There are many, many reasons to love handbags just a little bit more than everything else in your wardrobe. For starters, they’re one-size-fits-all; should you happen to gain or drop a few pounds, you’ll still be able to use them, no pesky alterations needed. And unlike, say, coats or sandals, they’re relatively seasonless, able to be carried pretty much year-round without ever looking oddly out of place. Plus, of course, they’re one of the quickest and easiest ways to update your look without blowing your budget.
But wait, you’re probably saying—don’t most good bags usually require a Gisele Bündchen-sized salary? Aren’t purses meant to be investment pieces? Well, not always. Just take a look at the 50 lovely totes, clutches, satchels and crossbodies in the gallery above; while every last one of them rings in at under $100, they certainly don’t look it. Thanks to their fantastic finishes, bold hardware and chic shapes, they’re guaranteed to get mistaken for designer buys. Click through to shop 50 cheap bags that look expensive.