Under-$500 It Bags That Look As Expensive As The Real Deal

Your bag can be the first thing someone notices about your outfit, so it's no wonder people shell out thousands of dollars for the one of their dreams. And we get it: If you're going to splurge on something, it might as well be the item you plan on getting the most use out of.

Even though we casted our votes for what will surely be the top handbag styles of the year, we realize the hefty price tags they come with aren't feasible (or necessarily desirable) for everyone. Thankfully, they're not required to score a total outfit-maker, either. We've found alternatives that look just as good, so you can grab the bag you've been longing for (and maybe a few others, too). The 16 handbags ahead — which are all under $500, by the way — will do just the trick. One might even be your style soulmate.