Splurge Vs Save: Summer Handbag Edition

This post is for you Ladies who are a bit undecided over what to pick and where to save money on when buying a trending Handbag this year. There are so many Designer handbags that I really loved this year. And you know why, because this year was the year of colors and we all saw it everywhere in the fashion industry. 

If you haven’t already noticed, I am a lover of colors, they are an essence of life and I could not be happier this year to see major Designers incorporating that in their designs and pieces. While I really want to buy all of them, I can honestly not afford them all. So, I decided to share with all you ladies who are on the same boat my top 6 Summer Handbag favorites and my budget friendly options as well that are also good quality. I really think if you want to save which is awesome, you should still invest in pieces that are quality pieces and will last you for a while.

So here are my 6 favorites, and there will more in coming days and months on Splurge Vs Series on other items, so if you are interested in getting notified, dont forget to subscribe so I will send you notifications when I have a new post on the blog.


The Leather Weave Bag

Bottega Veneta has been on the Top of It Bag trend last year and this year as well with there signature weave pattern on the latest bags. I am specially impressed by the retro envelope style bag with crossbody straps. Its a true retro style and yet highly functional bag with can easily transition from Day To Night and with the weave pattern leather, it just has a different style in itself. And I am an admirer of details. The Bag also comes in many colors which has to be because as I mentioned earlier this year is all about colors. The Price of the bag starts from $2,232.00. 

I found a much cheaper option in Mango, one of my favorite modern bohemian stores. The bag also comes in  different colors but has two handles, one tote style and another crossbody strap. The Bag is not envelope style but instead had a zipper which is also secure. The size of the Mango Lattice bag is comparable to the Botttega Cassete Bag but is a fraction of the price. This bag is also on discount for $19.99 for now.

Straw Basket Bag with Leather Handles

The Jacquemus Straw Bag is one of the most popular bag of this year along with the really tiny tiny bag which everyone is talking about. This straw bag on the other hand its huge and the leather trims and leather handles give a luxurious touch to the natural bag. I love the color pink as well. But the bag has other trim colors like yellow which is another fun pop of color for summer and summer vacations. Th bag is priced starting with $408.

The Mango Double strap bag is fraction of the price starting with $79.99 (On Sale), and has an extra canvas bag which can be used as an organizer as well. The sizing of the bag is comparable with the Jacquemus bag. The weave details and the color tones are also similar to the designer bag. The leather trim details are neutral tone which is perfect to blend in with any outfit that you wear.

The Mini Bag

The mini bag trend is the most retro trend of them all and while Jacquemus took this to an whole another level. And the By Far Leather Tote which is perfect mini size for evening outs and small errands and use it for work lunches because you can put it in your work bag as well. The bag has two straps, a top handle and crossbody strap. The bag starts with $491 and comes fun pastel colors.

The Mango mini chain bag is best and most budget friendly swap for the By Far bag costing only $19.99 because its now on sale. The size of the mini chain bag is slightly bigger which is never a bad thing. It also has two straps with a top handle and a chain shoulder strap which is perfect for evening outs. And it also has two pastel colors as well.

The Modern Straw Bag

The Loewe Straw bag is the OG straw bag and it still is the IT summer bag that is so sought after. I still love the modern style of the bag and love the mini version of the natural bag that is perfect for summer vacation. Its a perfect size for an evening bag and it looks so cute and its functional size too. The brown leather front flap looks really chic and the leather handle looks really classy and stylish. The bag starts with $450.

I know you must be thinking all of the Mango bags, but they do have good faulty bags on a great price. The Mango double strap bag is almost identical to the Loewe bag but way cheaper. But the Mango bag is way more functional with the top tote and a crossbody strap. It also has a canvas pouch inside to keep everything safe. And the sizing specs are exactly the same as the Designer version, but the price is just $59.99.

The Retro Knot Clutch

I kind of foresee that this is going to be the next IT bag and It is just perfect. The Bottega Veneta knotted clutch bag is the perfect retro lady bag.  The bag has a bottom zipper and it has a top tie which can be used as a top handle. It looks really retro and a classy bag. Th leather is smooth but looks amazing and wears well as its same as the ouch bag that I own. The price of the bag starts with $1900.

The Mango Bucket bag has the same top handle style but it opens from the top which seems safer. Love the slight grained faux leather which wears the best always. The bag also comes in white and natural brown. I love how the bag looks effortless and so chic and so retro and is on a good price as well for $39.99.

The Leather Bucket Bag

The Fendi Leather bucket bag is trendiest and the most retro bag of this season and I am absolutely in love with this. This is the perfect bohemian bag which a modern flare. Fendi designed the bag in many fabric and patterns, but I have always been a fan of solid color and the colorful plain leather just stands out makes the bag look more luxurious. The mini bag prices for $1290 and looks perfect.

The Lauren Ralph Lauren bucket bag has the perfect budget friendly version of the bag. The bucket bag also comes in a variety of colors and is made of smooth faux leather. The sizing is also comparable and looks classic as well. The bag is on discount and is priced $118.80.

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