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Real vs. Steal – Chanel Classic Flap Bag

by Irina on August 8, 2017

Update: This post has been updated on August 8, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

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)

Also available at The RealReal, One Kings Lane, Shopbop & Fashionphile.

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Spotted these amazing, genuine leather Chanel bag look-alikes by Ainifeel today and had to share them with you immediately! Aren’t they just gorgeous? The clasp on these doesn’t have the interlocking CC logo, but otherwise they’re pretty much identical to the real deal Chanel above. And have I mentioned these purses come in 2 sizes (medium or large) and 11 (!) color options? Consider me obsessed! The price of $115 is admittedly a bit of an investment, but the various customer reviews are throughout very positive and judging from the provided customer’s product photos you’ll get a high-quality designer dupe bag worth its price tag. And if you don’t really feel this particular Chanel design, the seller also has a wide selection of other Chanel bag dupes available, you can check them out here (including other bag dupes from other luxury designers such as Chloé, Hermès, Valentino, etc).

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag in black, burgundy, navy and pastel pink (Chanel Classic Flap Bag dupes)

Ainifeel Quilted Chain Shoulder Bagamazon
($115-$119, Amazon)

Also available in a caviaramazon and patentamazon leather version.

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Not feeling like spending $100 on a designer dupe bag? Well, how about $25 then? These cute quilted flap bags by Diophy scream Chanel, but are surprisingly affordable (sale price!). Granted, the PU leather doesn’t look too durable especially when you compare it to the Ainifeel version above, but if you’re someone who takes good care of their bags, these might last you a few years and you could buy all three colors and still have $25 from that $100 bill left. Steal deal alert!

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bag in white, black and red (Chanel dupes)

Diophy CH-3101 PU Leather Quilted Turn Lock Flap Medium Bagamazon
($24.99, Amazon)

Also available at Overstock & eBay.

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bag

Update (08/08/2017): Also discovered these gorgeous genuine leather Chanel dupes by Markese which come in black, red, cognac and white (not pictured). Again, the price for these look-alikes is a little higher due to these bags being genuine leather (also made in Italy, apparently), so you’re probably better off with this option if you want a long-lasting, high-quality Chanel dupe that you can wear for many years to come.

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bag in black, red and cognac brown (Chanel Classic 2.55 dupes)

Markese 6999 Quilted Chain Flap Bag
(£95, Amazon.co.uk)

Also available at Amazon.de.

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)

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): O-M-G! Just came across another, much better-looking Chanel alternative by BagInc. Love! Love! Love! By the way, “Adele” is also available in a lambskin leather version (softer than caviar) with a rectangular locket. Make sure to use promo code SPRINGBAG for 15% 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 promo code SPRINGBAG to get 15% off your order at BagInc!

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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Update: This post has been updated on February 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Valentino‘s “Rockstud” collection has not only been exhibited in exquisite footwear but also in beautiful and edgy handbags such as this one pictured here. It is undeniable that the staple studs in part make this flap clutch bag, in addition to the chic silhouette. Priced at a mere $1.795, it is pretty much inaccessible to everyone though, thus we have a great steal below. I have to say that Fan Bingbing’s all-red ensemble exudes luxury with a hint of romanticism and this red Valentino clutch really brings every aspect of her outfit together flawlessly.

Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch Bag in black

Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch Bagls
($1.795, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Nordstromls, Barneysls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Matches Fashionls, Farfetchls, Selfridges & Luisaviaromacj.

Fan Bingbing Loves Valentino

Fan Bingbing carrying a red Valentino Rockstud Flap Clutch Bag

Inzi Studded Clutch Wristlet

Update (02/29/2016): Spotted these chic Valentino Rockstud wristlet clutch dupes by Inzi today. Not cheap, but fabulous, right?

Inzi Studded Clutch Wristlet in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Inzi Studded Clutch Wristlet
($98.95, Nordstrom Rack)

Lush Leather Punk Studded Flap Clutch

Update (10/29/2015): Discovered another fabulous Valentino Rockstud real leather clutch dupe at Amazon today. Check out these studded flap clutches by Lush Bags. These, too, are rather on the pricey side, but it’s genuine leather after all and the quality seems to be decent as well.

Lush Leather Punk Studded Flap Clutch in black, blue and pink (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Lush Leather Punk Studded Flap Clutchamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

LUXchic Stud Handle Genuine Leather Clutch

Update (08/03/2015): Besides the great Chloé Drew dupe I found yesterday, I also stumbled upon these amazing Valentino Rockstud clutch dupes by LUXchic. They really look like they have a decent quality, but this quality comes at a price: $119.80.

LUXchic Stud Handle Genuine Leather Clutch in black and red (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

LUXchic Stud Handle Genuine Leather Clutchamazon
($119.80, Amazon)

Street Level Vice Grip Studded Clutch Bag

Update (06/29/2013): Found another great Valentino alternative in this studded clutch bag by Street Level which is quite affordable at only $38!

Street Level Vice Grip Studded Clutch Bag in black (Valentino Rockstud Flap knockoff)

Street Level Vice Grip Studded Clutch Bagamazon
($38, Amazon)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Wristlet

Update (04/21/2013): Hey everyone! I just came across this great Valentino look-a-like clutches by Forever 21. Available in black or blue for $21.80 only!

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Wristlet in black and blue (Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-likes)

Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Wristlet
($21.80, Forever 21)

High Fashion Studded Wristlet

Update (03/22/2013): Found another great Valentino Rockstud Clutch Bag look-a-like by High Fashion. Also available in nude beige.

