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Cute Purses and Bags for Teens

Crystal Schwanke
Teenage girl with handbag

No matter what you're wearing, you can always use a purse to add visual interest and color to your wardrobe choice. Purses need to be functional as well as stylish, though, to accommodate your busy life between going to school, holding down a part-time job, hanging out with your friends, and going on dates.

Shopping Tips for Cute Junior Purses for Teens

If you plan to shop online for purses, sometimes it's easier to find what you're looking for if you know which brands cater to teens. While not all the brands mentioned here are teen-specific, they do offer cute, stylish bags in a wide range of prices, perfect for the young buyer.

  • Make sure you consider function as well as fashion when shopping.
  • You'll need to consider purses that will work as well at school and football games as they will at a trip to the mall.
  • Make sure you look for purses with pockets, protective sleeves for high-tech gadgets and clips for key chains or school IDs.

Danielle Nicole Crossbody Bags for Teens

Danielle Nicole offers fashion-forward designer handbags at affordable prices. Bags can be purchased from department stores like Macy's and Nordstrom as well as online at the Danielle Nicole website.

Minnie Mouse Crossbody

The Minnie Mouse Crossbody features a polyurethane and textured tweed shell featuring a Minnie Mouse heart design. Inside you'll find a large compartment and one interior slip pocket. Other features include silver hardware and an adjustable strap. Price around $68.

Deadpool Pop Diecut Crossbody Bag

The Deadpool Pop Diecut crossbody bag offers a cool pop art die-cut front decal. The top of the purse features a zipper closure with a pocket located in the top just inside the front wall. Price is around $68.

Frozen 2 Hexagon Crossbody Bag for Teens

The Frozen 2 hexagon crossbody bag features a one-of-a-kind Frozen handbag. Design is in the shape of a hexagon and the purse is made of texture metallic fabric. The bag features embroidery with a zipper pull pompom. The crossbody strap is a chain design. Price is around $68.

Michael Kors Cute Purses for School

For girls who prefer designer bags but have a smaller budget, there's Michael Kors. You can find deals on the Michael Kors site, but don't forget to check other retailers, like Macy's, before making a final decision.

Delancey Crossbody Canteen

The Delancey block logo crossbody canteen bag in medium brown color features the color-blocked MK signature logo. The purse has tasseled accents and a MK brand charm. You can use the adjustable leather shoulder strap or the chain-link handle. The purse features a back slip pocket, inside card slots and a top zipper closure. Retail price is around $228, but the sale price is about $171.

Pink Color-Block Crossbody Bag

The pink color-blocked Saffiano leather crossbody bag features a turn-lock closure. Inside are several slip pockets. Wear as a crossbody for day wear, then detach the chain-link strap to carry as a clutch. Price is around $198 retail, sale price is around $148.

Erin Templeton

Erin Templeton is good for teens because of the small bags meant for wear during fun events and have a relatively low price (compared to some leather bag designers). The handbags aren't particularly trendy, and instead have a durable, minimalist style, meaning these bags can be treasured and used for years to come.


The tgif is made from 100% leather that can be a combination of new and recycled leather. With a zipper top, it's available in several colors with cool names like toothpaste and Kermit. Price is around $185.

The Assistant

The Assistant is an adorable purse is shaped like a camera bag. The top zipper closes the top half circle shape. You can wear it as a should bag, crossbody bag or on your back in a makeshift backpack. It's available in caramel only. Price is around $325.

Hammitt Los Angeles

For the teen who has the money to invest in designer purses, look no further than Hammitt Los Angeles. Hammitt offers a number of leather bags with metal details - perfect for the off-beat teen who is looking for an edgier purse.

Tony MED

The Tony MEd purse is a high style choice worn as a crossbody design. It's available in five colors and features gunmetal hardware and an adjustable strap. The interior is red embossed suede. Price is around $345.

Oliver MED

The stylish Oliver MED tote bag provides lots of room with an upscale look. You can wear this purse over your shoulder or carry it like a grocery tote. The leather exterior is available in four colors with all featuring the red logo twill lining. Price is around $345.

