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I am usually not too fond of Louis Vuitton bags. I especially dislike their monogrammed range because I just don’t see the appeal of having a brand’s logos plastered all over my bag looking like a tacky advertisement. However, Sofia Coppola designed a bag for Louis Vuitton that got me obsessed! The SC bag is pure and simple elegance; I absolutely adore the minimalistic design and the no-fuss attitude it exudes. It’s such a beautiful bag in such a beautiful color! But, oh boy, is this bag expensive! $4.650? Like seriously, Louis Vuitton?

Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag in burgundy

Louis Vuitton SC Satchel Bag
($4.650, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal.

Celebrities Love Louis Vuitton

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Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel

Update (04/11/2017): Discovered these fabulous and spot-on Louis Vuitton SC dupes by Urban Expressions today which come in various colors made of faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $45. Super steal deal alert!

Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel in black and red (Louis Vuitton SC dupes)

Urban Expressions Vegan Leather Satchel
($44.97, Nordstrom Rack)

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Bag

Update (05/09/2015): If you’re looking for a really high-quality Louis Vuitton SC alternative then A.L.C.‘s “Lucas” duffel satchel might be a good fit. The design is very similar to LV’s SC bag and I bet the craftmanship is superb, too, but you’d have to spend $895 on this beauty. Which, however, is still only about 1/5 of the LV SC bag’s price, so it’s a great deal overall.

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Satchel Bag in black and off-white (Louis Vuitton SC knockoffs)

A.L.C. Small Lucas Duffel Bagls
($895, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve.

Mango “Carin” Leather Tote Bag

Update (03/31/2015): OH-EM-GEE! Now look at this perfect looking Louis Vuitton SC bag dupe by Mango! So gorgeous, right? I love that this one’s made of real leather. Makes it look so much more luxurious, don’t you agree?

Mango "Carin" Leather Tote Bag in black (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Mango “Carin” Leather Tote Bag
($169.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Mango Zip Tote Bag

Update (12/29/2014): Discovered another fab Louis Vuitton SC look-a-like bag at Mango today. Currently on sale for $69.99!

Mango Elisa Zip Tote Bag in black (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Mango Zip Tote Bagcj
($69.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Fineplus Boston Tote Bag

Update (01/25/2014): Accidentally happened to stumble upon this lovely LV SC bag dupe by Fineplus today! I loooove the steal price of $79.35 considering how luxe this bag looks (plus, it’s real leather)!

Fineplus Boston Tote Bag in wine red (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Fineplus Boston Tote Bagamazon
($79.35, Amazon)

Charles Jourdan “Sierra” Satchel Bag

Update (07/09/2013): Although not available in the burgundy color, this satchel bag by Charles Jourdan would still make a great Louis Vuitton SC alternative because the shape and overall design is very reminiscent of LV’s SC bag.

Charles Jourdan "Sierra" Satchel Bag in tan (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

Charles Jourdan “Sierra” Satchel Baglsn
($245, Last Call by Neiman Marcus)

BagInc “Eleonora” Leather Satchel Bag

Update (01/10/2013): Stumbled upon a real leather LV SC bag look-a-like at BagInc for under $80! Available in red, black and white cowhide leather. Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

BagInc "Eleonora" Leather Satchel Bag in burgundy red (Louis Vuitton SC knockoff)

BagInc “Eleonora” Leather Satchel Bag
($79, BagInc)

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel

If you’re looking for a simple but beautiful bag in the style of LV’s SC bag, then this bag by Handbag Heaven might be for you. The “Britta” satchel is a lovely and budget-friendly alternative to the Lous Vuitton Sofia Coppola bag for under $50. The color is a bit lighter and brighter, but otherwise it’s practically identical. Other available color options include brown and black.

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel in wine red (Louis Vuitton SC Sofia Coppola bag knockoff)

Handbag Heaven Britta Barrel Satchel
($49.26, Nordstrom Rack)

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bag

Alloy also has a great Louis Vuitton SC bag look-a-like for a very affordable $44.90. The only available color is camel though.

