InStyle Magazine
February 21, 2018 2:08 pm
Lauren Spinelli/InStyle

There are few things on this earth more precious than owning a coveted luxury bag. (You’ll be mine one day, Chanel 2.55.) But until I start earning big-girl bucks, I’m always looking for great pieces that won’t keep me from paying my monthly rent. That’s where Forever 21 comes in. I know, I know. I’m closer to 30 than I am to 21, but I couldn’t resist this faux croc box bag when I first laid eyes on it. It reminds of those miniature purses that Bella and Gigi Hadid are often spotted carrying. You know the chic Stalvey bags? Well, instead of the $11,500 price tag, this one only costs $23.

I have carried it every-single day since I bought it, and people will not stop telling me how much they love it. I was even stopped by an employee in the Gucci store! If that’s not affirmation, I don’t know what is.

Sadly, my exact bag is now sold out (fast fashion waits for no one), but don’t worry. There are a ton of other brands hopping on the box bag trend, too. Make sure you grab one of these styles in our affordable roundup below before it’s too late.

1Emma Mock Croc Box Cross Body Bag


The faux-croc finish on this design gives it a luxurious feel while keeping the price point totally acceptable.

Boohoo | $20

2Box Metallic Leather Crossbody Bag


This one comes with a long strap, so you can go hands-free.

Rebecca Minkoff | $88 (Originally $175)

3Box Bag with Crystal Stud Detail


The metallic finishes on this design has the feel of our favorite Louis Vuitton iconic Petite Malle clutch.

Aldo | $77

4Don’t Box Me In Mini Crossbody


Try out a texture or print on a classic box bag.

Betsey Johnson | $88

5Floral Applique Box Bag


Put a soft twist on the trendy bag with a design that’s decked out in flowers.

Studio 33 | $95

6Bamboo Coffer Bag


We love the material of this box bag. The bamboo texture makes it ideal for a beach getaway.

Mango | $60

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