The Look for Less: Chanel Bag

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Blonde Girl with Chanel Bag

Is there anything more classic in the handbag world than a black Chanel? I had admired this bag for years but always felt really guilty about the price tag. Thankfully, I snagged mine for an absolute steal. I went to the Keeks grand opening event in Plano. This was already marked down with it being resale and then they were doing somewhere around 40% off. My girlfriends don’t believe me when I tell them the price, and that’s why you keep those receipts, ladies. To prove you CAN find a Chanel on a budget. ha. 😉

My score of the century aside, I was actually at Nordstrom earlier this week and found something similar. I popped in because I have to get a solid-colored maxi dress for my girlfriend’s wedding. She eloped and so her bridesmaids are going to match for her reception here in Texas. And you know I can’t go in a store without looking at the handbag selection. I found the most beautiful black quilted bag with gold hardware, that I wanted to do a look for less post.

Now, this option is definitely edgier than a Chanel, but for a bag under $250 I think it is fabulous to carry for years and decide if a Chanel is in your future. I always advise girls to try a look for less before you buy the real thing if you are even 1% unsure. I’m not saying go grab a dupe, I’m saying find something with the same structure and similar hardware. Carry it for a year or so and then see if you still get excited. Best case scenario? You learn you love the bag, resale your less expensive bag, and buy your designer dream. Worst case scenario {or honestly maybe best!}? You decide you can live without the pricier bag and you saved yourself money.

This bag is still a luxury bag, it is just more affordable in comparison. Because let’s be real, handbags are total frivolity and it’s all relative to what bags you are looking at. If you are thinking you love this concept but want something more affordable, I have you covered, too! This bag by Topshop is really similar to the other edgy quilted bag. It’s $55 and will still give you a black, quilted look with gold hardware.

As you go into fall, now is the perfect time to try a bag like this! You may think this only works for work wear or dresses, but I love to carry mine with leggings and oversized sweaters. It adds a touch of glam to a more relaxed look. I can’t wait to carry mine with faux leather leggings, a camel sweater, and black booties. A fall style that will always be on trend.

I hope you love these two options as much as I do so you can “try before you buy in a few years” or in many cases just keep your look for less! Quilted bags will never go out of style and you’ll always find them in an array of designers, but something about these options just stuck out to me!

And if you really do want a Chanel, definitely try resale like Keeks!

Do you have a Chanel?! Have a fabulous weekend and we shall chit chat on Monday!

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  1. I really like these dupes – but I think I’d still rather save up and get the real thing! 😉

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 12 Oct 18Reply
  2. Such a good find – I especially love the topshop version – they totally nailed the chanel-esque shoulder strap! Great advice about buying a similar bag before investing – I purchased a large Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair (I think they have since discontinued the large size) – and wore it for a year before investing in my vintage Chanel – am so glad I purchased it when I did as the price never gets any lower!

    Here’s my vintage bag:

    Published 12 Oct 18Reply
  3. Allie wrote:

    Resale sounds like such a great option! Thanks for the tip about Keeks! Happy Friday!

    Published 12 Oct 18Reply
  4. Laura Leigh wrote:

    Wow great find lady! Absolutely love it!

    xo Laura Leigh

    Published 12 Oct 18Reply
  5. Kelly wrote:

    Love this post! I carry a tan tote that looks similar to a Neverfull, until I can afford it. There is also a Gucci dupe on Amazon! 🙂

    Published 12 Oct 18Reply
  6. Carolyn wrote:

    Hi! What do you think about this Chanel bag vs the Gucci GG Marmont you have too? They seem pretty similar!

    Published 15 Oct 18Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Carolyn! I feel like my Gucci is a bit more casual as it is more thin than the Chanel. So I can wear it as a crossbody with jeans. Xx, Katey

      Published 15 Oct 18Reply
  7. Lauren wrote:

    What size is your Chanel? The classic, large or maxi?

    Published 01 Mar 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Lauren! I got mine from Keeks, so it is resale and I’m not 100% sure! I believe Maxi! xx, Katey

      Published 03 Mar 19Reply
  8. Judi wrote:

    Is that first Chanel purse the extra extra large? Like the travel one. Or is that the jumbo classic ?

    Published 04 Oct 21Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      Hi Judi! I believe it is the classic!

      Published 04 Oct 21Reply