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27 Cute College Bags for Any Budget


"Hey! I love checking out your blog every week. I’ve been looking for a nice tote bag lately and can’t see to find one. The Le Pliage bags are nice, but they’re everywhere. Can you do a post on versatile, classy bags?" – Siyu

Woman Carrying A Crocodile Chanel Tote Bag

I’ve actually received quite a few emails about this recently.  Ever since the article about Wardrobe Essentials For College Girls went live, I’ve been bombarded with messages from readers wanting to know where to find classic and stylish bags for class.

It’s difficult to find a purse that is cute, classy, and will still hold all your stuff.  And college girls for the most part carry around a LOT of stuff.  For me that means at least all of the following: one textbook, a huge notebook, planner, keys, lip gloss, cell phone, pens, calculator, wallet, snacks, Nalgene bottle, etc!

My current school bag is this Marc Jacobs leather tote, which I love because it’s really roomy and classic.  Also, it goes with everything!  I have the black version, but the Marc Jacobs tote bag also comes in white, royal blue and olive green.  It’s pretty much the best school bag EVER in my opinion.

In the off chance that you aren’t a Marc fan or just want some more options, here are some more cute bags for college, sorted by price range:

Classy Bags Under $50

Here are some cool tote bags for school that won’t break the bank in the least!  All of these classy and classic bags are under 50 dollars, which is pretty insane if you ask me.  An added bonus: these go with everything, so they’ll last you all summer and into next year!

Cute Bags Under 50 Dollars

From Left:  Aurielle Carryland "Brigdeport" Tote ($24), Split "Nicole" Bag ($45), Bagtique Braided Canvas "Whipstitch" Tote ($27.20), Roxy "Jenny" Bag ($42), LimeNRoses "Joey" Day-to-Evening Tote ($35.20)


Classy Bags Under $100

A little higher up in the price range, but still pretty affordable, these totes are all between 50 and 100 dollars.  I’m loving the red bags for this season, and if you’re not prone to spilling stuff, the white Franco Sarto tote is adorable! 

Cute Bags Under 100 Dollars 

From Left: Liz Claiborne "Ripley" Patent Tote ($69), Liz Claiborne "Rocklin" Ombre Tote ($74), Nine West "Ombre Factor" Medium Tote ($93), Fossil "Caprivi" Tote ($98), Liz Claiborne "Bloomfield" Patent Tote ($89), Franco Sarto "Fashion Avenue" Tote ($99)


Classy Bags For $100 to $150

Getting into the pricier stuff now… these bags are all between 100 and 150 dollars.  Perfect if you’re all about quality and want something that not everyone else on campus will have.  I’m pretty much obsessed with the pink tote bag by Lacoste – it’s so spring-y!

Cute Bags Under 150 Dollars

From Left: Ros Hommerson "Kimberly" Portofino Bag ($141), Nine West "Bow Dacious" Large Tote ($100), Nine West "Hip Hop" Large Tote ($100), Fossil "Executive" Center Zip Tote ($138), Lacoste "New Classic" Horizontal Shopping Bag ($144)


Classy Bags Under $200

The totes and satchels below are all priced between 150 and 200 dollars.  For this price, you can get some serious designer-name merchandise, from houses like DKNY, Liz Claiborne and even Marc Jacobs!

Cute Bags Under 200 Dollars 

From Left: DKNY "Town And Country" Large Tote I ($183), Steven "Mosaic" Tote ($169.15), Liz Claiborne Columbus Leather "Croco" Tote ($179.20), Sigrid Olsen Handbags Crinkle Patent Tote ($174.10), Marc by Marc Jacobs "Faux Real" Tote ($152)  


Classy Bags $200 and Up

If you’ve got some extra cash on hand and want a gorgeous bag that’ll last you forever, look no further than the cute bags below!  Also, if you can afford any of these no problem, just know that I’m super jealous of you, haha.

