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Bags on a budget

Rebecca Waldron is freelance writer who recently relocated to sunny Chandler, Arizona, from Denver. She enjoys everything from shopping and fashion to learning how to surf, and she loves spending time with her two dogs, Play Doh and Brut...

Bag it on the cheap

When it comes to shopping, get more bag for your buck. Here we showcase seven budget-friendly bags.

The Everyday Bag

The everyday bag needs to be something big enough to hold all the necessities of your busy day-to-day life. This hobo bag is perfect because the synthetic leather is easy to keep clean while you are on the go, and the knotted strap and embroidered corners give this basic black hobo bag a great fashionable look. It keeps you looking chic and stylish from your workday to a night out.

Pictured: Nixon Hobo, $59.00, www.zappos.com

A Night Out

For a night out on the town, nothing is better than a great clutch bag. You really want it to make a statement, though, so opt for an embossed crocodile clutch in a bold color. Fall is a great time to add great animal print accessories to your wardrobe, but this can transition nicely into any season. Pair the pictured clutch with jeans or an evening dress to give a sophisticated look. Rich colors are another feature to look for when investing in a new fall clutch!

Pictured: Gianni Chiarini Croc Embossed Leather Clutch, $88.00 at select Nordstrom stores or available online at www.nordstrom.com

Fun and Flirty

A fun,flirty bag is perfect for almost all occasions. Bright colors grab attention and can be paired nicely with just about any look -- after all,  your intent is to make a bold statement, right? This ruffle bucket bag is great, because it is large enough to carry everything a girl needs, and the ruffles give it an air of playfulness and youth. Perfect for spring!

Pictured: Deux Lux Ruffle Bucket Bag, $68.00 at select Urban Outfitters stores or available online at www.urbanoutfitters.com

 

 

On the Town

An eccentric evening clutch is great way to add flare to your style. This one is perfect for adding an edgy look. The zippers and ruffles add dynamic to the basic black clutch and give your outfit an extra bit of spice.

Pictured: BCBGeneration, Zipper Ruffle Clutch, $98.00, available at Macy's or online at www.macys.com

 

 

 

Embellishment

A hobo bag with embellishments is great for both everyday purposes and going out. Studs are great for adding a wild and styled look to any outfit, and with a ton of space inside, you can stock it with all your essentials without sacrificing style.

Pictured: Rachel Roy Handbag Kat Crossbody Hobo, $99.00, available at Dillard's or online at www.dillards.com

 

 

A Printed Carryall

A printed bag is a great way to add color to an outfit.This carryall tote is great because the leather accents and the bold paisley print add a richness to the bag that allows you to mix it into your fall wardrobe. Plus, the hues of this bag are stunning!

Pictured: Pasha Tote, $88.00, available at Anthropologie stores or available online at www.anthropologie.com

A Functional Tote


Who says you can't be functional and chic! This two-toned fold-over tote is great for fall, because it is simple and sophisticated. A tote like this can create a bold statement without being overwhelming and taking over your whole outfit. The rich colors are great for spicing up any spring wardrobe. Pair with a bright dress in a contrasting color.

Pictured: Foldover Mitered Two Tone Tote, $68.00, available at Arden B or online at www.ardenb.com 

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