Luxury fashion has gone through a shift in recent years, with a growing focus on understated elegance and timeless design. The concept of quiet luxury values quality and craftsmanship over bold branding and trend-driven designs.
On the top end of the luxury market, brands such as The Row, Celine, Loewe and Hermes embody quiet luxury with their high quality and timeless anti-trend designs.
It makes sense to invest in high quality classics that last, especially with rising costs and inflation. But let’s face it, putting thousands of dollars down on one handbag is too out of reach for some of us.
If you want something more accessible, we’ve highlighted some of the best quiet luxury bags that offer a perfect blend of affordability, style and quality. From timeless classics to contemporary designs, these bags are the epitome of quiet luxury, offering a sophisticated and stylish accessory that will elevate any outfit. We’ve also kept it at an accessible price point of no more than $350.
The famous double-handed tote bag that started the luxury bag debate in Singapore is currently sold out, but this is equally stylish. Made from faux leather, the handle has a gold loop styling, and is smart enough to take you from day to night. Also available in beige and cognac.
While you may not immediately associate Kate Spade with understated designs, this large tote bag made in saffiano leather ticks all the boxes of a minimal, structured tote that oozes class. Also available in black, jade, lilac and warm beige.
Cuyana bags have earned cult status over the last few years, and are loved for their luxe leather and heritage craftsmanship. This beautifully understated tote is made from Italian leather and has a contrast blush lining. It is large enough for everyday use and could double up as a travel carry-on bag. For a greater touch of luxury, get your initials monogrammed on the tote for an extra US$15.
Cuyana Classic Structured Tote
US$248 (SGD 328)
Made from vegan leather, this mock-croc box bag is for days when you’re after minimalist glamour. Reviewers on Amazon love it for its quality and how it looks more expensive than its price.
For a stylish day-to-night handbag, reach for this elegant saddle bag. It comes with a long adjustable strap to carry crossbody, and a short strap that fits over the shoulder. You can also personalise your bag by embossing your initials with gold stamping. Also available in black and brown.
The Metropolis bag is one of Furla’s staples, with new colours released every season. This sweet pink version is the perfect accompaniment to more dressy occasions like dinners or weddings, thanks to its discreet gold chain.
Furla Metropolis Shoulder Bag
The gold ring and tassel detailing add interest to this leather bag that’s perfect for both work and play. Carry this bag two ways depending on your mood: use the long detachable strap to wear it crossbody, or carry it by its top handle for more dressy occasions.
This petite version of Longchamp’s Le Pliage bag is a more luxe, elevated version of their classic tote. Made from soft metis leather, this handbag has a detachable shoulder strap for added flexibility.
If you love Celine bags but don’t want to break the bank, A.P.C. is your alternative for an accessible label. This drawstring bag in a beautiful caramel brown colour and gold-tone hardware is the epitome of easy, slouchy chic.
The soft grey of this leather bucket bag works well with most outfits, while the spacious interior easily holds daily essentials. The shoulder strap is also detachable so you can carry the bag by its handle for a different look. Also available in black.
Michael Kors Suri Bucket Bag
The rich wine colour combined with the classic shape of this bag just oozes discreet, old-money style. The bag comes with a centre zip compartment to help organise bag contents. Available in more colours.
Coach Mollie Bucket Bag
This bag brings instant style to any outfit, even for dress-down days. Crescent-shaped bags are very of the moment right now, but this shape will stand the test of time. Also available in other colours.
This structured hobo is made of pebbled leather, and is the ideal accompaniment for work and weekend. Also available in light blue and yellow.
Kate Spade Weston Shoulder Bag
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