12 Fashionable and Functional Handbags

Add a stylish handbag to your ensemble at a price that'll fit any budget

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Update your wardrobe with a handbag that matches your style – and your budget

It’s easy to freshen up your wardrobe with the right accessories, and handbags make for one of the best kinds of accessories. They’re functional, stylish, versatile, and they come in a wide range of price points.

We’ve grouped our favourite handbags by price starting with aspirational high-fashion brands all the way down to those easily attainable. Whether you need a practical everyday purse or a piece of sumptuous arm candy, check out this divine dozen.

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High Fare Fashion – Dior’s Granville Bag

Dior’s Granville Bag (approx. $3,100) is named after the fashion designer’s hometown. This elegant handbag in foulard-coloured deerskin can be carried by hand or with the strap. Pure luxury.

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High Fare Fashion – Prada’s Saffiano Bicolour Dome Bag

Prada’s Saffiano Bicolour Dome Bag($1,595) comes in two-tone leather adorned with golden hardware. If you want a functional bag that works well both day and night, this might be for you. Inside you’ll find a smooth leather lining, one zip pocket and three open pockets. It also comes in a blue/turquoise colour combo.

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High Fare Fashion – Salvatore Ferragamo’s Small Briana Shoulder Bag

Salvatore Ferragamo’s Small Briana Shoulder Bag($1,290) works for casual get-togethers, business meetings or cocktails with its sleek, classic design. It’s also available in cream, tan and black.

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High Fare Fashion – Gucci Sukey Shoulder Tote Bag

The Gucci Sukey Shoulder Tote Bag($995) with white or brown trim is a practical bag that can work as your everyday purse, gym tote or even as a diaper bag. With a 16.5″ width you’ll be able to fit plenty in here, and the double drop handles make it super easy to carry over your shoulder or in your hand. This is a classic you’ll be able to use for years.

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Semi Splurge Chic — Tory Burch’s Robinson Double Zip Tote

Tory Burch’s Robinson Double Zip Tote($575) comes in some standout colours: tan, emerald, red or black safianno and patent leather. This lovely find comes with a snap enclosure and two zip compartments. It’s refined yet sporty looking; a great little bag. Expect to see fashionistas sporting this handbag this season.

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Semi Splurge Chic — Rebecca Minkoff’s Dylan Tote

Rebecca Minkoff’s Dylan Tote($295) comes in a delectable rainbow of hues including baby pink, yellow, periwinkle, cotton candy, aqua and more. This bag is practical, but what makes it cool is its minimalist look. You can tell it’s a great quality handbag even though its style is so simple. A spacious 17″ x 12.5″, this is a great bag to bring to work or school.

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Semi Splurge Chic — Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Crossbody Clearly Colorblocked Handbag

Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Crossbody Clearly Colorblocked Handbag gives you the best of two worlds — one side is sheathed in trendy clear plastic, while the other half offers privacy and nifty pockets. This trendy handbag comes in a plethora of hues.

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Semi Splurge Chic — Rebecca Minkoff’s Neon M.A.C. Clutch

Rebecca Minkoff’s Neon M.A.C. Clutch($295) gives you a burst of colour that can pair with almost anything. Why not make a statement? Life is too short to stick to neutrals all the time!

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Model Value — Michael Kors’ Jet Set Leather Crossbody

Michael Kors’ Jet Set Leather Crossbody($128) is a flirty, effortless style booster. Its fun crossover strap with chain links makes it perfect for your soiree on the town, and it’s just the right fit for your phone, lipstick and credit card. This fun little gem comes in hot pink, lime, navy and various other catchy colours.

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Model Value — Roots’ Venetian Prince

Roots’ Venetian Prince($138) will catch your eye if you long for the practicality of a smaller-sized purse with a shoulder strap. It’s handy for travelling or running errands, and its bubblegum pink shade gives it a burst of fun. Made from premium leather and with lots of pockets, this is a no-fail bag.

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Model Value — Juicy Couture’s Nylon Louisa Crossbody

Juicy Couture’sNylon Louisa Crossbody($118) will have you looking like royalty—its magnificent purple and gold accents are fit for any fashion queen. You can also get this purse in bright candy pink, which is a statement maker of its own.

Model Value — Dipper Bird Canvas Tote Bag with Leather Trim

The Dipper Bird Canvas Tote Bag with Leather Trim is a playful bag crafted in Victoria, BC, with fun lining and a bird screen printed on the font. It’s ideal for someone who isn’t afraid to put a quirky twist on her style.