It is not an overstatement to say that celebrities are designer handbag connoisseurs. Just scroll through Instagram and you’ll find plenty of celebrities with designer bags on their arms.
But have you ever experienced that sinking feeling when you see the very hefty price tag on your favourite celebrity it bags? You’re not alone. With high street heroes from stores like Topshop and ALDO, you can feed your bag obsession even though you’re not bag-borrowing pals with the likes of Shu Qi and Rebecca Lim.
Shu Qi: Bulgari Serpenti Forever by Nicholas Kirkwood Cross Body Bag
If there is one creature that embodies the essence of the Bulgari label, it would be the hypnotic serpent. British shoe maestro, Nicholas Kirkwood, teamed up with Bulgari to come up with a bold and daring capsule collection.
The shoe designer put a new spin on the timeless Serpenti Forever bags by incorporating a studded chevron motif and a brass gold snake head closure into the designs. Chinese actress Shu Qi paired her embellished purse with a simple black off the shoulder top and jeans.
Lookalike: River Island Pink Stud and Eyelet Cross Body ($57.90)
It’s rare to find a statement bag that is as affordable as this one from River Island. This pink crossbody that has been lavishly adorned with gold eyelet and studded detail looks far, far more expensive than its price tag. Keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the bag speak for itself.
Rebecca Lim: Saint Laurent Monogram Sunset Chain Satchel
This sturdy calfskin satchel with the iconic monogram logo seen on local actress Rebecca Lim is an ideal choice if you’re looking to make a long-term investment.
It is the perfect size – not too small that you can’t fit your necessities or too big that it overwhelms your frame especially if you’re petite. The magnetic closure makes for easy access and the material is durable for years to come.
Lookalike: Topshop SOKO Premium Leather Cross Body Bag ($219)
This leather cross body is the perfect addition to your accessory arsenal, and it won’t break the bank. Add an edge to your outfit by pairing your bag with a dainty pussy bow blouse and high waisted pleather skirt.
Up your tote game with this geometric offering from Mulberry that was spotted on the arm of local model Sheila Sim. An epitome of elegance, this soft, handheld bucket-shaped bag is drawn in through a refined leather belt. The bag comes in nine alluring colours so there is something for everyone.
Lookalike: River Island Wrapped Mix Bucket Slouch ($61.90)
River Island has a plethora of affordable tote bags if you’re in the market for something practical and classy. Rather than getting a basic black or white bag, this grey bag is the colour your fall and winter wardrobe is in the need of.
Plus, if you are one of those ladies who carry their entire lives in shoulder bags, this bag by River Island probably has more than enough space.
Add a pop of pattern to any ensemble with the Gucci’s impossibly sophisticated shoulder bag. The bag features a nylon web detail with gold toned chain and buckle on the flap. Taiwanese host Dee Hsu went back to basics and styled her bag with a plain pink tee.
Aldo is a great name to know for affordable and trendy shoes as well as bags. This bag in particular caught our eye with its chain and scarf detail. The black bag with cherry red accents also comes with zip pockets that make it theft proof at crowded places.
Julie Tan: Jimmy Choo I Want Choo Glitter Acrylic Clutch Bag
This decadent compact clutch bag with the cheeky “I Want Choo” logo emblazoned over it seen on this local actress is almost too perfect for the party season. It easily converts from a classy hand-held bag to a shoulder hustler for when you’re on the go. Made with gold glitter acrylic, this playful purse is fully equipped to handle all the makeup/food/drink spillage you can think of.
Up the ante of any festive get-up with this glitter sling bag. It comes with a long chain that is essential when you want to go hands-free. Simply sling it over your shoulders or wear it cross body style. Whether you’re wearing an evening gown or a short party frock, this bag will go with everything.