Handbags are the ultimate form of arm candy. And the best part about them? There's so many to choose from! From elegant evening clutches to everyday crossbody bags, the options are limitless. However, unless you are a multimillionaire, you probably don't own thousands of bags, which means you'll have to pick and choose the best of the best when it comes to quality, functionality, style, and more. To help you narrow it down, we here at Livingly have scoured the Internet and made your ultimate guide to help you determine which handbags and purses to invest in for 2019. These are budget-friendly bags at solid prices, which means you have more flexibility to purchase more than one handbag
Because of the affordable price points, you may be able to choose more than one from this list to purchase, and trust us, they'll last you way past 2019, too. Think of these bag(s) as an investment for yourself to help make life easier when it comes to storing your items and helping you stay organized amidst any occasion: From black-tie affairs, last-minute road trips with the girls, and everything in between! Besides, each bag can serve multiple purposes and occasions, so it’s not like you’ll be picking a bag each day, but rather, a few affordable, high-quality ones to use depending on the situation and upcoming event at hand. For example, a classic satchel you can wear on the weekends, while a sturdy durable tote you can take everyday to work, and so on.
And, with these handbags and purses, you won't be forced to choose quality over quantity. In fact, when selecting these specific products, we made sure to include those that are made with high-quality materials and fabrics while also being functional and, of course, stylish.
Here are top picks of bags and purses to invest in for 2019. Happy shopping, folks!
Coach Charlie 28 Ombré Leather Tote
Thanks to its chic blue color, this bag can brighten up even the most basic of wardrobes. If you're anything like me and wear black nearly 24/7, use this bag to give your look a pop of color. Although the ombre design screams of fun, the structure and the silhouette of the bag is what makes it a sophisticated choice. Wear it crossbody for an effortless look, or hold it by the handles if you're going for a an edgy look. Either way, you can't go wrong. In addition to its exterior, the interior features a zip pocket and two slip pockets, and everything is stowed away safely thanks to the center zipper, which also provides easy access to any items you may need in your bag.
Coach Charlie 28 Ombré Leather Tote, $325, Bloomingdale's
Street Level Belt Bag
Unless you've been living under a rock this past year, you know that fanny packs are officially back in style-- and we couldn't be more obsessed. Aside from its practicality (it's perfect for those who hate schlepping around a big bag but who are also scared of losing their phone/wallet/etc.). The waistband is adjustable, which means it can slide on and off with ease. The zip closure protects your belongings from falling out and keeps everything organized and out of sight. Plus, you can never go wrong with a basic black fanny pack; it works for almost any occasion: Shopping, errands, concerts, a Saturday night out — you name it!
Street Level Belt Bag, $38, Bloomingdale's
Croc-Embossed Foldover Crossbody Clutch
The unique croc-embossed texture adds a funky touch to a basic evening bag. Plus, there's a detachable crossbody straps, so you can either swing it over your shoulder, or carry it sans-chains. And although the bag may seem small, it's anything but: With an exterior snap pocket, interior zip pocket, and two additional interior zip pocket: You can rest assured your cellphone, lipstick, mirror, and anything else you may need for your night out will fit comfortably all within the bag.
Croc-Embossed Foldover Crossbody Clutch, $40, Bloomingdale's
Street Level Snake Print Reversible Hobo
Aside from the statement-making snakeskin print, the bag has a surprise up its sleeve: It's actually reversible. Depending on the occasion, you can wear the snakeskin print or simply reverse it to reveal the basic nude fabric on the interior. The bag's silhouette is loose and relaxed, meaning it will fit comfortably over your shoulders and make for seamless carrying. It also comes with a removable zip pouch, perfect for storing loose change, gum, or any other tiny essentials you don't want getting trapped in the endless "dark hole," also known as the bottom of the bag (we all know once something gets lost in the bag, it's pretty hard to find again).
Snake Print Reversible Hobo, $40.60, Bloomingdale's
Haden Medium Beaded Hobo
This boho-centric bag gives us major "cool girl next door" vibes and an all-over effortless aesthetic. The beaded black and white vertically striped pattern adds for a fun yet neutral print that goes with essentially any outfit. To top it all off, the bag is complete with a leather trim to tie it all together. The interior slip pocket is ideal for keeping your cellphone safe, secure, and also within an arm's reach at all times. Pair the versatile hobo bag with almost any outfit and occasion.
