Dear Haute Girl,
I’m looking for a medium sized (hopefully leather) handbag, although if it’s a great style I wouldn’t mind another fabric. I don’t really have a specific color in mind, just nothing too wild (maybe black, brown, or blue). Basically, my requirements are that it is easy to match with all types of clothes (a bag that can be dressed up or down), and that it fits the style of a teen (I’m 17). Some of my favorite designers are Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Botkier, and Miu Miu, but I am open to all sorts of other designers’ bags as well. Hopefully I will be able to purchase it for $200 or less, but I’m willing to pay up to $300 if it’s really amazing. Thanks so much for your help!
You’ve come to the right place! What’s Haute certainly knows and loves handbags. Luckily for you, there are tons of great styles to choose from that are in or around your price range:
The MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Astor’ Hobo Bag, ($168) has neverending style. It’s simple and chic, and the studs give it a young, hip edge. Available at Macy’s.
Coach’s collection has a great mix of classic and trend pieces. The ‘Legacy’ Leather Top Handle Pouch, ($168) is an adorably cute Coach neo-classic, perfect for day and night.
Now, if you’d consider going over your budget just a bit, here are some additional options:
The Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Stud Sharpei’ Tote is a great Spring/Summer steal at only $388!
Andrea Brueckner’s Small Tan Saddlebag is a wardrobe staple – with draping and ruching that is eternally stylish and trendy enough for your age. It’s also moderately priced at $325.
And if you really want a high-end MJ, LV, or Botkier handbag but can’t afford the outrageous price tag, visit Bag Borrow or Steal, where you can rent and rotate all three brands under the DIVA plan, for just $90/month!
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