Luxury Alternative Bags Under $1,000

A question I get asked all the time is for recommendations on luxury alternative bags. What is a luxury alternative bag? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like—it’s a high-quality handbag that could absolutely pass as a luxury designer bag, but for a fraction of the cost! If you’ve been dying for a Chanel inspired bag or any designer bag under $1,000, Shopbop has an incredible selection to choose from, and I’ve pulled some of my favorites to show you guys today. I’ve split it up into two categories: luxury alternative bags under $1,000 and ones under $500.


Under $500

DeMellier Vancouver Bag

In terms of best contemporary handbag brands, DeMellier is definitely up there. I am in love with this gorgeous crossbody in the color Deep Toffee. The signature gold hardware on the DeMellier bags makes them the ideal contemporary designer bag, and I love that this boxy handbag can be worn crossbody or more casually off one shoulder. This one reminds me of the lust-worthy Celine Box Bag but a fraction of the price!

Tory Burch Fleming Convertible Shoulder Bag

If you’ve been dying for a Chanel and it’s out of your price range, this Tory Burch Fleming shoulder bag is such a perfect luxury alternative handbag! It’s just under $500 and has that Chanel-esque quilting that will make people double-take. I love shoulder bags with chain straps, and for the price and look, this bag is absolutely worth it!

Oroton Margot Mini Bucket Bag

If you’re wondering if bucket bags are still in style, the answer is absolutely they are! They’ve never been out of style, really. I love this mini version from Oroton. It’s such a beautiful sand color, has a structured base so it won’t tip over, features a decorative buckle, and has a zipper top to keep your things secure! I love her and think she’d be the perfect brunch accessory.

Tory Burch Kira Chevron Small Convertible Shoulder Bag

This is an amazing small Chanel 19 alternative. Again, this Tory Burch Kira Chevron bag has that quilted look that’s so synonymous with the brand and is a chain strap crossbody bag for a literal fraction of the cost!

DeMellier Vancouver Crossbody Bag

The only two words you need about this gorgeous black crossbody is embossed lizard. This little handbag is so incredibly chic and completely perfect as your everyday evening bag!

Oroton Margot Medium Satchel

This is a gorgeous crossbody bag. Made with pebbled leather, the rich whiskey color of this bag is perfect for your everyday. It has an adjustable strap so you can wear it as low or high as you need to, a magnetic flap closure, and even has a divided inner compartment with pockets for organization!

$500 - $1000

Anine Bing Ellis Bag

Anine Bing can do no wrong, and neither can this crossbody bag. I love how edgy and modern while offering some understated classic features like quilted leather and gold hardware. It’s the perfect option for the cool girl who isn’t looking for a loud bag but wants something that stands out! This one gives me Gucci Soho Disco handbag vibes - just a little edgier! 

Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Small Double Bag

This is a power bag. The Tory Burch Lee Radziwill bag is big enough to hold a 7” smart tablet, has metal feet, a divided interior with pockets, an optional and adjustable strap, and the Tiramisu color is a stunning neutral. I see this mostly as a workwear bag that can easily transition into non-work events. It’s just so sophisticated and smart! Giving me MAJOR Hermès vibes too!

Tory Burch Eleanor Convertible Shoulder Bag

If the quilted look isn’t your cup of tea, this Tory Burch black big logo bag is a more minimal, understated option I love. It has that fashionable and edgy gold-tone shoulder strap, and a tonal logo emblem that fades into the bag.

Mansur Gavriel Elegant Bag

I mean, does it get any chicer than this?! A classic, vintage-inspired handbag that was made for date nights and girls dinners. It’s a simple, classy handbag that looks just as good with a blazer and jeans as it does with a silk midi dress!

Mansur Gavriel Mini Soft Lady Bag

I am in love with this stunning leather handbag! The Latte Macchiato color is so clean and elegant, and I love the very minimal detail. The leather is vegetable-tanned and the interior is a gorgeous suede. It also can be carried by hand or worn as a crossbody or shoulder bag. Endless versatility with this handbag so you know you’re getting your money’s worth! Very similar to my Celine Mini belt bag in size, but can be worn crossbody - WIN!

Tory Burch Kira Chevron Convertible Shoulder Bag

This is SUCH a great shoulder bag. Classic, chic, sophisticated, and looks eerily similar to a classic Chanel double flap bag from far away. If it’s within your budget, this is a great investment piece that will last you for years and goes with every outfit you can imagine!

Under $1000 Handbags

Outfit Details: Similar Blazer | T-Shirt (small) | Jeans (size up)

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