9 best affordable purses to shop under $250, per celebrities

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Celebrities have budget-friendly fashion in the bag.

After all, while their closets are frequently filled to the brim with pricey purses from the likes of Chanel and Hermès, not all of their favorite handbags will set you back four figures or more.

From Kate Middleton’s luxe-looking Longchamp tote to Emily Ratajkowski’s croissant-shaped carryall, plenty of famous folks regularly carry bags that ring in at under $250.

Whether you’re looking for a small style (albeit not quite as little as Lizzo’s famed tiny purses) or a travel-ready tote, we’ve highlighted 10 star-approved designs that won’t break the bank.

Keep scrolling to add some new bags to your shopping bag (and don’t forget to check out our roundup of designer purses, too).

A white croissant-shaped handbag
JW Pei

Whether you credit it to the cute colors, scrunchie-style handle or vegan leather, there’s no denying this JW Pei style has emerged as an “It” bag in recent years. Megan Fox, Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber have all stepped out carrying the Gabbi in various colors; it comes in a whopping 23 hues.

Perhaps its biggest famous fan, however? Emily Ratajkowski, whose fashionable off-duty outfits have included the buzzy bag in no fewer than three different shades.

The hot handbag brand also makes other affordable-yet-trendy designs, from the bestselling crocodile print-embossed Eva Shoulder Bag ($50, originally $59) to the Aylin Canvas Cell Phone Crossbody ($40) that made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list in 2022.

A navy blue Longchamp Le Pliage tote

While Kate Middleton carried one of Longchamp’s Le Pliage totes at her college graduation, she certainly hasn’t graduated from buying budget-friendly bags since becoming a royal. Over the years, she’s sported several versions of the popular purse, which Jennifer Lopez and Kendall Jenner also own.

These days, the Le Pliage is available in a slew of colors, in addition to a backpack version ($140) and printed pieces like the Small Le Pliage LGP Handbag ($235), which bears resemblance to one of Jenner’s Longchamp favorites. 

A drawstring nylon bag

While Selena Gomez and Hailey Bieber may be sparking renewed feud talk, there’s one thing on which both can agree: Staud bags. The Rare Beauty founder carried a canvas tote from the brand on vacation in 2019, while Bieber owns this nylon design.

Kendall Jenner is on the same page about Staud, too: Her collection includes the full-sized version of the crescent-shaped Mini Moon Bag ($250) — which also recently appeared on “Ted Lasso” — plus one of the beaded, multicolored versions of the brand’s Tommy Bag ($250). Sophie Turner, meanwhile, prefers the more minimalist Enzo Bag.

A wooden clutch
Cult Gaia

Bamboozled by where to find celebrities’ favorite bamboo bags? Good news: Beyoncé, Emma Stone and Jessica Alba are among the stars toting versions of this summer-ready style from celeb-favorite label Cult Gaia.

A black belt bag

This viral lululemon bag is certainly, well, everywhere in Hollywood. Kristen Bell, Lucy Hale and Camila Cabello are among the stars strapping on the water-repellent design, which was recently released in a slew of fresh shades for spring. It’s known to sell out swiftly, though, so don’t delay if you spy one you like. 

A black leather tote

Looking for a purse suited to Meghan Markle’s sense of style? The former “Suits” star is a longtime fan of Cuyana. In addition to carrying the tote herself several times over the years — and giving it as a fashionable favor at her 2019 baby shower — she recently partnered with the brand to donate 500 of the bags to Smart Works, a UK-based charity for which she serves as a patron.

A small brown bag
Luar/Moda Operandi

Luar’s Ana style emerged as a celebrity “It” bag last year, seen on the arms of Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Julia Fox and more.

A tan leather tote

Looking for a tote that transports you to Hollywood, sartorially speaking? Meghan Markle owns this versatile tote in the no-longer-sold canvas version, while Gal Gadot has the customizable leather version. It even appeared onscreen amid a sea of designer purses in HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” revival.

A green and white pattered tote

In addition to counting Shay Mitchell as a founder, this travel bag brand has been toted and touted by everyone from Hailey Bieber — who praised its suitcases on her Instagram Stories — to Elsa Hosk, who owns a cheetah-print version of this everyday carryall.

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