Alloy "Alyse" Duffel Bag in cognac (Louis Vuitton SC bag knockoff)

Alloy “Alyse” Duffel Bagamazon
($44.90, Amazon)

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A crossbody bag in a handy size and neutral color is one of the best fashion investments you can make. Speaking from personal experience I can say that I get the most use out of my black crossbody bags because they’re so absolutely practical for running daily errands. Valentino‘s “Rock Lock” is a paramount example for such a versatile and stylish bag and I’d love to own it since I’m a big fan of Valentino’s stud adorned bags, but spending two grands on such a small bag? My budget can’t really take that kind of a dent I’m afraid.

Valentino Rock Lock Cross Body Bag in black

Valentino Glam Lock Small Leather Shoulder Bagls
($2.145, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Neiman Marcusls, Barneysls & MyTheresa.

Cameron Diaz Loves Valentino

Cameron Diaz carrying a black Valentino Rock Lock Cross Body Bag

Giulia Massari “Cindy” Studded Leather Crossbody

Update (04/11/2017): Just spotted these fabulous and budget-friendly, Valentino inspired crossbody bags by Giulia Massari which come in various colors and cost $64.97.

Giulia Massari "Cindy" Studded Leather Crossbody Bag in pink, black, turquoise (Valentino Rock Lock dupes)

Giulia Massari Studded Leather Crossbody
($64.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag

Update (06/03/2016): Just spotted these spot-on and super budget-friendly Valentino Rock Lock bag dupes by Youshine which come in either black, blue or silver faux leather and cost under $30. Steal deal alert!

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag in black and silver (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Youshine Studded Push Lock Crossbody Bag
($25.90, YesStyle)

Jessica Buurman “OCVRAN” Studded Details Bag

Update (01/06/2014): Discovered these yummy colored Valentino bag dupes at Jessica Buurman today. So in love with the yellow version!

Jessica Buurman "OCVRAN" Studded Details Bag in pink and yellow (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “OCVRAN” Studded Details Bag
($89, Jessica Buurman)

Boohoo “Luisa” Stud Panel Shoulder Bag

Update (01/06/2014): Here’s another set of Valentino inspired baggies which you can buy from Boohoo. Available in red, yellow and orange.

Boohoo "Luisa" Stud Panel Shoulder Bag in red and yellow (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Boohoo “Luisa” Stud Panel Shoulder Bag
($24, Boohoo)

P.S.: Also available at Boohoo (EU + International).

JustFab “Narrative” Studded Front Flap Satchel

Update (01/04/2014): Stumbled upon this gorgeous and budget-friendly Valentino bag look-a-like at JustFab today and had to share it with you! Available in either black or blush faux leather. FYI: You have to be registered (it’s free!) to browse the JustFab shop.

JustFab "Narrative" Studded Front Flap Satchel in black (Valentino Glam Lock knockoff)

JustFab “Narrative” Studded Front Flap Satchelcj
($39.95-$49, JustFab)

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag

Luckily, you don’t have to be a big spender to get the enviable Valentino look thanks to Forever 21 and their pretty much identical budget version of the “Rock Lock” bag which is refreshingly light on the wallet with its $27.80 price tag! Now that’s an awesome find, right? Get yours before it sells out.

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag in black (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag
($27.80, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag

And because we’re speaking about Forever 21, here’s another Valentino Rock Lock look-a-like for a little bit less than the first one. Also available in white faux leather.

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag in black (Valentino Rock Lock knockoff)

Forever 21 Studded Chain Strap Crossbody Bag
($24.80, Forever 21)

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Shoes will always be my first love, but occasionally I will stray a little and fall for a nice handbag. Such as this absolutely gorgeous statement clutch by Clare V.! I love the boldness of the leopard print and, as you can see from the picture below, you can either let the bag stand out by itself or pair it with other statement pieces to achieve a more dramatic look. At $275, it’s not a super expensive splurge, but it ain’t exactly budget-friendly either.

Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch

Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch
($275, Clare V.)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Shopbopls, Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls & Revolve.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Style bloggers such as Rachel from Pink Peonies has been spotted wearing Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch various times on her blog.

