Any fashionista understands the importance of owning a chic handbag. After all, she's got to have a place to store necessities -- like her perfume, plastic and daily planner -- and that receptacle should be just as pretty as it is pragmatic.
The only downside to owning a designer handbag is that they're often really expensive. And in today's economy, it's hard to blow a handful of Benjamins on the season's hottest accessory. Especially when said accessory's trendy life is a dangerously transient one.
The key, of course, is to buy designer handbags that aren't thousands -- or even hundreds -- of dollars. It's also wise to choose a bag that works well with most of your wardrobe and won't lose its trendy charm in a matter of months.
Though seemingly elusive, such handbags do exist. Below I've highlighted six designer handbags from some of my favorite brands. In addition to being affordable, these bags will last you for years and won't break the bank.
Jane Marvel Chelsea Hobo, $96
This nylon bag from Jane Marvel comes in three colors: fire engine red, creamy beige and black. It features a generous handle drop, Jane Marvel patterned lining and a magnetic snap top for easy open and close. The bag comes with a free matching cosmetic mirror.
Hadaki - Sponge Nylon Solids - Brickabrack Tote Pod, $90
Whether running to the market to or sipping on cocktails with the girls, Hadaki's Brickabrack Tote Pod is the ideal tote for your everyday needs. Super lightweight nylon bag is eco-friendly while leather trim accent adds stylish sophistication and a touch of textural pop.
Chloe's Big Buddha Tote, $79.99
The Big Buddha tote from Chloe features gorgeous workmanship, and we wouldn't expect anything less! The bag's 13" tall and 21" long and features a 8" strap drop, loads of pockets and a chic exterior.
Featured at very top Nicole Lee LB1860 AVA in Gray, $85
Nicole Lee bags add polished sophistication to any ensemble. This AVA bag features a faux leather and faux wool trim, the Nicole Lee signature name plate and dual top handles with stud detailing. This bag comes in black, brown, dusty pink, grey and olive and has lots of pockets to store and organize all your goodies.