Crystalyn Kae

Crystalyn Kae handbags come in a wide variety of shapes and styles, and all of them are made from a blend of fabric and recycled leather. Bright colors and fun, patchy designs are available alongside classic styles like hobos, offering great looks for any teen. The larger handbags and totes can also be functional and cute for teens during the school year.

Vegan Handbags

The Vegan Bags are perfect for the girl who enjoys the look of leather but doesn't want the real thing. Vegan styles are available in tote and hobo styles, each in several colors. They're water-resistant, machine-washable, and cost from $75 to $429.

Charleston Hobo Bag

The Charleston Hobo Bags are just under $200.00 and come in a wide variety of colors. They're perfect for teens because they're small enough not to be too cumbersome to manage at the same time as a backpack, and large enough to carry the essentials. Price is around $275.

Kate Spade

Another designer name with cute purses teens will love, Kate Spade offers a range of styles. These purses tend to come in the latest color combinations and always look polished and pretty. Prices range around $198 to $428.00 range. Look for sale items often between $79 and $89.

Make It Mine

The Make It Mine collection takes camera pouches, mini backpacks and purses to a new level. You buy one base in either a pouch, shoulder bag or backpack and then you can buy as many flaps as you want. The appeal is that you can instantly change your look with a new flap without having to buy a whole new purse - perfect for the budget conscious teen. The bases are under $330 and each flap runs between $58 to $98 , depending on the details.

Andi Safari Mini Chain Canteen Bag

If you're looking for a fun stylish bag, the Andi Safari Mini Chain Canteen Bag may be your ideal. This bag features a beaded giraffe and zebra applique on a black background. Price around $348 retail.

Cute Cheap Purses for Teens

In addition to the aforementioned brands, you'll probably have great success finding cute purses at stores designed for teenagers or have large teen departments. Try shopping at department stores and discount retailers, including Macy's or Nordstrom. Those stores have a nice mix of styles and price points. Try the following retailers for cheap options:

  • Roxy: Look for a surfer-girl vibe with these beach-inspired bags. There are totes, shoulder bags, fanny packs, crossbody bags, and more, priced between about $20 to $50.
  • Aeropostale: You'll find affordable, casual options here, in the form of bucket bags, backpacks, totes, and other styles. Expect to spend around $20 to $40 for most designs.
  • Forever 21: Here, you'll find more trendy, budget-friendly options. Find totes, clutches, satchels, and several other designs starting around $12 to $25 for crossbody, crossbody satchel, tote, and backpack designs.
  • Kohl's: You can find designer styles at mid-range pricing at Kohl's, such as Simply Vera Wang, Relic, and LC Lauren Conrad. Prices run from about $10 to $350.
  • Target: You can find cute cheap novelty purse styles and designs ranging from $20 to $50.
  • eBags: eBags is an online-only seller that has many designer and designer-inspired bags at discounted pricing. Prices range from as low as $12 to as much as $900.

Designer Bag Warning

Clearly there are plenty of cute purses available for teens, but some gals are especially fond of high-end designer handbags. There's nothing wrong with that, particularly since they're so prominent on television programs and in magazines are marketed to teenagers. The price tags, of course, are typically astronomical. So what's a girl to do?

Resist the temptation to score so-called "cheap" designer bags on eBay - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Visit stores that specialize in marked-down designer goods, such as Filene's Basement. You may not find the Versace or Marc Jacobs bag you've been daydreaming about, but the selections at these stores are upscale enough to satisfy a designer appetite.

Find Your Perfect Purse

No matter what your preferences are, there are tons of purses out there for you. Do you prefer classics in colors that go with just about everything, or do you like to switch it up and use a different purse each day to accessorize your outfit? Does your purse need to last a few years, or will you be fine replacing it after a few months? Decide what's important to you in a bag, then go out shopping for the best price. What you're looking for may not be the same as what's on your friend's checklist.

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