The 10 Best high-street handbags

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It’s easy to update your accessories when beautiful styles like these are available at prices to suit modest budgets

1. Black

At well under £100 this is a bargain for a good-quality leather bag. It will suit those with an androgynous style and its fabric mixing and snake embossing means it has the trends safely covered. Also available in a cream colour way.

£85, topshop.com

2. Nude

Bored of black? Fashion designers are too. So embrace the cool colour palette which is making its way into a store near you and invest in the lighter look with naturals and nudes. This buckle-free satchel will have minimalists reaching for their credit cards.

£125, cosstores.com

3. Tangerine

Chain straps are still going strong, but if it's not Chanel you shouldn't add quilting into the equation. This bold tangerine colour sits perfectly against the fun gold tassel and strap. Remove the strap and it transforms into a handy clutch bag.

£24, urbanoutfitters.co.uk

4. Grey and cream

The satchel is given a new lease of life when delivered in this easy, spring colour-way. The cream body may get a bit grubby with time, but as the price point is so reasonable (it's made from polyurethane, not leather) you can afford to have some carefree fun with it this summer.

£36, warehouse.co.uk

5. Blue

There will be no nicer way of brightening up an outfit when the sun finally decides to show itself than with this cute little blue shoulder bag. The metal edging makes it look far more expensive than it actually is, and although it is small it's deep – and therefore surprisingly roomy.

£25, missselfridge.com

6. Snake

Snake print has knocked the spots off leopard of late, with many designers including Gucci and Preen experimenting with the serpent skin pattern. The clean shape of this roomy handbag shows off the print to the full and it is a great accessory to perk up a tired work outfit.

£180, bananarepublic.gap.co.uk

7. Monochrome

It shouldn't have escaped your attention that black and white is set to be the colour combination of the season. The hues sit harmoniously together on this tote in a graphic frame design and there are some matching shoes in store too.

£99.99, shop.mango.com

8. Yellow

Zara's handbags are consistently good. If you fancy a change from their hugely coveted leather shopper, this zesty tote with zip details should be just the ticket. It's smaller than the shopper, but just as much of a statement.

£39.99, zara.com

9. Buff

Shiny fabrics are the "finish" to get excited about for this season – and for the next too. This ladylike Fifties style looks more modern when delivered in patent, but you'll have to wait until early next month to snap up this spring bargain.

£29.99, newlook.com

10. Black and gold

More urban-inclined dressers will love this serious-looking bag with its multi-stud design which fits in well with the tough-leather trend. This versatile number can be hand held or worn over the shoulder.

£55, asos.com

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