram small leather-trimmed woven basket bag, £495, Loewe – buy now
Mini Le Bambino suede crossbody bag, £465, Jacquemus – buy now
The Bumper Moon two-tone leather shoulder bag, £450, JW Anderson – buy now
Woven tote bag, £320, Casa Blanca – buy now
Tropicalia raffia-paneled leather pouch, £450, Marni – buy now
The Leather small tote bag, £460, Marc Jacobs – buy now