Rachel (Pink Peonies) carrying a Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Leopard Print Fold Over Clutch

Outfit pictures via Pink Peonies.

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Check out this cute cheetah print clutch by RDBStyle which is a nice and budget-friendly alternative to the pricey Clare V. fold-over clutch.

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch (Clare V. dupe)

RDBStyle Concrete Jungle Cheetah Print Clutch
($36, Red Dress Boutique)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Ravello” Fold Over Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Also discovered this cheetah print foldover clutch at Banana Republic which is quite similar to the Clare V. version above, look- and, unfortunately, also price-wise.

Banana Republic x August Handbags "Ravello" Fold Over Clutch (Clare V. inspired)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Ravello” Fold Over Clutch
($248, Banana Republic)

Tony Bianco “Malibu” Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch

While browsing through Tony Bianco‘s new arrivals recently, I discovered this pony hair fold over clutch and had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t looking at the Clare V. original. Sure, TB’s “Malibu” clutch isn’t that much cheaper than the real deal, but it’s still about $115 less and if you live in Australia it’s definitely more convenient to buy this one than order the original from overseas.

Tony Bianco "Malibu" Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch (Clare V Supreme knockoff)

Tony Bianco “Malibu” Cheetah Print Pony Hair Fold Over Clutch
($159.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Pink Peonies, Banana Republic, Tony Bianco

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I feel like I’ve been waiting ages to finally be able to feature this gorgeous leopard calf hair clutch by Clare V. which has been on my “Real vs. Steal“-radar for the longest of times. Even though this zippered clutch has been quite the hit among personal style bloggers, fashion insiders and IGers all over the world, no one seemed to bother coming up with a decent dupe for this coveted animal print clutch which, by the way, retails for $245. When it comes to statement bags I, as a deeply loyal shoes girl, will almost always opt for the cheaper, look-for-less route because I am way too lazy to switch up my bag game on a day-to-day basis. That’s why the handful of bags that I do own hardly ever get as much exposure as they deserve and mostly live in the shadow stashed away in a dark corner of my closet. And even though I’m really loving this particular statement clutch (never ever getting tired of leopard print) and don’t think $245 is an astronomically high price for this wild-looking beauty of a bag, I think I’d prefer not to spend hundreds of dollars on a clutch that might not get me a satisfying cost-per-wear ratio eventually.

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutchls
($245, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Clare V., Amazonamazon & Revolve.

Style Bloggers Love Clare V.

Personal style bloggers such as Kat Tanita (With Love from Kat), Jessica Sturdy (Bows & Sequins), Amy Jackson (Fashion Jackson) and Lauren Slade (Style Elixir) have all been spotted wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch.

Personal style bloggers wearing a Clare V. Leopard Flat Haircalf Clutch

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Banana Republic x August Handbags “Portofino” Cheetah Print Clutch

Update (04/11/2017): Spotted another animal print clutch alternative today! You can buy it for $198 at Banana Republic which is admittedly only slightly cheaper than the real deal, but you might prefer the pattern on this one or just wait until this clutch goes to sale later on in the season. By the way, a smaller version for $78 is available here.

Banana Republic x August Handbags "Portofino" Cheetah Print Clutch (Clare V. inspired)

Banana Republic x August Handbags “Portofino” Cheetah Print Clutch
($198, Banana Republic)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch

And now we’re talking again! The fashion gods seem to have heard my (our?) prayers and so BP. came up with a fabulous leopard print clutch that’s super close to the Clare V. version. Same design, same animal print and same size! What I also really love about this bag – apart from its obvious dupe potential, of course – is that it is made of genuine calf hair just like the real deal, but it’s only $45 instead of $245. Major steal deal alert! Yes, the leopard print calf hair portion is restricted to the front side of the bag only, but that’s totally fine with me. So what are you waiting for? Your next budget-friendly statement clutch buy is ready to ship!

