I’ve been lusting after one of these Saint Laurent YSL Monogram Envelope Wallet Bags for ages now, but there’s no way I could justify paying retail. However, I can’t seem to get them out of my head either and so I keep coming back to them on a regular basis to admire them from afar. It’s a such a classic and elegant design, don’t you agree? A timeless bag style that will surely stand the tests of time and will still be in style ten or twenty years from now. But $1.350? Unfortunately, my bank account doesn’t match my exquisite taste in fashion. So what’s a girl on a budget to do? Well, I might keep stalking this bag on second hand shopping platforms like Vestiaire Collective or The RealReal and try to scoop it up for a good price there, but what I learned so far from my shopping research is that this particular bag style is quite popular and sought after, so even the second hand prices are still relatively steep. I’m not ready to give up on this designer bag dream yet, but in the meantime I might resort to find myself a more affordable YSL alternative until I have the funds to buy the real deal.
Saint Laurent YSL Monogram Matelassé Envelope Chain Wallet, $1.350 || YSL
Peta and Jain Yazmin Chevron-Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag
Update (04/03/2019) Just spotted these lovely chevron quilted Saint Laurent look-alikes by an Aussie bag brand called Peta and Jain. Available in black and nude faux leather for A$69.95.
Peta and Jain Yazmin Chevron-Quilted Chain Shoulder Bag, A$69.95 || The Iconic
Forever 21 Quilted Chevron Crossbody
Luckily, while browsing through the new arrivals at Forever 21 recently, I discovered these lovely chevron quilted crossbody flap bags and they instantly reminded me of the Saint Laurent wallet clutches above. Of course, they are missing the beautiful YSL monogram logo on the front, but the overall look still matches the designer version above and these here are also 98% cheaper than the real deal, so who I am to complain? Available in black, red, silver and yellow faux leather for a budget-friendly price of
$19.90 (now on sale for $13.93).
Forever 21 Quilted Chevron Crossbody, $13.93 || Forever 21
Image source(s): Saint Laurent, The Iconic, Forever 21