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Real vs. Steal – Chanel Classic Flap Bag

by Irina on February 27, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on February 27, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

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, Bluefly & Shopbop.

Gabriella Rocha “Arrosa” Quilted Shoulder Purse

Update (02/27/2016): Just spotted this lovely Chanel look-alike bag by Gabriella Rocha in salmon pink which is currently on sale for a steal-worthy $29.99 and would be a perfect addition to your Spring wardrobe.

Gabriella Rocha "Arrosa" Quilted Shoulder Purse in blush coral (Chanel dupe)

Gabriella Rocha “Arrosa” Quilted Shoulder Purseamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm.

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 Clutch
($16.50, DSW)

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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Two more weeks until Valentine’s Day and while I’m not particularly excited about V-Day itself (all the single ladies!), I do like any opportunity that allows me to dress up and act all flirty about it. When dressing up, my personal motto is: “Drama, drama, drama!”, that’s why this black off-the-shoulder midi dress by Bardot with its body-con silhouette and the dramatic bell sleeves instantly caught my attention. I immediately started styling this LBD in my head and style-wise it felt like my mind ran in 100 different directions. There are a lot of ways to style this versatile dress and I decided to pick three for you to show: bold, romantic and just plain cute. So if you need some outfit inspiration for your own Valentine’s Day attire, feel free to check out my V-Day look suggestions and let me know whether you like them or not.

Look #1 – Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Wear It: Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

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Look #2 – Romantic in Lace & Burgundy

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Romantic Lace & Burgundy Red

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Look #3 – Cheeky Cute

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Cheeky Cute

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Image source(s): Revolve, Amazon, Aldo, BaubleBar, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Eve’s Addiction, Steve Madden, Zappos, Etsy, Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s, Aldo

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Mary Seng from Happily Grey is one of my absolute favorite personal style bloggers at the moment. I love scrolling through her Instagram feed; she has such a great taste in clothes and I adore her sense of style which is modern yet feminine and elegant yet also bold and fearless. To me it feels like Mary isn’t afraid of playing with fashion and taking risks while at the same time still maintaining her unique style and genuineness. One of her recent looks particularly caught my attention; Mary wore a white oversized chunky knit sweater with a beautiful forest green wool skirt which she then paired with a timeless black quilted Chanel bag. I loved this outfit so much that I just had to recreate it on a more accessible level with budget-friendly options. Let me know what you think of my white and green blogger winter look for less.

Get Happily Grey’s White & Green Winter Look

Get The Look - Happily Grey's White Chunky Knit & Green Wool Skirt

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Image source(s): @happilygrey/Instagram, Dillard’s, Amazon, Public Desire, Revolve

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Christmas is right around the corner and today I was in such a festive mood that I decided to create a wintery budget look to honor the coldest of seasons. But it wasn’t until I was finished and very proud of my creation that I noticed this black-white-blush winter outfit might not be exactly weatherproof for colder climates (hello, backless loafers and sheer mesh body!). So instead of ditching the whole look and starting all over again, I simply decided to rename the outfit theme from “Winter Wonderland” to “Californian Winter Wonderland”. Pure genius, I know. But anyways: Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you will be able to enjoy a relaxed and joyful Christmas with all your loved ones! And now step away from your computer and treat yourself to a Christmas cookie or two.

Budget Look - Californian Winter Wonderland in black, white and rose pink

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Image source(s): Mango, Topshop, Amazon, Minusey, Humble Chic, BagInc, BaubleBar

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Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch in black

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch
($1.395, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls & Farfetchls.

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Express Studded Border Clutch

Update (09/18/2016): Found another great Valentino Rockstud inspired clutch bag today! It’s available at Express, comes in black and costs $39.90.

Express Studded Border Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Express Studded Border Clutch
($39.90, Express)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap

Update (09/09/2016): Just spotted this lovely Valentino Rockstud dupe clutch at Forever 21 in white which is on final sale for $10. Super steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap in white (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap
($10, Forever 21)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch

Update (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Sarita" Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch in black and turquoise (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
($29.97, Nordstrom Rack)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch

Update (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large "Selma" Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutchls
(108, Neiman Marcus)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch

Update (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20!

Stylistpick "Alessia" Multi Stud Clutch in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutchamazon
(£20, Amazon.co.uk)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch

Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
($11.95, GoJane)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag

Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag in black and taupe (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
(€49.90, Buffalo)

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