Haden Medium Beaded Hobo, $73.50, Bloomingdale's
Street Level Flap Backpack
This petite backpack is an excellent choice for on-the-go accessorizing, traveling, and anything in between. It's small enough to fit as a personal item on a plane, yet it's large enough to hold any and all of your basic belongings. To close it, simply pull the drawstring as well as a snap closure, both of which guarantee the fact that your goods are secure inside the bag and safe from the outside world. There's also three exterior snap pockets and three interior slip pockets, which make for easy organization and ensures that all of your items have a home. All in all, it's practical, functional, decluttering, chic, modern, and stylish. A win-win in every way, if you're asking us.
Street Level Flap Backpack, $54.60, Bloomingdale's
Medium Wristlet Bucket Bag
The bold and bright hue makes this bag absolutely one-of-a-kind, meaning it's a great addition to any wardrobe. And with bucket bags becoming increasingly popular, there's no doubt that the trend isn't going out of style anytime soon. But, with so many bucket bags on the market, you'll want one that's unique enough to stand out: Hence, this baby right here. Aside from the color, the gold-toned hardware adds for a sophisticated touch, and it goes a long way. The bag has not one, but two interior slip pockets that allow for simple organization and decluttering. What's more, the bag also converts into an easily wearable crossbody wristlet design, which allows for hands-free convenience.
Medium Wristlet Bucket Bag, $68, Bloomingdale's
Chain Link Trim Large Tote
This tote puts an edgy spin on the classic work bag. The double chain link handles and chain trim on the faux leather adds for a rock n' roll touch that's subtle yet fashionable and works for almost any work environment. The magnetic snap closure protects your items from getting lost or stollen -- a big plus if you're always on-the-go and may not be paying attention 24/7 (we've all been there). All in all, the durable bag is strong and sturdy enough to hold all of your work essentials, so you don't have to worry about it unexpectedly breaking or ripping. The bag comes in a classic black, or a neutral grey.
Chain Link Trim Large Tote, $68, Bloomingdale's
Glitter Bow Crossbody Bag
Sparkly, feminine, and convenient, this evening bag from Ted Baker can truly do no wrong. The bow adds for a classic girly touch without overdoing it, and the overall metallic sheen of the bag screams "party" (in the best way possible). Plus, the straps are super chic and on trend (yay!). The interior slip pocket is ideal for compact mirrors, so you can ensure your makeup and lipstick is always #onfleek. What's more, the rose gold chain is detachable, so you have the option to wear it across your shoulder, or simply carry it as you would a normal evening clutch. The choice is yours!
Glitter Core Bow Evening Bag, $76, Bloomingdale's
Small Chevron Quilted Leather Crossbody
Rebecca Minkoff's signature crossbody bag is ultra convenient with its super-small, compact size. The quilted leather. combined with the silver-toned hardware and chain is chic and, overall, a timeless staple that will never go out of style. The adjustable chain strap makes for extra convenience in any situation. The turn-lock flap closure means extra security, which is always a good thing. The bag is also complete with an exterior slip pocket (perhaps for your cellphone), as well as three interior card slots, which means you don't have to schlep your whole wallet out with you — just bring your essentials, like your ID, some cash, and a debit/credit card.
Small Chevron Quilted Leather Crossbody, $87.75, Bloomingdale's
This statement-making silver tote makes for the perfect weekender bag. Yes, it's large enough to store literally anything you could possibly need for a busy day of running errands, weekend trips, and everything in between. Plus, the sturdy straps provide extra support, meaning that no matter how heavy the bag gets, it won't rip, nor will your shoulder feel sore. The zip closure allows for easy storage, organization, convenience, and decluttering to help you stay on top of your game, 24/7.
Graham Tote, $80, Bloomingdale's
Mini Top Handle Satchel
Not only is this sparkly bag as cute as can be, it's also functional enough for everyday use! The color adds a playful touch to the classic, sophisticated satchel silhouette that's totally work appropriate. The top handles adds even more sophistication. We recommend carrying it by the top handles for work purposes, but, on the weekend, feel free to wear it crossbody for hands-free convenience, ease, accessibility. The gold-toned hardware is as practical as it is stylish: The flap-lock closure helps ensure all of your belongings remain intact inside the bag, while the interior slip pocket is perfect for any essentials you'll need at an arm's length. What's more, the bag's protective metal feet helps keep it sturdy, durable, and long-lasting.
