In the spring and summer, my credit card bills are always a little higher. Maybe it's the floral jumpsuit I couldn't resist buying, or the third round of margaritas...or the online shopping I did after said margaritas. Whatever the case, I know I shop more when the weather's nicer and I can show off my newest dresses, handbags, and sandals. (Wondering what the latest trends are? I've got that covered here.) Because of
my bills Mint alerts that inform me when I'm approaching my budget in the shopping category, I've been slightly more financially conscious in 2020.
The lesson learned? You just can't splurge on every new trend you see on the runway or on the arms of your colleague, especially for bags. If you're nodding along, then you understand. There's a healthy way to indulge your handbag addiction without spiraling into a state of unpaid credit card bills. In an effort to be a smarter shopper, I found 15 of spring's newest and best handbags—all under $50. The options range from a woven raffia circle bag to a plaid canvas tote that you can fit a small pup into. And now you'll have room in the budget for that extra marg or rosé!
Unsure about the whole woven/wicker trend? Test it out first with this affordable option from Brixton. The circular shape is trendy for the season while the orange and brown yarn designs add a creative touch that goes a long way in style. Pack this with you for all your warm-weather travels.
Missed out on last season's craze for beaded bags? It's not too late, we spotted a cute option for you. Here's one from Topshop coming in at $30. Stuff it with a card holder, sunglasses, or your favorite sunscreen for summer.
We all know several boss ladies in our lives, so surprise one with this inspirational tote bag. She'll be able to use it for work, when she shops at the farmer's market, or even as a casual beach carry-all. There's also another incentive to buy this bag: Its purchase provides 10 meals to children in need.
A classic black clutch is essential to your handbag collection because you'll always be able to break it out for special events, whether it's a company party or a wedding. Bag trends will come and go, but this black-and-gold option is timeless.
Maybe you don't take accessorizing that seriously, which is why you're completely drawn to this embroidered tulle bag with daisy prints. It exudes the spring/summer vibes you've been craving these past few months. Style it with a summer dress or jeans—the options are endless.
A clutch might not be big enough to hold everything you need on a day-to-day basis. For the ultimate workout that will hold your laptop and a spare change of gym clothes, buy this faux leather H&M shopper. The off-white color goes well with your lighter wardrobe for spring/summer.
Sneak a little leopard print into your outfit with this canvas bag. It's a functional bag in that you can stuff it with groceries or use the adjustable straps as a messenger bag for the office. With this on your shoulders, the rest of your outfit can be as simple as you want.
When the days feel longer and everything feels lighter and relaxed, take this tiny knotted bag out of the closet. The soft cream shade is great for anyone who shies away from bright colors, but wants to swap out their darker winter handbags. It also comes in a pretty Easter green/mint hue.
A clutch might not be big enough to hold everything you need for that wedding, so consider this two-tone crossbody bag as an alternative. The white and beige combination makes it look fancy with whatever dress you're wearing.
Spring cleaning helps you get rid of everything you've been hoarding for winter. Stick with the idea that less is more by rocking this mini trapezoid-shaped bag. You'll only be able to carry what you need the most.
Handbag trends come and go, which is why this $48 fanny pack is the best way to wear the trend without depleting your checking account. Aesthetically, it looks as luxe as its designer counterparts and it comes in two versatile colors for your outfits. All the signs point to buy it.
We all know that one person who's always carrying a million things around. Give her a little help with this plaid tote that can carry just about everything she needs for spring, from a change of sandals to a water bottle and visor hat.
Diversify your bag collection with this crossbody bucket bag. Since the accessory is completely transparent, keep your belongings hidden from sight in a pouch. Display the items you don't mind attracting other people's attention with, like your favorite summer beach read.
This woven clutch comes in yin and yang colors and works as a more casual clutch for that seaside wedding. The pattern is interesting yet easy enough on the eyes for even the pickiest shoppers.
Diversify your handbag collection with this almost transparent amber colored chain handbag. It even incorporated spring 2020's latest trend with lucite chains and has a detachable pouch to make it more useable given its semi-sheer material.
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