If you're going for classic chic with a seventies-inspired twist, you'll find no better complement to your look than a flap bag. Sleek and simple, this easy silhouette is a practical choice for everyday wear. Really one of the most popular spring and summer trends of the year, it has carried over to fall thanks to its vintage influence and effortless style.
The good news is you don't have to drop the big bucks on Chanel in order to work the look into your wardrobe. Sure, the flap bag is an investment piece well worth the price, but there are plenty of affordable options available that won't break the bank. The Relic Bella Flap
($46.40) is a great starting point - the softly curved flap offers amazing detail all on its own.
If you're splurging a bit, consider a time-honored classic that will serve you well for, well, a lifetime. This Tory Burch Bond Flap Shoulder Bag
($495) is crafted of immaculate crinkled leather in a spicy mustard hue. Tinged by milk chocolate trim, the bag exudes an earthy-gone-glamorous vibe that can't be recreated - it's sublimely elegant in its own way, yet feels casual and relaxed, too.
Take this brazen Nine West Clutch Me Up Snake Clutch
($29.95) for a spin the next time you need to punctuate your look. The fierce print is only part of its aggressive charm; it's also wildly chic thanks to its fold-over flap top, cutout handle and sleek silhouette. Naturally, it's also animal friendly - a little extra detail that never hurts!
Ivanka Trump specializes in chic, reasonably priced handbags, so it should come as no surprise that one of our favorites comes straight from her collection. The Tiger's Eye Flap
($104.99) offers a dressier take on the look, and is available in 10 color combinations. We love every interpretation, from the cheerful mint patent croco to this sharp black laser cut.
Go for the glitz a little assistance from Big Buddha. The purveyors of affordable, chic bags offer a stunning evening option in their Nova Snake-Embossed Shoulder Bag
($59.98), a gorgeous flap design that shines in silver and even manages to successfully work a touch of gold into the mix.
An easy way to work a little animal print into your look comes via this Calvin Klein Vienna Haircalf Chain Strap Flap Lock Crossbody Bag
($98). Though it may seem like "too much" with its clinky chain strap, leopard trim and silver hardware, the primarily black body keeps it down to earth and wearable.
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