Mini Top Handle Satchel, $112.50, Bloomingdale's
Pen Pal Belt Bag
This belt bag has a fun beaded pattern and gives us major bohemian vibes. Think of the style as a cross between a belt and a fanny pack. What's more, the bag is practically pocket-sized, but it has enough storage to hold your essentials. The stretchy waist strap conveniently slides on and off, but can also be tight enough to remain secure on your body, so you don't have to worry about it unexpectedly sliding off and falling down. All in all, it's the unique style of the bag that makes it worth the investment for 2019.
Pen Pal Belt Bag, $146.25, Bloomingdale's
Metallic Dainty Crinkle Bag
Boring evening bags are getting a much-needed makeover, thanks to this absolutely adorable, petite-sized metallic crinkly purse. Whether you choose to carry it by the chain handle or the crossbody strap (which is probably way more convenient), there's no denying that the gold-toned chain provides the bag with additional chicness and sophisticated. The magnetic snap closure allows you to have easy access to all of your essentials without playing around with a zipper or shuffling through the bag. The two interior slip pockets also help you to stay as organized as possible when it comes to storing your stuff.
Metallic Dainty Crinkle Bag, $62, Bloomingdale's
Sabrina Link Shoulder Bag
Let this bag be the star next girl's night out. The chic golden links are certainly eye-catching, to say the least. What's more, the bag comfortably holds all your essentials neatly thanks to interior card pockets, so you won't have to rummage though your bag when you're waiting to pay at the bar or holding up the line trying to find your ID for the bouncer to scan. Yay for statement-making purses!
Sabrina Link Shoulder Bag, $29.98, Nordstrom
Mini Shoulder Bag
Convenient, practical, and stylish all at the same time, this bag is the ultimate 2019 must-have. The pint-sized tote bag is small but mighty: Its top zip closure keeps items secure, and the lining helps to combat spills and messes. And, it's edgy, too: The exterior is embellished with glistening silver-toned safety pins that'll have everyone's heads turning and all eyes on the bag.
Mini Shoulder Bag, $38, Nordstrom
Stud Trim Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
The chic olive hue of the faux leather structured crossbody easily makes the bag perfect for either daytime or nighttime activities. The studs help to give it a modern touch and a hint of edginess. Plus, the turn-lock closure is makes it physically impossible for your belongings to fall out unless you actually turn the lock. The interior wall pocket is ideal for small but necessary items that you can easily store for fuss-free access. Plus the delicate faux leather strips make the bag look even more pulled-together (we recommend tying it in a bowtie for a feminine twist).
Stud Trim Faux Leather Crossbody Bag, $42, Nordstrom
Faux Leather Satchel
Blush is perfectly on-trend, so why not incorporate it into your accessories, too? The smooth look and feel of the top handle bag gives a more casual spin to an elegant style, which in turn makes it more versatile. For added convenience, wear the bag crossbody, but, if you're going for high-style vibes, carry it by the small top handles (and don't forget to 'gram it, either).
Jhill Faux Leather Satchel, $65.95, Nordstrom
Woven Convertible Shoulder Bag
The colorful, woven stitches that make up this Elizabeth and James shoulder bag is what makes the accessory so one-of-a-kind. Made with genuine cow leather, the high-quality, highly functional purse is what dreams are made of. Depending on your style and preferences, you can wear the bag swung across your shoulder or simply carry it like a clutch. The bold, bright, dark colors means you can wear it day or night-- or even both.
Woven Convertible Shoulder Bag, $123, Bloomingdale's
Medium Sequin Drawstring Bag
This multi-colored sparkly drawstring bag is everything you could ever want in a statement-making purse. And, it's the perfect party bag to go with your LBD. The crossbody strap means the bag is as functional as it is colorful and sparkly (and you can never go wrong with too many sparkles, right?!). The drawstring closure guarantees that your items are safe and secure, no matter how hard you tear up the dance floor (AKA no more worrying about holding all of your items as you let loose!). Although the bag has a personality of it's own, we've included it because we think every girl needs that one funky bag-- and this one's it.
