Splurge Vs. Steal: The Best Winter Handbags of 2022

Best Winter Handbags

With cozy season officially upon us, now is the perfect time to start transitioning your closet to warmer textures that are appropriate for the weather. One of the best things to add to your wardrobe is the classic handbag. If you’re an accessory lover like me, you know that the handbag is basically the cherry on top of your outfit and can easily elevate any look. From textures like cozy sherpas to luxe leather, the options for these wardrobe essentials are endless. Whether you’re in the mood to splurge or want to look stylish on a budget, here are ten of the best winter handbags (and their more affordable dupes) you absolutely need in your closet this winter.


01. Moon Bag 

The structure of handbags has elevated over the years and the crescent moon-shaped style is a trend that is definitely here to stay. 

Splurge: Staud Mini Moon Bag ($250)

Steal: JW Pei Rantan Bag ($75)

02. Teddy Bag

What better way to bring in cozy season than with teddy piece? This bag will easily add the perfect cozy chic statement to any cold-weather look.

Splurge: Stand Studio Medium Lolita Faux Shearling Teddy Tote $255

Steal: A New Day Party Tote Handbag($40 $24)

03. Structured Leather Bag

Much like diamonds, a good leather bag is a girl’s best friend. No matter how many fun bags one owns, a sturdy leather tote is essential and can easily go with any look. After all, it is leather weather!

Splurge: MM6 Maison Margiela Japanese Debossed-Logo Tote Bag ($260)

Steal: Mango Pleated Shopper Bag ($60 $50)

04. Mini Croc Bag

A trend that took the fashion world by storm in 2019, the croc bag is still the best for the fashion girls who want to look luxe and stylish — budget or not. An extra mini size adds the perfect 2022 twist.

Splurge: Cult Gaia Mini Estelle Crossbody ($298 $149)

Steal: Urban Expressions Knot Mini Satchel ($20)

05. Quilted Shopper

Just like the essential puffer jacket, everyone needs a puffy bag in their closet this winter. These shoppers are perfect for running errands in the chilly temps.

Splurge: Banana Republic Puffer Tote Bag ($149 $110) 

Steal: H&M Quilted Shopper ($35)

06. Shearling-Trimmed Leather Tote

This dynamic duo of leather and faux fur adds the best texture and tone to any great winter outfit. 

Splurge: Marc Jacobs Small Traveler Faux Shearling Trim Tote ($450)

Steal: ASOS Faux Shearling Bag ($47 $34)

07. Pleated Bag 

Are you a minimalist, looking for a way to make a statement with your outfit? A pleated tote is the way to go! 

Splurge: Pleats Please Issey Miyake Daily Pleats Tote ($395 $190)

Steal: Mango Pleated Bucket Bag ($60 $40)

08. Faux Fur Bag 

A furry handbag is a MUST for the winter season. Soft and supple in texture, it makes the perfect warm accessory, especially when you forget your gloves at home. 

Splurge: COS Faux-Fur Tote Bag  ($115) 

Steal: Urban Outfitters Faux Fur Medium Tote Bag ($40)

09. Chain Detail Bags 

Whether it’s gold, silver, or brass, chain detail bags are a fashion staple and the best combo of pretty meets edgy.  

Splurge: Schutz Match Suede and Nappa Leather Handbag ($238)

Steal: Steve Madden BMattered Bag ($99 $50)

10. Shoulder Bag

The ‘90s inspired shoulder bag is innately versatile and can be dressed up or down. No matter your style it, this is one bag that’ll be your everyday go-to! 

Splurge: Staud Ollie Bag ($250)

Steal: JW Pei Eva Shoulder Bag ($69 $59)

Now that I’ve given you several excuses to shop, it’s time to hit the stores and do cozy season the right way! After all, behind every successful woman is a fabulous handbag. 

Featured photo by @jillian_lenae.