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We Searched High and Low for the Very Best Looks for Less

Now that summer has finally arrived, you probably have a vacation or two planned. Maybe you’re heading to the beach, or jetting off to a foreign country for an adventure. Vacations are obviously the best part of summer, and I love to splurge on myself while relaxing far, far away from my windowless basement office. When I’m in vacation mode, you can catch me indulging in delicious food, enjoying adult beverages, and of course, shopping! I’m heading to Europe later this month and am fully planning on adding a bag or two to my collection while I’m there. If I’m being honest with myself, I know I won’t be adding just one bag to my collection this summer. Let’s face it, that would just be out of character for me, and as the saying goes…don’t ever change, right?

I try not to penny pinch when it comes to vacations, but I’ve got to get crafty by saving money in other areas of my life to offset the cost of my trips. It’s not a secret that I’m no stranger to purchasing premier designer handbags, but during the summer I tend to slow my four-figure handbag roll and pick up bags from contemporary brands in an effort to save some cash. There’s nothing better than finding a bag that has a very expensive counterpart, giving me the look for less. I’ve searched high and low to find some great options for anyone looking to put their hard earned money towards a flight or trip to the beach this summer. With these picks, you don’t have to sacrifice style to build your savings. I’m listing my findings below, and trust me, they’re really good!

1 / 10

Gucci Dionysus Mini Bag($2,100)


Tory Burch Greer Mini Bag($246)


2 / 10

Chloé C Bag($1,850)


Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag($450)


3 / 10

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Icona Mini Bag($875)


Rebecca Minkoff Jean Convertible Clutch($178)


4 / 10

Maison Margiela Mini 5AC Tote Bag($1,985)


Marc Jacobs The Editor 29 Tote Bag($425)


5 / 10

Fendi Mon Tresor Leather Bucket Bag($1,290)


Kate Spade Medium Vivian Leather Bucket Bag($218.40)


6 / 10

Prada Diagramme Leather Belt Bag($1,150)


Coach Belt Bag with Deco Quilting($225)


7 / 10

GG Marmont Matelassé Belt Bag($1,790)


MANU Atelier Tech Belt Bag($395)


8 / 10

Loewe Lazo Bucket Bag($1,950)


Dooney & Bourke Pebble Grain Kendall Crossbody($248)


9 / 10

Prada Logo Nylon Shoulder Bag($1,550)


MZ Wallace Paige Crossbody($295)


10 / 10

Gucci Marmont Mini Shoulder Bag($1,290)


Michael Kors Canteen Crossbody($195)