Pictured above is my own "steal" bucket bag, from Old Navy! (Sadly no longer available)
Being the unorganized person that I am, bucket bags are my favorite go-to bag because I can throw everything I need in and head out (it all gets lost eventually, right?). The draw-string ties are also a bonus because they stay shut, but are easy to pull open- you know, when your phone's ringing and you're expecting a call and you simply do not have time unzip three zippers and punch in a 10-digit code to get into your bag.
These don't weigh you down and they're easy to transition from fall into a summer beach bag, so you can keep it on your shoulder year-round.
Everywhere I look, someone has a cute Tory Burch or Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, and as much as I'd like to splurge on one, I think I should pay my rent this month.
And that brings me to my "steal" bucket bags. If you're in the same boat as me, here are a few options for you that are all under $40!
Edit: After this post was originally created, the two Liz Claiborne bags went off sale from $39 back to their orig. price of $65.