Crossbody

Gucci‘s Soho bag pictured below is a chic and classic crossbody and as far as branding goes rather subtle with its embossed iconic GG logo emblem, at least for being Gucci after all. But if you’d ask whether I think these stitched on double GGs are worth the multiple hundred dollar markup that puts this bag near 4 digit price territory? Not really. And while I’ve declared my love for Valentino many times over, especially when it’s something from their famed “Rockstud” collection, I am not a millionaire and have quite a few monthly bills to pay, so there’s no way I could possibly justify spending almost 2k on one bag. Luckily though you can get the best of both worlds, Gucci and Valentino, for (much, much) less – on sale even! – by opting for Kate Spade‘s fabulous Tinley bag which looks like a very pretty mashup of Gucci’s Soho and Valentino’s Rockstud Rolling crossbody. Tinley originally retailed for $278, but is now on sale for $181 which would save you $669 on the Gucci bag and $1.564 on the Valentino one. A total of $2.414 saved if you decide to go for the look for less version instead of buying the two designer bags.

Copycat Math - Gucci Soho + Valentino Rockstud Rolling = Kate Spade New York Tinley Studded Tassel Round Crossbody Bag

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Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Farfetch, Revolve

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Real vs. Steal – Céline Trio Crossbody Bag

by Irina on November 12, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on November 12, 2017. 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 Crossbody Bag in red

Céline Trio Crossbody Bag
(~$1.500, The RealReal)

Also available at Vestiaire Collective, Fashionphile & eBayeBay.

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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Mossimo Supply Co. Triple-compartment Crossbody Handbag

Update (11/12/2017): Happened to come across another set of fab and very affordable Céline Trio inspired crossbody bags! These are by Mossimo Supply Co. and can be bought for $22.99 at Target.

Mossimo Supply Co. Triple-compartment Crossbody Handbag in black and tan (Céline Trio dupes)

Mossimo Supply Co. Triple-compartment Crossbody Handbag
($22.99, Target)

BagInc “Geri” Small Three Layer Leather Shoulder Bag

Update (06/22/2016): Just spotted a set of fantastic Céline Trio dupe bags at BagInc. They come in either black, wine red, baby blue, orange, rose pink and beige leather and cost $89. Make sure to use promo code “SPRINGBAG” at checkout to receive 15% off your order at BagInc!

BagInc "Geri" Small Three Layer Leather Shoulder Bag in black and wine red (Céline Trio knockoffs)

BagInc “Geri” Small Three Layer Leather Shoulder Bag
($89, BagInc)

Mango “Cecile” Cross-Body Triple Bag

Update (02/16/2015): Discovered yet another Céline Trio bag look-a-like at Mango. This time, it’s available in red, black and white and costs $23.99!

Mango "Cecile" Cross-Body Triple Bag in red (Céline Trio knockoff)

Mango “Cecile” Cross-Body Triple Bag
($23.99, Mango)

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

Chicnova Relaxed Style Three Layers Shoulder Bag

Update (02/16/2015): Another budget-friendly and very similar Céline Trio bag look-a-like is available at Chicnova for under $20 in either black, tan or yellow.

Chicnova Relaxed Style Three Layers Shoulder Bag in black (Céline Trio knockoff)

Chicnova Relaxed Style Three Layers Shoulder Bag
($18.24, YesStyle)

Mango “Banana” Cross-Body Triple Bag

Update (12/27/2014): Stumbled upon this Céline Trio bag look-a-like at Mango today. So fab, right?

Mango Banana Cross-Body Triple Bag in black (Céline Trio knockoff)

Mango “Banana” Cross-Body Triple Bag
($59.99, Mango)

Forever 21 Detachable Crossbody Bag

Update (11/10/2014): Forever 21 decided to have a second go with this Céline Trio dupe. This time, the pockets are detachable as on the real deal. Available in either black, white or blue faux leather! LOVE this Céline Trio dupe!

Forever 21 Detachable Crossbody Bag in black and blue (Céline Trio knockoff)

Forever 21 Detachable Crossbody Bag
($14.99, Forever 21)

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

Old Navy Crossbody Bag

Update (08/25/2014): Spotted these fabulous Céline Trio alternatives at Old Navy today. This Céline Trio look-alike only has two instead of three compartments, but who cares when it’s only $24.99? I especially love that the bag comes in a beautiful cobalt blue. Soooo pretty! Also available in red, black and dark brown faux leather as well as various metallic, printed and faux suede versions.

Old Navy Crossbody Bag in blue, red and black faux leather (Céline Trio knockoffs)

Old Navy Crossbody Bag
($24.99, Old Navy)

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 $14.99 only (sale price)!

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

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bag
($14.99, Forever 21)

Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK) & 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 $24.99! 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 Bag
($24.99, 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. $160 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 huels! 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 Bagamazon
($159.99, Amazon)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls & Michael Kors.

