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I think it goes without saying that owning an authentic Chanel bag is something each and every girl is dreaming of. And while I’ve never been much of a handbag freak, having a real Chanel bag in my closet would be the ultimate accessory and I would pair it with each of my outfits. It’s so wonderfully perfect and classic and suits almost everything.

Chanel Quilted Classic Flap Bag in black

Chanel Classic Flap Bag
(~$2.500, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal & Fashionphile.

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody

Update (01/08/2015): Found these chain-adorned Chanel bag look-a-likes at Forever 21. Available in black, white and burgundy faux leather for a steal-worthy $24.90!

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody
($24.90, Forever 21)

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse

Update (01/08/2015): I also happened to stumble upon these cute Chanel dupes at GoJane today. Available in various colors for under $12.95! Steal deal alert!

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse in brown, black and navy (Chanel Classic knockoff)

GoJane Feeling Quilty Purse
($12.95, GoJane)

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bag

Update (01/03/2014): Here’s another fab and very budget-friendly Chanel 2.55 inspired alternative! How lovely is this little baggie by Lulu? Only $30!

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Lulu Quilted Crossbody Bagls
($30, Nordstrom)

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse

Update (11/04/2013): Discovered these lovely and very budget-friendly Chanel 2.55 bag look-a-likes at GoJane today and just had to share! I love both the black and the gold version.

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse in black and gold (Chanel 2.55 knockoffs)

GoJane Quilty Thoughts Purse
($46, GoJane)

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag

Update (10/05/2013): Et voilà! Just happened to find this Chanel 2.55 look-a-like by Zenith! Looks just like the Chanel bag, comes in black or blue, is made of real leather and costs under $120 (sale price)!

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Zenith Leather Quilted Shoulder Bagls
($115.50, Kohl’s)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

Update (07/25/2013): Stumbled upon another set of budget-friendly Chanel-inspired bag alternatives at Forever 21.

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag in black and white (Chanel Classic Flap knockoff)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag
($24.80, Forever 21)

BagInc “Adele” Flap Bag

Update (02/29/2012): OMG! Just came across another, much better-looking Chanel alternative by BagInc. Love! Love! Love! Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” for 10% off!

BagInc "Adele" Flap Bag in beige, black and pewter (Chanel knockoff)

BagInc “Adele” Flap Bag
($109, BagInc)

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag

Update (02/01/2012): Our reader Chelsea informed us of BagInc‘s fabulous Chanel flap bag look-a-like made of real leather for $69 only. Available in black, fuchsia, white and camel. Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” for 10% OFF your order!

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag in black, pink, white and camel (Chanel knockoff)

BagInc The Obligatory Classic Flap Bag
($69, BagInc)

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bag

Update (01/26/2012): Can’t tell you how psyched I was to discover a new great and budget-friendly Chanel look-a-like! This one’s by Co-Lab by Christopher Kon and it comes in 5 variations: black, black patent, bone, navy and pewter metallic.

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Co-Lab by Christopher Kon Polly-1127 Quilted Shoulder Bagamazon
($135, Amazon)

Handbag Heaven “Bridget” Quilted Shoulder Bag

Update (01/26/2012): Here’s another great and affordable Chanel knockoff. Currently on sale at Handbag Heaven in red, black & grey.

Handbag Heaven "Bridget" Quilted Shoulder Bag in red, black & grey (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Handbag Heaven “Bridget” Quilted Shoulder Bag
($29.95, Nordstrom Rack)

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag

Update (10/16/2010): OMG! Look at this amazing Chanel look-a-like version by GoJane. I’m in total awe and want it in both colors!

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag in black and mink (Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag knockoff)

GoJane Quilted Chain Strap Shoulder Bag
($53.30, GoJane)

Aldo “Scates” Quilted Bag

Update (10/16/2010): While this Aldo bag is not a super obvious knockoff, overall it’s still a great and budget-friendly alternative to the real deal.

Aldo "Scates" Quilted Bag in black (Chanel knockoff)

Aldo “Scates” Quilted Bagls
($45, Aldo)

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bag

Update (06/16/2010): Doesn’t this quilted bag by High Fashion look like the Holy Grail of Chanel knockoffs? OK, some might be turned off by the white stitching, but make sure to check out the other 6 colors including cream (!), nude and pewter which are my favorites and you’ll see why $130 seems like a reasonable price for such a well-made Chanel look-a-like.

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

High Fashion 4803 Quilted Shoulder Bagamazon
($130, Amazon)

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag

Update (06/16/2010): ASOS has also a great Chanel knockoff in various colors including black, white, blush, mink, berry & navy. I ordered the blush version and I’m loving it! It’s so cute & feminine.

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bag
($29, ASOS)

Wet Seal Quilted Cross Body Clutch

Update (10/05/2009): Found a new and super amazing Chanel handbag knockoff for under $20 at Wet Seal. This budget-friendly Chanel alternative looks amazing if you consider the low price and it comes in either black or silver.

