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Real vs. Steal – Céline Classic Box Bag

by Irina on April 1, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on April 1, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I swear Céline makes the most lustworthy bags on the planet. And this Classic Box Bag rocketed to being no. 1 on my personal wish list. For the last 2 years, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect medium sized satchel bag in a classic shape and as soon as I laid my eyes on this particular Céline bag I knew it was “The One“. Then I cried out in utter desperation; $3,400 for this small boxy bag? With all due respect to Phoebe Philo and her incredible talent to create the most coveted bags worlwide, this price is absolutely outrageous and unjustifiable! When did designer fashion get so overly expensive anyway? It’s a worrying development in fashion I noticed over the last few years. But I digress…

Céline Medium Classic Box Bag in brown

Céline Classic Box Bag
($3.400, Vestiaire Collective)

Also available at The RealReal & Overstock.

Fashion Insiders & Celebrities Love Céline

Fashion Insiders carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

Alessandra Ambrosio, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Walsh and Michelle Williams carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

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Be My Bags “Dalliance” Flap Box Bag

Update (04/01/2017): Discovered another fabulous Céline Box look-alike at Be My Bags which is available in either red, beige, burgundy, tan and black leather for $113 (or $150 CAD). Use our exclusive promo code “IN_THEIR_CLOSET” to receive 5% off your order at Be My Bags!

Be My Bags "Dalliance" Flap Box Bag (Céline Box dupes)

Be My Bags “Dalliance” Flap Box Bag
($113, Be My Bags)

LUXchic Classic Box Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Another Céline Box alternative! Check out these fabulous genuine leather bags by LUXchic. They cost $129.80 and come in 23 (!) colors. So lovely!

LUXchic Classic Box Bag in brown and black (Céline Box dupes)

LUXchic Classic Box Bagamazon
($129.80, Amazon)

BagInc “Martha” Medium Classic Leather Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another Céline Box Bag dupe today! This time at BagInc. They have 16 variations of their “Martha” bag in various colors and uppers with prices ranging from $105 to $109. Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase (free shipping on orders $99+).

BagInc "Martha" Medium Classic Leather Bag (Céline Box knockoffs)

BagInc “Martha” Medium Classic Leather Bag
($109, BagInc)

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (08/26/2015): May I present you: Forever 21‘s third attempt at recreating Céline’s Box Bag, this time a more spot-on version.

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black (Céline Box knockoff)

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag

Update (06/11/2015): And here’s another Céline Box inspired bag by Forever 21.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag (Céline Box knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

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

Choies Lock Across Body Box Bag

Update (05/05/2015): Spotted these spot-on Céline Box bag dupes at Choies today. They’re available in either black, white, cobalt blue, burgundy, camel and grey faux leather for a steal price of $39.99!

Choies Lock Across Box Bag (Céline knockoffs)

Choies Lock Across Body Box Bag
($39.99, Choies)

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag

Update (04/16/2015): Discovered the most spot-on Céline Box bag dupe today! Check out this genuine leather box bag by Lush which is currently on sale for $99.99.

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag in black (Céline Box knockoff)

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bagamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

Mango “Sasha” Flap Cross-Body Bag

Update (02/16/2015): Discovered this little Céline inspired box bag at Mango today.

Mango "Sasha" Flap Cross-Body Bag in navy (Céline Box knockoff)

Mango “Sasha” Flap Cross-Body Bag
($59.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag

Update (08/21/2014): Check out these cute Céline inspired box bags which I have just discovered at Forever 21. So lovely, aren’t they? I’m especially loving the pink one.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag in pink, cognac and black (Céline knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag
($14.99, Forever 21)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag

Update (05/31/2013): Found another great Céline Box Bag alternative in this lovely bag from Jessica Buurman. Made of genuine leather and also available in 12 (!) other beautiful colors. Love! Use promo code “XOXOJESS” to get 10% off your order at Jessica Buurman.

Jessica Buurman "SOAN" Push Lock Bag in navy blue (Céline Box look-a-like)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag

Update (04/03/2013): Just stumbled upon this lovely Céline look-a-like bag by Romwe. Only $60.99 and made of real leather.

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag in tan (Céline Classic Box look-a-like)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag
($60.99, Romwe)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bag

Update (09/10/2012): Found a super fabulous Céline bag look-a-like by Urban Expressions today. $29.95 only and available in fuchsia (love!), black and beige.

Urban Expressions "Catherine" Crossbody Bag in fuchsia, black and beige (Céline Classic Box bag knockoff)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bag
($29.95, Nordstrom Rack)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel

In terms of quality and longevity these Céline bag look-a-likes by GoJane are nowhere near a close match, but they’ll give you the same coveted look of simplified elegance and, most importantly, these satchels are actually attainable for the masses by costing less than 1% (imagine that!) of the original. Now if that ain’t something to think about. Looking at the stated bag dimensions on the website I assume the GoJane bags come in the mini size rather than the medium size, but at $30 a pop I’ll take one in every color anyway.