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 Bagls
($320, Shopbop)

Also available at Revolve & Bloomingdale’s.

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Update: This post has been updated on September 22, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

I admit I wasn’t too familiar with Barcelona-based bag brand M2Malletier before writing this post, but when I read up the brand’s history, it instantly reminded me of Mansur Gavriel because both brands were founded in 2012 by a female design duo (in this case Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez) and both brands are best known for their minimalistic designs. Recognizing an M2Malletier bag shouldn’t be too hard as they all have that signature metal bar top handle the brand is so famous for. M2Malletier key design elements include rectangular shapes and clean lines which supposedly is due to the dominant influence of architecture, the most important source of inspiration for the designer duo. And even though M2Malletier bags aren’t quite as hyped as Mansur Gavriel’s, it’s still quite hard to get your hands on the best-selling designs such as this handmade “Fleur Du Mal” shoulder bag. The price of $1.560 isn’t really helping either, of course.

M2Malletier La Fleur Du Mal Shoulder Bag in black and gold

M2Malletier La Fleur Du Mal Shoulder Bagls
($1.560, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Moda Operandi, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, Selfridges, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love M2Malletier

Celebs like Kate Hudson and Kate Bosworth and style bloggers such as Louise Hay (LouHayHay) and Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific) have all been spotted carrying a M2Malletier La Fleur Du Mal Shoulder Bag.

Kate Hudson, Kate Bosworth, Louise (LouHayHay) & Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific) carrying a M2Malletier La Fleur Du Mal Shoulder Bag

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Mango “Barna” Metallic Handle Clutch

Update (09/22/2017): Spotted this cute metallic handle velvet clutch bag at Mango today and thought it’d be a suitable alternative if you’re still looking to get that avantgarde look of M2Malletier’s La Fleur Du Mal bag. Price: $29.99.

Mango "Barna" Metallic Handle Clutch in black velvet (M2Malletier Annabelle inspired)

Mango “Barna” Metallic Handle Clutch
($29.99, Mango)

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

BagInc “Norma” Clutch Bag

Update (01/22/2016): If you want a high-quality dupe made of genuine leather, BagInc is the way to go. Their “Norma” bag is available in both red and black leather for $99. Make sure to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase (free shipping on orders of $99+)!

BagInc "Norma" Clutch Bag in black and red (M2Malletier La Fleur dupe)

BagInc “Norma” Clutch Bag
($99, BagInc)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody

I didn’t really expect Forever 21 to come out with an M2Malletier dupe anytime soon as I assumed the metal bar top handle detail would be way too costly to produce to fit into the brand’s narrow price range. Apparently, I was wrong. Because just look at this budget-friendly beauty of a bag! A spot-on “Fleur Du Mal” dupe for under $25! A quick reminder: the real deal comes in at $1.560. Now that’s what I call a steal deal!

Forever 21 Metal Bar Top Handle Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and gold (M2Malletier Fleur Du Mal dupe)

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

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Chloé sure knows how to fire up a bag lover’s heart. First we had the “Faye“, then came the “Drew” and in 2017 we have the “Nile” which I am pretty certain will be Chloé’s next big It bag if not – THE – It bag of the year. And once again Chloé has turned to its trusted saddle bag shape to combine both novelty and functionality by adding an equestrian-inspired brass bracelet that serves both as a decorative detail and functional top handle, depending on how you carry the bag. The “Nile” comes in three sizes: small (as seen in the picture below, price: $1.550), medium (price: $1.690) and a super cute macro sized minaudière clutch in a half-moon silhouette (price: $1.450). Due to the high demand most of the “Nile” styles and colors are currently either sold out or on backorder, so the “Nile” is pretty hard to come by these days – especially the small sized “Nile” in motty gray, Chloé’s signature taupe neutral color. Luckily, we found a few budget-friendly options if you don’t want to wait until this beauty of a bag comes back in stock or simply can’t afford the designer price tag.

Chloé Nile Bracelet Small Shoulder Bag in motty gray

Chloé Nile Bracelet Small Shoulder Bagls
($1.550, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Selfridges, MyTheresa, Kirna Zabêtels, Farfetchls, Matches Fashionls, Browns Fashion, David Jonesls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers & Influencers Love Chloé

Various style bloggers, IGers and fashion influencers have been spotted wearing a Chloé Nile Bracelet Bag in small.

Style Bloggers carrying a Chloé Nile Bracelet Bag

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BagInc “Eliana” Saddle Leather Bag

Deal: Use promo code SPRINGBAG to get 15% off your order at BagInc!

“Eliana” by BagInc is my current Chloé dupe favorite because it looks basically just like the “Nile”, but is ten times cheaper. It’s made of high quality leather, comes in 7 lovely colors and costs $99 instead of $1.550. Make sure to use our exclusive promo code above to save $9.90 on this “Nile” dupe!