High Fashion Studded Wristlet Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud look-a-like)

High Fashion Studded Wristlet
($68.95, 6pm)

Stylistpick “Alba” Studded Through Strap Clutch

Update (03/03/2013): Just stumbled upon this lovely Valentino clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. I love the soft pink color! £10 only (sale price)!

Stylistpick "Alba" Studded Through Strap Clutch in pink (Valentino Rockstud look-a-like)

Stylistpick “Alba” Studded Through Strap Clutch
(£10, House of Fraser)

Steve Madden “BCRSBDY” Studded Clutch

Steve Madden has cultivated a very similar look-a-like clutch at an affordable price of $58. It has a very similar design, featuring stud embellishments on the outer border of this “BCRSBDY” Studded Clutch. The only difference between the Valentino original and its more budget-friendly counterpart is that the mini handle in the middle doesn’t have any sort of ornamentation, but that is a minimal detail. This clutch also has a long strap for versatile wearing abilities. Additionally, be sure to use the promo code above for maximum savings!

Steve Madden "BCRSBDY" Studded Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Steve Madden “BCRSBDY” Studded Clutchls
($58, Steve Madden)

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Despite writing this blog for more than 4 years and having an extensive knowledge about where to find the best designer look-a-likes, I firmly believe that there a few designer items out there worth purchasing. For me a few of those things would include a Burberry trench coat, a pair of classic Christian Louboutin pumps and a Prada bag. I recently had the chance to snag this beautiful Prada bag below at 30% off, but I chickened out of buying last minute and now – of course – I totally regret it. Well, maybe next time.

Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag nero black

Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bagls
($1.960, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Saksls & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities Love Prada

Celebs such as Kerry Washington, Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Famke Janssen and Ashley Greene have all been spotted wearing the Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag.

Kerry Washington, Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel carrying a Prada Saffiano Lux Double-Zip Tote Bag

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BagInc “Katy” Leather Tote

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

If you’re a fan of Prada’s Saffiano Lux Tote, but don’t want to spend almost $2k on a bag, here’s a budget-friendy alternative by BagInc that will give you the same Prada look. Made of genuine leather, this bag costs only $109 (don’t forget to use our exclusive 10% off promo code above) and comes in an array of gorgeous colors.

BagInc "Katy" Leather Tote (Prada Saffiano Lux look-a-like)

BagInc “Katy” Leather Tote
($109, BagInc)

PlusMinus Cross Pattern Grain Tote Bag

If you’re craving the papaya red version as seen on Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel, this bag by PlusMinus is another great alternative. It’s currently on sale for under $100 and also available in a caramel color.

PlusMinus Cross Pattern Grain Tote Bag in coral (Prada Saffiano Lux look-a-like)

PlusMinus Cross Pattern Grain Tote Bagamazon
($92.99, Amazon)

High Fashion 4285 Top Handle Satchel Bag

I don’t know what it is about orange designer bags, but they look extra luxe to me if they are dyed in this bright color (think orange Givenchy Antigona or orange Hermès Birkin). Prada’s Saffiano Lux also comes in this amazing standout colorls and if you want an orange statement bag for a non-designer price, this satchel by High Fashion is yet another great Prada alternative.

High Fashion 4285 Top Handle Satchel Bag in orange (Prada Saffiano Lux look-a-like)

High Fashion 4285 Top Handle Satchel Bagpjx
($258.95, Lori’s)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 26, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

The Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Crossbody Bag is very in right now, as it is the It bag making its appearance among quite a few celebrities. The hardware inspired embellishments along with the chained strap add a touch of masculinity but in a feminine way. It’s the perfect size if you’re on the go, or it can be simultaneously transformed into a clutch for a night out of town look. I especially love the military green color Shenae Grimes and Ashley Greene are sporting, too bad it’s $295.

Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Crossbody Bag in khaki suede

Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Crossbody Bagamazon
($295, Amazon)

Celebrities Love Rebecca Minkoff

Shenae Grimes, Ashley Greene, Jordin Sparks, Whitney Port, Katie Cassidy and Michelle Trachtenberg carrying a Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Crossbody Bag

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High Fashion 4046 Cross-Body Bag

UPDATE (01/26/2012): Look at this fantastic Rebecca Minkoff look-a-like by High Fashion! Isn’t it just lovely? Real leather? Uhm, yes, please. Available in cognac or dark brown.

High Fashion 4046 Cross-Body Bag in cognac  (Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend knockoff)

High Fashion 4046 Cross-Body Bagamazon
($90.01, Amazon)

Steve Madden “BROCKS” Bag

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “SMFREESHIP” to get free shipping on your $75+ order!

This is a great alternative to the Rebecca Minkoff bag as it is practically identical to it but also very much budget-friendly. The Steve Madden “Brocks” handbag incorporates the same idea of masculinity in a chic way. It is available in scarlet red, black and light blue.

Steve Madden "BROCKS" Bag in red, black and teal (Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend knockoff)

Steve Madden “BROCKS” Bagls
($58, Steve Madden)

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Budget Look – Cobalt Blue, Gold & Red Bows

by Irina on October 28, 2010

First let me start off by saying that I really, really love cobalt blue. It’s such a flattering, deep and intense color. Another thing I also really, really love are shift dresses. For me, they’re infinitely feminine and elegant. Upon browsing NORDSTROM’s newest arrivals today I discovered this cobalt blue shift dress and it was all over for me. I was obsessed. So much that I had to create a budget look around this dress. I know the red bowed accessories might be a little too matchy-matchy for some of you, but I find it kind of charming in this case. Let me know what you think.

Budget Look - Cobalt Blue, Gold & Red Bows

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