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We all know those little festive red carpet clutches are anything but practical or versatile, but they’re just so darn pretty, aren’t they? My personal favorite brand for those type of box clutches is Alexander McQueen. I just love the mix of beauty and morbidity that graces their famed skull clutches. What I don’t love though is their exorbitant price tag. $1.400 for a handful of baggie? I think I’ll have to pass, thanks.

Alexander McQueen Crystal-Encrusted Skull Clutch in red

Alexander McQueen Crystal-Encrusted Skull Clutchcj
($1.399, Zappos)

Celebrities Love Alexander McQueen

Celebs such as Noomi Rapace, Rosamund Pike and Freida Pinto have all been spotted carrying an Alexander McQueen Crystal-Encrusted Skull Clutch.

Noomi Rapace, Rosamund Pike and Freida Pinto carrying an Alexander McQueen Crystal-Encrusted Skull Clutch

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Urban Expressions “Galaxy” Rhinestone Box Clutch

A great alternative to pricey Alexander McQueen are these Urban Expressions box clutches. I really like the blue version here! Similar look, but much nicer in price. I just miss the skull clasp on these. Also available in other colors.

Urban Expressions "Galaxy" Rhinestone Box Clutch in blue and black (Alexander McQueen knockoff)


Urban Expressions “Galaxy” Rhinestone Box Clutch
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($44.95, DSW)

P.S.: Also available at eBagscj & Amazonamazon.

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on May 28, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

I love (almost) everything coming from Alexander Wang, but shelling out $750 for a bag is neither reasonable to me nor anywhere in my budget (I’m also more of a shoes girl).

Alexander Wang Brenda Washed Shoulder Zip Bag in black

Alexander Wang Brenda Washed Shoulder Bagls
($750, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Alexander Wangls & farfetchls.

Jessica Buurman “ZOE” Pockets & Zip Details Snake Skin Bag

UPDATE (05/28/2014): After more than 5 years, here’s another Alexander Wang Brenda look-a-like! Found at Jessica Buurman – a real leather bag for $119.

Jessica Buurman "ZOE" Pockets & Zip Details Snake Skin Bag in black (Alexander Wang Brenda knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “ZOE” Pockets & Zip Details Snake Skin Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

Steve Madden “B-ZIPCROSS” Shoulder Bag

Count on Steve Madden to deliver. His “B-ZIPCROSS” shoulder bag is a good look 4 less alternative. The bag comes in either black, grey, raspberry or white and is currently on sale for $148.50 (was $198). Yay!

Steve Madden B-Zipcross black zip shoulder bag

Steve Madden “B-ZIPCROSS” Shoulder Bagls
($148.50, Steve Madden)

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Real vs. Steal – Céline Trio Bag

by Irina on May 27, 2014

UPDATE: This post has been updated on May 27, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

What is it about Céline handbags that makes me want to hand out my credit card, close my eyes and say: “But please, be gentle!“? I don’t know whether it’s the hype surrounding the French fashion house or the countless style bloggers toting around Céline beauties on their arm, but for some reason Céline bags have that enviable “je ne sais quoi“-factor that draws me to them. Not that I am anywhere in the position to actually buy a Céline bag right now. But not now doesn’t mean never, right? But until then, I’ll have to settle for a budget-friendly Céline Trio alternative, I guess.

Céline Trio Bag in red

Céline Trio BageBay
(~$1.500, eBay)

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Céline

Celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Mandy Moore, Kourtney Kardashian and style bloggers such as Chiara from The Blonde Salad and Ashley from Ring My Bell have all been spotted carrying Céline Trio Bag.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley (Ring My Bell), Chiara (The Blonde Salad), Katy Perry, Mandy Moore and Kourtney Kardashian carrying a Céline Trio Bag

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Jessica Buurman “AZUKA” Multifunctional Clutch Bag

UPDATE (05/27/2014): Just stumbled upon this cute red baggie at Jessica Buurman which instantly reminded me of the Céline Trio bag. Available in either red, blue or black..

Jessica Buurman "AZUKA" Multifunctional Clutch Bag in red (Céline Trio knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “AZUKA” Multifunctional Clutch Bag
($55, Jessica Buurman)

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (05/15/2014): One of our fabulous readers alerted us of this lovely and budget-friendly Céline Trio bag dupe at Forever 21. Available in red, black or ivory faux leather for $21.80!

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bag in red and black (Céline Trio knockoff)

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bagls
($21.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bag

And the first one’s a total winner, right? These cute faux leather bags by Apt. 9 are a close match to the pricey Céline designer original yet they are currently on sale for a very wallet-friendly $16.99! Steal deal alert, woot woot! At this price, I’d probably get one in every color.

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bag in red, black, tan and silver (Céline Trio knockoffs)

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bagls
($16.99, Kohl’s)

MICHAEL Michael Kors “Bedford Gusset” Crossbody Bag

If you’re looking for a real leather option and are are ready to invest considerably more, then this triple zipper crossbody by MICHAEL Michael Kors is a great Céline Trio alternative. $198 seems like a lot for such a small bag, but it’s still better than $1.500, right? Sadly, the best colors are already sold out including my personal favorite, a beautiful cobalt blue hue! Boohoo! Waiting for a restock on this!

MICHAEL Michael Kors "Bedford Gusset" Crossbody Bag in red coral (Céline Trio knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors “Bedford Gusset” Crossbody Bagcj
($198, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at CUSPls, Neiman Marcusls & Michael Korsls.

Annabel Ingall “Jojo” Crossbody Bag

If you’re really dedicated to the look of Céline’s Trio bag but simply cannot spend as much, here’s another fabulous but also quite pricey designer bag alternative by Annabel Ingall which retails for $320. Size, color and shape of the bag are almost identical to the Trio, but the “Jojo” bag has an extra crossover strap.

Annabel Ingall "Jojo" Crossbody Bag (Céline Trio knockoff)

Annabel Ingall “Jojo” Crossbody Bagcj
($320, REVOLVEClothing)

P.S.: Also available at Bloomingdale’sls & CoutureCandycj.

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This celebrity look of Miranda Kerr isn’t exactly new or anything, but I have always loved this classy outfit of hers, so when I saw the elegant pencil dress from Oasis a few days ago, I knew it’d be the perfect budget dress alternative for Miranda’s body-con Victoria Beckham frock. Do you like my take on this celebrity look 4 less?

Miranda Kerr’s Classy Pencil Dress Look 4 Less

Miranda Kerr's Classy Victoria Beckham Pencil Dress Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who?Miranda Kerr
Where?Out and About in New York City, NY
When?November 12, 2012
What?Miu Miu sunglassesls ($395), Victoria Beckham pencil dressls, Prada bagls, Lanvin pumpsls

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Budget Finds

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Image source(s): Charlotte Russe, GoJane, Target, Forever 21, Max and Chloe, DSW

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