Q: Dear Amber,

I enjoyed your answer last month to the girl from Louisiana who wanted a new handbag- only problem is, I can not spend that kind of dough on a bag. Any suggestions?


Dorothy, Ohio.

A: Hi Dorothy,

I absolutely understand- this problem is actually what made me the deal finder that I am. Check out these bags- they range from $70-$250 but all look like $1500 bags from Barneys!

1. Rebecca Minkoff Perforated Love Letter Satchel, $247.50 (on SALE at

This bag has a Balenciaga city bag feel without looking like a knock-off. Better to be different than a faker.

2. AllSaints Ottoman Clutch, $70.

Every girl needs a high-end (looking) evening bag that is basic enough to wear with everything but unique enough to not look like it came from Aldo. This is that bag.

3. Bmoney, Steve Madden, $90.

This bag works because it is not a knockoff of any particular brand (although it does have when-Coco-met-Alber tendencies, which is a good thing).

4. Mini Drawstring Bag, Madewell, $128. Available at

Yes, bucket bags are back in style. No, you are not free to go grab the one you wore in the early ’90s. This trend is tricky. This version by Madewell works because of the heavy chain strap that foils the suede exterior.