There are three kinds of handbag in this world: the want-it-get-it, the want-it-save-for-it and the want-but-it's-never-going-to-happen.
The definition of these handbag types depends on your budget, but the never-going-to-happen category is pretty standard across the board: we're talking designer handbags with painful price tags reserved only for the rich and famous.
So maybe we can't get the actual bag of our dreams, but we can get the next best thing.
As per usual, we've been salivating over some absolutely gorgeous designer handbags this week, and instead of dreaming of the day we win the lottery and go crazy on Net a Porter, we decided to get the look now, for less.
Here are the five most beautiful designer handbags we've seen this week, with their want-it-save-for-it and want-it-get-it counterparts.
The Burberry Blaze - $3,576
BANK LOAN: Still basking in a brand new glow, the Burberry Blaze was unveiled at their Spring 2013 runway show, and it's totally on trend for right now. In vinyl and metallic python, it's super luxe, futuristic, and really shiny. We like shiny things.
CREDIT: But, if $3, 500 is a little bit out of your price range, you could take a look at this Lanvin Medium Carry Bag. With it's bronze finish in real leather and scaled python-esque flap over panel, it's still got all the luxe-factor at $1,481.
CASH: Get the look in mini-style with this Michael Kors Sloan metallic python-effect leather shoulder bag for $345.
What you miss out on: Crafted in vinyl, the Burberry is bettered in longevity by the two cheaper options, made with genuine leather. You're paying for the street cred.
What you save: $3,231
The Valentino Rockstud Clutch - $1,234
BANK LOAN: With a $1,234 price tag, you'd expect big things from the Valentino Rockstud Clutch. Well, it's not big, for starters; it's a very slim envelope clutch, but it is crafted in beautiful textured leather, with pyramid studs and a detailed turn lock closure. It also looks incredibly badass.
CREDIT: With all the texture and a luxuriously studded look, this Milly Kelsey clutch is also made with real leather, featuring a snakeskin finish for just $439. It's bigger, with a reasonable amount of space for your bits and pieces on a night out.
CASH: Featuring the same studded flap over top as the Valentino and Milly Kelsey, this Zara clutch has the look for a more accessible $96. Impressively, it's also made with leather, and it even has a disco-ready sparkly panel.
What you miss out on: The Valentino logo on the back.
What you save: $1,138
The Oscar de la Renta Dex- $2,515
BANK LOAN: The Oscar de la Renta small Dex bag is 'crafted in French smooth calf leather with hand-carved onyx and Tigereye hardware'. So obviously, it's super classy. And it should be, with that price tag. It's petite, ladylike, with classically luxurious style.
CREDIT: As a mini version of Fendi's iconic baguette, the Savana Mini Cyclamen Baguette has got some serious style chops in shimmery brushed leather, with tortoiseshell accents and that massive Fendi logo on the front. You can fulfil your label lust for $583.
CASH: Royal purple leather, gold tone hardware in a mini-size? Yep, this Tory Burch Amanda cross body bag has everything the others do, for just $217.
What you miss out on: Not much. The far cheaper Tory Burch ticks all the boxes, except for the on-trend boxy shape.
What you save: $2,298
The Valentino Va Va Voom - $2,346
BANK LOAN: At $2,346, the Va Va Voom Leopard Print bag by Valentino must be filled with solid gold, right? Well, no, but it is a solid medium-sized handbag, in a print that doesn't go out of style, with the signature Valentino rockstud detail.
CREDIT: Lulu Guinness serves up another leopard print bag, the large Pollyanna. It's a bigger bag, but with a slightly less exxy price tag: $1,241.
CASH: For our accessible option this time round, BCBGMAXAZRIA comes to play with this leopard print clutch. It's a good size for a clutch, but, smaller than the two others. It features a detachable chain strap, so it does have added versatility for the price; currently discounted to $132.
What you miss out on: Each of the bags are made out of haircalf - 100% leather, and while the more expensive options are bigger, better options for every day, the BCBG style offers versatility with the chain strap. But you don't get those badass studs.
What you save: $2,214
The Yves Saint Laurent Tote - $2,800
BANK LOAN: This monochrome YSL tote is big, bold and pricey at $2,800. It's totally timeless in off-white leather with black trim; and so in style, it looks like it's right off the runway. You can't really argue - it's a beautiful bag.
CREDIT: With the same off-white and black colour combo, this Chloe Alice leather tote is another big bag with bold style. It also features gold tone hardware, finished in genuine leather, for $1,946.
CASH: This Oasis tote brings the trend back down to earth with a $62 price tag. It features brassy hardware, an extra detachable cross body strap, and is made out of polyurethane.
What you miss out on: The feeling of owning a designer handbag. And the two more expensive bags are made with real leather, while the Oasis style is all man-made materials. It does do an amazing job of capturing the classic look, and adds a practical cross body strap to the equation.
What you save: $2,738