Wet Seal Quilted Crossbody Clutch in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Wet Seal Quilted Cross Body Clutchpjx
($16.50, Wet Seal)

Aldo “Bargen” Quilted Handbag

Until you have enough pocket change for the real deal, you might want to settle for a less pricier version first. This quilted flap bag by Aldo certainly meets the criteria. Now don’t expect the same delicate quality of a real Chanel because there is simply no competition. But if you want an affordable alternative this bag is probably your best bet. It does have silver hardware instead of gold and it doesn’t have the cute CC clasp (which the original 2.55 bag however didn’t have as well by the way), but everything else is quite identical.

Aldo Bargen Quilted Chain Strap Bag in black (Chanel 2.55 knockoff)

Aldo “Bargen” Quilted Handbagls
($40, Aldo)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 7, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Last year it was the Rocco bag that made its way around Tinseltown and with one very good reason: it’s AMAZING! The shape was reminiscent of an 80s duffel bag that got a makeover at the fabulous factory and the stud detail made it a great choice for day or night. Though the Alexander Wang Donna bag got less attention, it certainly didn’t lack in the celebrity love department. The bag’s differences made them like distant cousins or perhaps fraternal twins. The Donna is slouchy, only suited for day wear and like its name explains, a hobo bag. But, it is still – oh so perfect!

Alexander Wang Donna Hobo Bag in black

Alexander Wang Donna Hobo Bag
($815, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Barneysls, Alexander Wangicon & Shopbopcj.

Celebrities Love Alexander Wang

Pink, Rihanna, Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, Fergie and Christian Aguilera carrying a Alexander Wang Donna Hobo Bag

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Forever 21 Knotted Zip-Pocket Crossbody Bag

Update (01/07/2015): Found another great and budget-friendly Alexander Wang Donna hobo look-a-like at Forever 21 today. Available in black, white and green faux leather for $16.99 (sale price!).

Forever 21 Knotted Zip-Pocket Crossbody Bag in black (Alexander Wang Donna knockoff)

Forever 21 Knotted Zip-Pocket Crossbody Bag
($16.99, Forever 21)

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

Jessica Buurman “ALFRED” Zip Fastening Pockets Details Shoulder Bag

Update (09/15/2013): After more than 3 years, I found this almost identical Alexander Wang Donna look-a-like bag at Jessica Buurman in real leather for $119.

Jessica Buurman "ALFRED" Zip Fastening Pockets Details Shoulder Bag in black (Alexander Wang Donna knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “ALFRED” Zip Fastening Pockets Details Shoulder Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

Urban Expressions Slater Knotted Messenger

If the price tag is just a little too much for you to get your Wang on, then this Urban Expressions messenger bag is your next best bet. Both versions share the same shape, silver hardware, a center zipper, knotted shoulder and front camera-style pockets. If you buy it, we might just be twins, but the identical kind.

Urban Expressions Slater Knotted Messenger Bag in black (Alexander Wang Donna knockoff)

Urban Expressions Slater Knotted Messenger
($65.95, Nordstrom Rack)

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Update: This post has been updated on October 21, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

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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Natasha Couture “Caviar Crystal” Minaudière Box Clutch

Update (10/21/2014): Stumbled upon another great Alexander McQueen box clutch alternative (unfortunately not available in red though). By Natasha Couture. Available in bue, black and champagne.

Natasha Couture "Caviar Crystal" Minaudière Box Clutch in blue, black and ivory satin (Alexander McQueen knockoff)

Natasha Couture “Caviar Crystal” Minaudière Box Clutchls
($98, Nordstrom)

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 Clutchcj
($34.94, eBags)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

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Who could not love Nikki Reed‘s outfit here? A cool leather jacket, red lips and matching heels, a striped shirt paired with skinny jeans and big black shades – isn’t that a look pretty much every woman would approve (and one that would make almost every woman look good in)? It’s equally cool and casual, but also dressed up thanks to the heels and red lips and a little badass, too. Below is our budget-friendly take on Nikki Reed’s fabulous outfit. Do you like it?

Nikki Reed’s Cool Leather Jacket & Red Suede Heels Look 4 Less

Celebrity Look 4 Less - Nikki Reed's All Saints Leather Jacket & Red Manolos

Go Shopping:

Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who?Nikki Reed
Where?Out & About in Los Angeles, California
When?September 10, 2014
What?All Saints Conroy Leather Biker Jacket ($650), Blank Denim Two Tone Skinny Jeanscj ($98), Manolo Blahnik BB Suede 105mm Pumpsls ($595)

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Copycat Math – Chanel + Céline = Ash

by Irina on October 14, 2014

Copycat Math - Chanel Boy Chain + Céline Trio Bag = Ash Domino

Go Shopping:

P.S.: The Ash “Domino” Chain Cross Body Bag can also be purchased at Bloomingdale’sls.

Image source(s): Chanel, Céline, Shopbop, Ash

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