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel (Céline Classic Box Bag knockoff)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel
($37.10, GoJane)

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Update: This post has been updated on April 18, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’m a big fan of Stella McCartney! Very much like with Prada and Miu Miu I might not approve of EVERYTHING that is shown on the runways, but when I find myself liking something from these designers chances are high I really, really LOVE it. Case in point: Stella’s “Maia” cork wedge from last year. Despite the remote resemblance of Birkenstock shoes I am still highly attracted to this wedge. Also, how genius is the pink lining? It’s small details like these that can turn a good shoe into a truly great one. What’s not so great about it? Oh yeah, I forgot… the steep price of $735 for example. Also the fact that it’s sold out.

Stella McCartney Maia Cork Platform Wedges in natural

Stella McCartney Maia Cork Platform Wedgesls
($735, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Michelle Williams and Emily Deschanel wearing Stella McCartney Maia Cork Platform Wedges

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ASOS “Hitch” Cork Wedge Sandals

Update (04/18/2012): Just stumbled upon another great bunch of Stella McCartney cork wegde look-a-likes by ASOS.

ASOS "Hitch" Cork Wedge Sandals (Stella McCartney Maia knockoffs)

ASOS “Hitch” Cork Wedge Sandals
($33.42, ASOS)

Dune “Nina D” Cork Wedge Sandals

Update (05/20/2011): And here’s another fabulous Stella McCartney look-a-like by Dune for all the UK/European Maia fans. Bonus: everything on their site is on sale right now! These cork wedges here would normally cost £75, but are currently down to £60. Not sure when this promo ends though, so you better order fast if you want to take advantage of this sweet deal.

Dune "Nina D" Cork Wedge Sandals in taupe (Stella McCartney Maia knockoffs)

Dune “Nina D” Cork Wedge Sandals
(£60, Dune)

Jean-Michel Cazabat Paloma Wedge Espadrilles

Update (04/07/2011): Found a second though pretty steep Stella McCartney alternative by Jean-Michel Cazabat.

Jean-Michel Cazabat Paloma Wedge Espadrilles in brown (Stella McCartney knockoffs)

Jean-Michel Cazabat Paloma Wedge Espadrillesamazon
($240, Amazon)

BCBGeneration “Crespo” Wedge Sandals

Thanks to BCBGeneration, we can now rock our own Stella McCartney wedges for a fraction of the price. Their “Crespo” wedge sandal is an almost identical copy of the “Maia” even though I wish it had the same hot pink lining as the original. But at $69.95 I am not one to complain. Available in gold, stone, black/white and light peach (shown below).

BCBGeneration "Crespo" Wedge Sandals in light peach (Stella McCartney Maia knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Crespo” Wedge Sandalsamazon
($69.95, Amazon)

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Real vs. Steal – Erdem Margot Lace Dress

by Erica on July 23, 2011

Update: This post has been updated on July 23, 2011. Scroll down to see the new adds.

There is nothing more romantic than lace! Especially red lace to vamp up the sexiness! Alexa Chung looks stunning in this Erdem Margot Lace dress and I honestly don’t think anyone can work it the way she did on the Net-A-Porter Spring Issue. I also love how Michelle Williams paired the dress with an animal print pump to give some good contrast! Yet, priced at $3.360 this might break the bank for some (well, probably most) of us, so below is a good alternative!

Erdem Margot Lace Dress in red

Erdem Margot Lace Dressls
($3.360, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities Love Erdem

Michelle Williams & Alexa Chung wearing a red Erdem Margot Lace Dress

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Oasis Cap Sleeve Lace Dress

UPDATE (07/23/2011): Just look at this stunningly similar Erdem alternative by Oasis. Love this dress!

Oasis Fleur Embroidered 60s Dress in red (Erdem Margot knockoff)

Oasis Cap Sleeve Lace Dress
($109.77, ASOS)

French Connection “Fast Anna” Lace Dress

UPDATE (07/23/2011): Found another great though not exactly cheap Erdem Margot look-a-like by French Connection (as seen on Rachel Bilson). Available in red or turquoise.

French Connection "Fast Anna" Lace Dress in red (Erdem Margot knockoff)

French Connection “Fast Anna” Lace Dressls
($179.99, French Connection)

Dorothy Perkins Red Lace Babydoll Dress

UPDATE (05/10/2011): Just came across another pretty Erdem alternative for a fraction of the price by Dorothy Perkins. Yay!

Dorothy Perkins Red Lace Babydoll Dress (Erdem Margot knockoff)

Dorothy Perkins Red Lace Babydoll Dressls
($42, Dorothy Perkins)

Topshop Red 3/4 Sleeve Lace Dress

Topshop always has great dresses and I especially love this 3/4 length sleeve lace dress! Loving the price as well! Only $96! The lace isn’t as pretty as the Erdem dress, but I think it’s still a great look. I hope you will enjoy!

Topshop Red 3/4 Sleeve Lace Dress (Erdem Margot knockoff)

Topshop Red 3/4 Sleeve Lace Dressls
($96, Topshop)

P.S.: Also available at Topshop (UK).

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