BagInc "Eliana" Saddle Leather Bag in taupe, black and cognac brown (Chloé Nile dupes)

BagInc “Eliana” Saddle Leather Bag
($99, BagInc)

A similar version by Ainifeel is also available at Amazonamazon.

Q.BAISE Hoop Detail Crossbody Bag

Not willing to spend $100 on a designer dupe bag? Then how about this Chloé Nile dupe by Q.BAISE? This cute saddle bag will give you the same Parisian Chic designer look for under $30. Available in either white, black or cognac brown faux leather.

Q.BAISE Hoop Detail Crossbody Bag in white, black and cognac brown (Chloé Nile inspired)

Q.BAISE Hoop Detail Crossbody Bag
($29.90, YesStyle)

Cesca Ring Handle Crossbody Handbag

Last but not least is this Chloé inspired crossbody bag by Cesca which looks a lot like the “Nile” without being a blatant knock-off design. The price tag of $29.99 isn’t too bad either.

Cesca Ring Handle Crossbody Handbag in rose pink and grey (Chloé Nile inspired)

Cesca Ring Handle Crossbody Handbag
($29.99, Target)

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Style Charade, THE VIVALUXURY, Instagram: @thestylebungalow/@evachen212/@shallwesasa), Mia Mia Mine, BagInc, YesStyle, Target

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Update: This post has been updated on May 3, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

The “Trotteur” bag might very well be one of my all-time Céline favorites besides the just as lustworthy “Box” bag which we have previously written about. “Trotteur” was first introduced in 2014, but was then redesigned the following year to include a geometrical metal buckle clasp on the flap which it didn’t have in the initial model and which made the otherwise super minimalist design stand out and be memorable enough to become a coveted “It“-bag among celebs and fashion influencers. Prices vary depending on size and materials. The small Céline Trotteur Bag in grained calfskin is officially priced at $1.850 while supersoft calfskin retails for $2.250, but you can currently get the “Trotteur” at Overstock for around $1.500 which is a really great deal on such a classic designer bag that will last you a lifetime.

Céline Trotteur Flap Shoulder Bag

Céline Trotteur Shoulder Bag
($1.499, Overstock)

Also available at Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Céline

Personal style bloggers such as Annabelle Fleur (VivaLuxury), Jacey Lenae Duprie (Damsel in Dior), Caroline Daur (@carodaur) and Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) have all been spotted carrying a Céline Trotteur Shoulder Bag.

Personal style bloggers wearing Céline Trotteur Flap Shoulder Bag

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Melie Bianco “Olympia” Fold Over Saddle Bag

Update (05/03/2017): Just stumbled upon this amazingly spot-on Céline Trotteur dupes by Melie Bianco and had to share them with you right away! They’re available in burgundy red, black and cognac faux leather and are currently on sale for $59 (retail price: $79). Better get these before they’re gone!

Melie Bianco "Olympia" Fold Over Saddle Bag in wine red, black, cognac (Céline Trotteur dupes)

Melie Bianco “Olympia” Fold Over Saddle Bag
($59, Bloomingdale’s)

Also available at Amazonamazon & Walmartls.

Persaman New York “Irina” Leather Crossbody Bag

How could I not be biased towards these Céline Trotteur bag dupes by Persaman New York when these bags carry my name, are made in Italy and cost less than 10% of the real deal? Love, love, love!

Persaman New York "Irina" Leather Crossbody Bag (Céline Trotteur dupes)

Persaman New York “Irina” Leather Crossbody Bag
($119.97, Nordstrom Rack)

BagInc “Hana” Small Flap Leather Bag

Deal: Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

Another spot-on Céline Trotteur look-alike can be purchased at BagInc for $89 in either black, red, orange or green. It’s made of genuine leather and if you use our exclusive promo code above you will save 10% on your order at BagInc. Steal deal alert!

BagInc "Hana" Small Flap Leather Bag (Céline Trotteur dupes)

BagInc “Hana” Small Flap Leather Bag
($89, BagInc)

Be My Bags “Demure” Faux Leather Flap Shoulder Bag

Deal: Use our exclusive promo code “IN_THEIR_CLOSET” to get 5% off your order!

And lastly, a beautiful Céline look for less alternative in faux leather! This spot-on Trotteur dupe by Be My Bags comes in a variety of colors (currently: 11) and I want one in every color! Judging from the pictures, the quality looks superb and $77 (or $105 CAD) seems like a reasonable price for such a nice looking beauty of a bag. However, because we love our readers we managed to arrange an exclusive reader discount for you at Be My Bags, so be sure to use the promo code above to get 5% off your order.

Be My Bags "Demure" Faux Leather Flap Shoulder Bag (Céline Trotteur dupes)

Be My Bags “Demure” Faux Leather Flap Shoulder Bag
($77/$105 CAD, Be My Bags)

Image source(s): Overstock, VivaLuxury, @damselindior Instagram, @carodaur Instagram, The Blonde Salad, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom Rack, BagInc, Be My Bags

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