Few of us can get away with buying the latest in designer handbags, despite wanting all the Spring/Summer 2014 Fendi, Miu Miu and Alexander McQueen arm candy. In every colourway.
For this very reason, we've created an edit of affordable styles that come pretty close.
Before buying think about exactly what you look for in a bag. Is it space, functionality, colour, a statement-making design, multi-texture?
Next up, consider when and where you'll be using it. If it's a case of everywhere and every day then you need to be cool with parting with at least £50.
If hoarding is your thing then something oversized and structured is an idea. The black Michael tote with chain strap detailing by Michael Kors (available at Shopbop.com for £220) ticks the designer box and meets the required demands.
For something fabulous in the £40 bracket - you'll find what you're looking for in the new Zara collections. The white mini city bag with zip detailing (£39.99) is the only way to complete your white-on-white ensemble.
Take a look through this shopping guide to get your new handbag game on. Black is classic, but a bold red, yellow or metallic is bang on trend.
Buckles, pockets and padlock detailing are big this summer too, and best of all - these bags will last right through to next season.
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