One thing the economy isn't affecting? Celeb's access to the season's hottest handbags. But since the rest of us are feeling the pinch in our own pocketbooks, Stylelist asked Pam Peckerman to hunt down similar bargain bags that will help you look chic but feel smart.
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This is jet-set style done right. Eva Mendes sizzles in head-to-toe Burberry, including a stunning, hardware detailed shoulder bag, that looks like it's held together with staples.
Burberry Stitched Lowery, $3,195, www.burberryusa.com.
The chain-link detailing on this chocolate-colored hobo evokes the hardware seen on Eva's breathtaking Burberry bag, but in much smaller doses. It is however, is big enough to serve as your hand-held bag while traveling. Remember, the more you can fit in your carry on, the lighter your luggage (and the less you have to spend on it) during holiday travels.
Chinese Laundry Hobo, $96, www.chineselaundrybags.com.
How did new mom Ashlee Simpson keep her boho chic style in the last days of her pregnancy? By evoking retro-70's cool with a suede fringe hobo.
Stuart Weitzman Fringe Hobo, $745, www.stuartweitzman.com.
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The fringe trend comes and goes, so there's no need to break the break on this look, instead steal Ashley's style with this fun, faux option. Aside from the sweet price, this shoulder bag also has shorter fringe so it will work on any woman's arm, irregardless of height. Ashley's hobo, on the other hand, is not for those us that are vertically challenged.
Melie Bianco Lace Fringe Hobo, $79.99, www.fashionflairs.com.
Katy Perry was spotted in Sydney -- no, not kissing a girl! The singer was promoting her latest CD and she was carrying a bold, electric blue satchel. She paired it with a floral print dress and ruby-red shoes. We recommend letting the brightness of the bag stand on its own.
Mulberry Small Mabel Bag, $695, www.mulberry.com.
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Buckle-up for some fashion fun. Add a splash of excitement to your usual corporate attire by pairing it with this blue satchel.
Nicole Lee Small Bag with Lange Stitch, $43.20, www.nicoleleeonline.com.
Who says stars won't be seen in the same outfit twice? Eva Longoria loves her Gerard Darel shoulder bag so much, she brings it everywhere. Darel is a French designer whose slouchy leather bags are coveted by fashion insiders and a slew of celebs, including Longoria, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Alba.
Gerard Darel 36hr Midday Midnight, $895.00, www.shoprumor.com.
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Everyone can be green with envy of your bags, as well. They'll never know you paid under $100 for this pocket-plentiful hobo, which comes in five other colors as well.
Bianco Green Triple Pocket Hobo, $75, www.fashionflairs.com.
It's only appropriate that our favorite girl-next-door, Jen Garner, is sporting a classic American brand. Her Coach bag has a timeless appeal and is worth the investment.
Coach Vintage Hamptons Hobo, $698, www.coach.com.
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