18 Adorable Spring Bags Under $50

Our goal: Find the season’s best bargains on handbags in every style, from color blocked to quilted. Mission accomplished.

Twice as Nice

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Here’s proof that classic, go-with-anything accessories can still be utterly adorable.

Click to buy ModCloth tote bags at modcloth.com


 

Colorblock Party

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Taupe and peach team up in one of the season’s most wearable designs.

 


 

Envelope, Please

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Nothing’s chicer than a flat envelope clutch (even if most of its contents should be, well, flat…) Dorothy Perkins’ striped take comes in combos of taupe, white and silver or beige, peach and gold.

To buy: Dorothy Perkins stripe clutch, $29 at dorothyperkins.com


 

Star Studded

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After a winter full of heavy studded satchels and totes, this clutch is like a wardrobe palate cleanser. The color is dreamy, the studs are delicate, and the shape is light-as-air.

To buy: Dorothy Perkins ‘Studd’ clutch, $29 at dorothyperkins.com


 

Box Seats

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Don’t save this clutch for evening. It’s Audrey Hepburn-inspired details look great with crisp summer separates and pretty day dresses.

To buy: ModCloth ‘Sweet Structure’ clutch, $49.99 at modcloth.com


 

Cutie Pie

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It’s as if Zooey Deschanel’s essence were distilled into one bite-size bag: feminine, charming and fun.

To buy: Aldo ‘Tison’ bag, $35 at aldoshoes.com


 

Saddle Up

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The handbag equivalent of a sailor-stripe tee. In other words, classic, chic and eternally polished.

To buy: Oasis ‘Skye’ bag, $45 at oasis-stores.com


 

Le Chat Noir

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Motif clutches and shoulder bags (think fruits, seashells, and cute animals) are everywhere this season. We love this black cat because it blends whimsy with sophistication.

To buy: H&M shoulder bag, $17.95 at hm.com


 

Optical Illusion

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Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors have made bold black-and-white striped bags a key statement accessory. This under-$50 version is plenty chic for about $1,000 less.

To buy: Dorothy Perkins wing tote, $49 at dorothyperkins.com


 

Black Tie

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Not a pastel person? This satchel’s diminutive shade and darling details provide all the joie de vivre you want in a new spring bag.

To buy: ModCloth ‘Verbs and Nouns’ bag, $49.99 at modcloth.com


 

Quilting Circle

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You can’t go wrong with a quilted, light-on-the-logos bag like this one from Forever 21. It pivots beautifully from weekend casual to meeting polish.

To buy: Forever 21 ‘Posh’ satchel, $27.80 at forever21.com


 

Bucket Brigade

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Here’s the sort of swingy, tassel-trimmed bucket bag we imagine our moms carried back in college. If you can’t unearth one from her archives, pick up this spot-on style from Old Navy.

To buy: Old Navy bucket bag, $32.94 at oldnavy.com


 

Lemonade Stand

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As refreshing as a glass of the real thing, this lemonade-colored tote balances elegant styling with a youthful attitude.

To buy: Nasty Gal ‘Lemonade’ bag, $48 at nastygal.com


 

Pyramid Scheme

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This bold studded bag makes us want to put on high heels and sing the late-seventies summer anthem “Hot Child in the City.”

To buy: Urban Expressions ‘Rush’ bag, $40 at hm.com


 

Pale Beauty

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This bag’s matte gold hardware, cool gray color, and etched texture fooled us into thinking it cost hundreds.

To buy: H&M shoulder bag, $29.95 at hm.com


 

Boxed In

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Available in spearmint, blush, and ivory, this boxy crossbody is perfectly sweet—and perfectly proportioned.

To buy: Forever 21 ‘Subtle Thing’ crossbody, $16.80 at forever21.com


 

Soft Touch

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One of the prettiest, most wearable (or is it “carryable”?) bags we’ve seen for spring. The pale mint color acts like a neutral, but it’s also available in beige for true classicists.

To buy: Aldo ‘Bodner’ bag, on sale for $29.98 at aldoshoes.com


 

Pet Snake

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Trade in your dark and bulky tote for this Old Navy carryall. The faux suede interior is plenty room, and there’s a little pocket for your cell or keys.

To buy: Old Navy tasseled tote, $39.94 at oldnavy.com

Christen Tung

Christen is a freelance writer residing in Mount Holly, N.J. She writes for several online magazines, and she also helps her clients improve their marketing efforts by writing newsletters, brochures, content, press releases, etc. When she's not working on improving the environment, Christen enjoys visiting her local farmer's market, reading, traveling and gardening.

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