Think all black handbags look the same? Think again.

Dear Nicky, I know you’ve been solving beauty dilemmas but I’m hoping you can help me to find a nice black bag under $200.

I’d like something big enough to carry all my crap in without it giving me scoliosis. Hoping you can help.

Hi Hoping You Can Help,

Have you been tapping my phone? Had me followed? Because I have been discussing the exact same thing; where to buy the perfect black bag with my girlfriends for weeks now.

One friend’s husband bought her a bag that is not at all her taste so now she’s looking for something to er, replace it. My other friend and I have been devising ways we can buy the Celine black tote, which is absolute perfection, without having to remortgage our apartments or eat noodles every night for three years straight.

We’ve decided (for now) it’s impossible, so I’ve scoured the interwebs for 20 black handbags under $200 (most are under $100) that aren’t too small and aren’t too big. Without knowing too much about exactly what you need out of life a bag, I hope there’s something here for you.

x Nicky.

1. Hinged Hobo Bag, Topshop BUY HERE.


2. Zip leather holdall, Nordstrom, BUY HERE.

3. Sia cross-body bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs, BUY HERE.

4. Sequin Tote, Vanessa Bruno BUY HERE.


5. Metal Leather Tab Satchel, Nordstrom, BUY HERE.

6. Black cross-body bag, River Island BUY HERE.

7. Bowler bag, ASOS, BUY HERE.

8. Cross-buckle bag ASOS, BUY HERE.

9. Pieces Elfrida Slouchy Strap Detail Shoulder Bag, BUY HERE.

10. Casual duffle bag, ASOS, BUY HERE.
11. Rachel Tote, 10 Bells, The Iconic BUY HERE.
12. Atmos&here metal corner tote, The Iconic BUY HERE.

13. Mini leather satchel, The Iconic BUY HERE.

14. Meet Me in Paris Leather Handbag, BUY HERE.
15. Layover satchel, Kate Spade BUY HERE.
16. Sketchbook bag, Madewell BUY HERE.

17. Keep It Brief Satchel Nasty Gal BUY HERE.

18. Sindy Shopper, Oasis, BUY HERE.
19. Embossed Boxy Croc Holdall Topshop BUY HERE.

20. CarryAll Croc Tote, Cabin & Cove BUY HERE.

And say if you have a little more to spend, this J. Crew bag is awesome. Elle Ferguson (from They All Hate Us) has been snapped with this tote, and this one is sold out on Net-a-Porter but you could add yourself to the wishlist to be notified when it’s coming back in stock. I have.

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