Cute Bags 200 Dollars and Over

From Left: Cole Haan "Village" Medium Work Tote ($399), Stuart Weitzman "Bloom" Tote ($375), MICHAEL Michael Kors "Jet Set" Cotton Canvas Medium Tote ($252), Francesco Biasia "Perfect Harmony" ($242),  Perlina Handbags Reversible Tote ($219)


So there you have it – over 25 versatile, cute and classic bags that are perfect for college girls running between classes, interviews, internships and jobs.  Be sure to let me know what you think by clicking the comment link below and leaving your thoughts! Xoxo

Posted on on April 17, 2008 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , ,

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24 Responses to “27 Cute College Bags for Any Budget”

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    April 17th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    These bags are incredibly cute. I use a Longchamp tote as a schoolbag, and I love it, even though a lot of girls at my school use Longchamp totes too. I just prefer using my pink one over the black one everyone uses.

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    April 18th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Jax – Glad you like the bags! Yeah, Longchamp totes are really cute! I’m with you on basic black being the most practical. I love pink for spring, but I don’t wanna carry it all year round!

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    April 20th, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I also use a black Longchamp tote! I love it! I also love to shop at Baghaus if I want something cheap. Although I really hate knock-off purses, I love these bags. Many of them are designer inspired so their not total knock-offs. We have a store here in Birmingham, MI that sells them and they are actually really nice quality! I have a few that I love!

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    April 23rd, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    i really like them, but they do not fit my budget.

  5. 5
    May 1st, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Kristy – Aw, I’m sorry to hear that! I tried to find cute & classy stuff for all price ranges, but I guess I didn’t include yours?

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    June 23rd, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I’m so glad you didn’t include any coach bags. I swear, EVERY OTHER girl at my (private) school has a coach bag (whether real or knockoff, i don’t know).

  7. 7
    July 13th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Hey Zephyr, thanks for the post! I finally found my bag!
    roomy and cute print on the inside!

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    July 23rd, 2008 at 7:13 am

    kristy, you might want to try target or H&M for some cheaper bags that still look great!

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    January 18th, 2009 at 7:12 am

    i want to purchase a college bag for my girl friend but she will use it for books and in exams so send me that type bags images so i can choose and order to u.

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    May 5th, 2009 at 7:04 am

    It’s cool lokks amazing any gal an every girl would love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    May 31st, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    These are great ! Love them! For good deals on designer inspired handbags or simply something trendy I shop at Very good service, free and fast shipping too! Tip: You want to check out the their sale section…I’ve gotten some great finds/steals in this section.

  12. 12
    July 8th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Hi! I love your blog to pieces! I wanted to check out your MJ tote, but the ebay link has expired so I can’t get a visual!! Please post another link. I need a HUGE tote that won’t kill my arm when I fill it with book, planners, personal things, and a LAPTOP! :)

  13. 13
    July 25th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I second Brittany’s comment from this month. Please post another link to your Marc Jacobs tote :)

  14. 14
    September 11th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks I am always looking for cute bags. One that I am just in love with right now is a Green Label bag by

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    February 25th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    i would love to buy one of your bags but kristy is right they are way out of my price range if you ever lower your prices let me know ! :)

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    April 8th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    all not cute at all not my style none of them

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    July 10th, 2010 at 5:12 am

    i find most of the bags are cheap here than i have ever search in other sites..

    hoooo…….. hoping you enjoy your shopping… get more other styles of handbags, if anyone would like to have a look can try my website for more Gucci, Chanel, Coach bags ect.

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    July 21st, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    could you update this post…most of the bags mentioned aren’t offered at their websites anymore..

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    November 17th, 2010 at 10:25 am


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    November 17th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    so nice bags

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    March 2nd, 2011 at 4:12 am

    so good

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    April 1st, 2012 at 2:36 am

    your bags are soooooo cute and sweet i love specially the pink ones ooooo !!!!!!!! but yes its to costly

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