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouch (Clare V. Flat Clutch dupe)

BP. Leopard Print Genuine Calf Hair Pouchls
($45, Nordstrom)

Image source(s): Shopbop, With Love from Kat, Bows & Sequins, Fashion Jackson, Style Elixir, Banana Republic, Nordstrom

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Now that Christmas is only 2 days away I know you’re probably super busy shopping for last minute gifts (guilty as charged!), wrapping presents and finalizing your Christmas menu, but there’s always some time to appreciate a beautiful shoe, right? This red suede fringed block-heel beauty by Aquazzura might look familiar as we’ve featured its 4″ stiletto heel sibling in a previous Real vs. Steal post. But as much as we love a sky-high stiletto high-heel shoe, even the comfiest of them still isn’t comfy. Wearing high heels is painful, often exhausting, sometimes even downright dangerous (hello, cobblestone pavement!), so I’m super happy to see mid-heeled block-heels taking the wheel in the footwear trend scene right now. Because happy feet = happy me! And these Aquazzura sandals are a prime example that show that block-heeled shoes can look just as sexy and beautiful as their high-heeled counterparts. Too bad these beauties cost a whopping $785 though! Luckily, we’ve found a few budget-friendly alternatives that will give you the designer look for a fraction of the price.

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandals in red suede

Aquazzura Wild Thing Fringe Block-Heel City Sandalsls
($785, Neiman Marcus)

Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Shopbopls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Selfridges, Luisaviaroma & Lane Crawfordls.

Sole Society “Sera” Fringe Strap Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Spotted these amazingly similar fringe block heel sandals at Sole Society which look just like the real deal, but cost only a fraction of the price. Available for $89.95 in red, taupe or blue suede.

Sole Society "Sera" Fringe Strap Heeled Suede Sandals (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Sole Society “Sera” Fringe Strap Heeled Sandalsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Also available at Sole Society & QVCcjcj.

JustFab “Jean” Fringe Block Heeled Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Also discovered these budget-friendly Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes at JustFab. They come in 4 colors (taupe, red, black and yellow) and can be yours for as low as $9.99 (first item purchase for JustFab members). Stea deal alert!

JustFab "Jean" Fringe Block Heeled Sandals in red and yellow faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

JustFab “Jean” Fringe Block Heeled Sandals
($9.99, JustFab)

BP. “Karla” Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals

Update (04/03/2017): Another great Aquazzura alternative are these block heel sandals by BP. which are made of genuine leather and retail for $59.95. They miss the fringe detail on the front strap, but the overall design is still quite similar to the designer version above. Available in blush, blue and black suede.

BP. "Karla" Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandals in blush and blue (Aquazzura Wild Thing City inspired)

BP. “Karla” Block Heel Ankle Wrap Sandalsls
($59.95, Nordstrom)

Spurr “Aisha” Fringe Block Heels

Update (01/28/2017): Stumbled upon another lovely Aquazzura Wild Thing City alternative today! “Aisha” by Spurr looks a lot like the real deal, comes in 3 colors (coral, black and pink blush microsuede) and costs $41.97 AUD!

Spurr "Aisha" Fringe Block Heels in coral and blush pink micro suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Spurr “Aisha” Fringe Block Heels
($41.97 AUD, The Iconic)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals

May I introduce you to “Saige” by Athena Alexander? A gorgeous and spot-on Aquazurra Wild Thing City dupe available in either red, grey or black faux suede for $97.95. No need to spend $800 if you can have the exact same designer look for under $100, right?

Athena Alexander "Saige" Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandals in red faux suede (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Athena Alexander “Saige” Fringed Ankle Wrap Sandalsamazon
($97.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Zappos, 6pm & DSW.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals

My favorite Aquazzura Wild Thing alternative however is this one by Kaitlyn Pan. Why? Well, first off: it’s just as spot-on as the Athena Alexander version, but it is made of genuine suede and also costs $13 less ($84.99). Plus, the available colors (red, blue = my fave, tan and black) are absolutely gorgeous, too.

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandals in red (Aquazzura Wild Thing City dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Fringed Suede Lace-Up Tassel Block Heel Sandalsamazon
($84.99, Amazon)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Sole Society, JustFab, Nordstrom, The Iconic, Amazon

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