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10 bags to amp your work outfit up without breaking the bank

These are bags that’ll make you look like a million bucks without costing well, a million bucks

6. Buckle top handle bag, $69.90, Charles & Keith

When everybody at a fancy dinner or gala is carrying a minaudiere that’s blinged out and incapable of carrying what you truly need to last the night (makeup! cards! mints!), be that chick instead who’s one part practical (go ahead and throw a deodorant inside this bag) and one part I-don’t-really-care-but-I-still-look-good (the front buckle + chain handle elevates its look).


7. Mock croc crossbody bag, $45.90, Pull & Bear

There’s a reason why anything that’s mock croc instantly looks more expensive: It’s basically because high end designers use mock croc too. But the two rules of thumb to follow when buying anything of that material are: 1) The simpler the silhouette, the better and 2) Too much gold or silver accents and it’ll instantly look cheap. This bag hits all the right notes.


8. Leather fringed tote, $279, Zara

Nobody really needs another leather tote but when it comes with fringe details (think about all the potential boomerangs), a braided shoulder strap (very bohemian!) and a slouchy leather body that says hey-I’m-fun-loving-and-I-don’t-care, this one is a winner.


9. Faux leather hobo bag, $76.90, Topshop

If you associate the hobo bag (its slouchy, sometimes crescent shape that is expandable to put anything and everything inside) with the Olsens and Sienna Miller circa early noughties, yeah well, that’s not a bad thing because the bag silhouette is slowly creeping back. Our favourite of the week comes in a textured faux snake skin with modern metallic hardware.


10. Chain strap shoulder bag, $89.90, Charles & Keith

The angular lines, the stiffness, the metallic gold hardware and the chain strap: We could be describing any expensive designer bag (if you know, you know) but surprise, it’s this one instead that’s priced at what you’d spend on a fun night out (and you are going to want to bring this one out on aforementioned fun nights).