Medium Sequin Drawstring Crossbody, $145, Bloomingdale's
Medium Beaded Crossbody Clutch
This silver-gold metallic combo, combined with the fringe, make for an elegant, glamorous, yet flirty evening bag that's hard to ignore. The beads are dyed to achieve the perfect metallic shades in an aesthetically-pleasing gradient from silver to gold to black. And although many are still against the mixing of metallic hues, this bag will prove the haters wrong. Either wear it crossbody for hands-free convenience, or carry it as you would any other evening clutch. The magnetic closure and interior slip pocket make for even more functionality, and it's a total win-win. BRB, adding to our shopping carts ASAP.
Medium Beaded Crossbody Clutch, $145, Bloomingdale's
Victoria Mini Tiger Print Crossbody
Want to take a walk on the wild side? This insanely stylish, tiger print, leather crossbody bag was practically made for you. The adjustable, removable leather crossbody strap is an added bonus and lets you carry (or more like wear) the bag with ease. Thanks to the black and brown, the tiger print is neutral and goes with almost any outfit (unless, of course, you happen to be wearing more animal print-- then, you're just overdoing it). The silver-toned hardware and exposed zipper add the perfect touch of sophistication to help take animal print to an entirely new level.
Mini Tiger Print Crossbody, $159, Bloomingdale's
Micro Sutton Bag
Whether you choose a bold and bright yellow, a classic black, or a statement-making rose gold, you can't go wrong with any of MZ Wallace's fun-sized pocketbook. The durable double handles are quilted, which means you shoulders won't be sore from them (yay!). Plus, the bag's protective metal feet ensure the bag maintains its silhouette and is sturdy enough to hold all of your items, avoid ripping, and more. The interior slip pocket and zip pocket make for the perfect compartments to any essentials you may need while on-the-go. Besides, who has the time to dig through their bags for their stuff, anyway? Keeping your stuff organized has never been simpler thanks to this bag.
MZ Wallace Micro Sutton Bag, $165, Bloomingdale's
Julian Metallic Nylon Backpack
This metallic backpack is like a portable disco ball that holds all of your stuff — how cool is that?! The zip closure and signature clasp serve as double protection from any items falling out, no matter how small they might be (so you'll never lose your headphones again!). The straps are adjustable, so you can tighten or loosen them depending on your own preferences. The exterior zip pocket is perfect for absolute must-have essentials such as your phone, wallet, and other items you can keep at arm's reach.
Julian Metallic Nylon Backpack, $194.60, Bloomingdale's
Spiral Lilac Glitter Duffle Gym Carryall
How could anyone not be obsessed with this pink sparkly carryall? Add a fun touch to any occasion with this spacious, sturdy weekender bag. The icing on the cake? It's basically effortless to maintain and clean: All you have to do is wipe it if you're looking to clean it, and... tada! If only we could use this everyday!
Spiral Lilac Glitter Duffle Gym Carryall, $40, Asos
'The Transport' Leather Tote
This tote will become your new favorite accessory — wait, necessity. It's perfect for business trips, road trips, girls getaways, and anything else you could think of. The rich, textured black leather adds an uber-sophisticated touch to the classic weekender tote and is perfect for those who love understated, classic styles. The interior zippered pockets are great for staying organized, and the card pockets serve as an on-the-go wallet for when you don't feel like packing it all up. The lightweight silhouette has a flat base to help keep it sturdy and durable. While you can carry it by the handles, we suggest wearing it crossbody for an effortless, convenient look.
'The Transport' Leather Tote, $168, Nordstrom
A New Day Bedford Backpack
What's not to love about this super chic lavender color? The hue certainly makes the bag stand out from the crowd and is the epitome of "cool girl style." Plus, the unique silhouette of the backpack adds a sophisticated touch, which makes it a staple essential to any woman's wardrobe. Aside from its stylish exterior, the bag's practicality is what makes it stand out. First, it features a decent amount of interior pockets and compartments (both slip and zip to meet all your storage needs). You can either carry it by the handle like a regular satchel, or use the straps in the back if your hands are full. All in all, it's the ideal practical, stylish addition, especially when it comes to your travel needs.
A New Day Bedford Backpack, $29.99, Target
We hope you love all of these bags and hope you decide to invest in one (or a few) of them for 2019! Just so you know, Livingly may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.