Budget Conscious: Designer Bags for (way way) Less

Celine trapeze bag versus Dailylook Winged Mini Handbag

LEFT: DailyLook Winged Mini Handbag ($40) || RIGHT: Celine Trapeze Bag ($2,500)

I don’t know about you, but if I had several thousands of dollars lying around, a handbag would be one of the last things I’d spend it on. It’s a rare breed who has the money to buy a new, or even used ultra high-end handbag. And yet they’re so covetous. What do you do when you’ve fallen in love with one of these bags and have your heart set on it?

My advice is twofold. Firstly, I generally advise against buying cheap handbags. If it’s less than $100, it’s probably going to fall apart and look terrible in a few years, especially if it’s leather (or supposed to be leather). So in general, I’d advise those in need of a handbag to save their pennies and shoot for something in the $100 – $500 dollar range. Think Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch. I think of these retailers as hitting the golden ratio of price to quality. Above this on the price scale you are no longer paying for quality–you’re just paying for the name. Fall below this and the quality begins to decline off drastically.

But sometimes you fall in love with something really impractical, and that’s when I say it’s ok to bend the rules a little bit. This happened to me last summer when I discovered Celine’s Mini Luggage tote.

Celine Luggage Tote versus Dailylook Mini Structured Handbag

LEFT: DailyLook Mini Structured Handbag ($50) || RIGHT: Celine Mini Luggage Tote ($2,500)

By the way, I’m linking you to Ebay for these bags because they’re so exclusive that they don’t sell them online.

The mini luggage tote was love at first site for me. I mean, it has an adorable little line face! 😐 When I saw the price tag, though, I gave the entire thing up as a loss. I knew between student loan payments, condo refurnishing, world travels, and just life in general I could never justify spending $2,500 on a handbag. So when months later, looking for a cross-body bag to take on my trip to Italy, I spied DailyLook’s knockoff version I snapped it up. The bag has all of the cuteness of the Celine bag while being much more palatable on the wallet.

Surprisingly, I’ve been very pleased with the quality. It has served as a daily bag for me as well as the bag I take on all my travels and help up quite well.  Will it hold up as well as the Celine bag will in the long run? Probably not. But judging by how its fared so far, I can say with confidence that DailyLook doesn’t make chintzy bags.

But what about the fact that it’s a knockoff, you ask? Well, I can tell you this much. I’ve gotten many, many compliments on this bag. I’ve made a point of telling these complementers that it’s a knockoff Celine bag, and the response from them can generally be surmised as, “What’s Celine?” You see, fellow fashionistas, the average person isn’t as well-versed in designer handbags as we are. That said, I have encountered those who did know it was a fake, and their reaction was pretty much, “Well of course it’s a fake, nobody in their right mind would buy a real one. Good for you.” So there you have it.

Now I’m eyeing other knockoffs from DailyLook, like the following, since I liked my first purchase so much.

Chloe Marcie Saddle Bag versus DailyLook Classic Saddlebag Purse

LEFT: DailyLook Classic Saddlebag Purse ($49) || RIGHT: Chloe Marcie Horseshoe Crossbody Satchel Bag ($1,400)

Alexander Wang The Rocco textured-leather tote versus DailyLook Stud Base Duffel Bag

LEFT: DailyLook Stud Base Duffel Bag ($50) || RIGHT: Alexandar Wang The Rocco Textured-Leather Tote

Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel Bag versus DailyLook Imoshion Stitched Duffel Handbag

LEFT: DailyLook Imoshion Stitched Duffel Handbag ($60) || RIGHT: Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel Bag ($875)

Coco Chanel Classic versus DailyLook Coco Quilted Medium

LEFT: DailyLook Coco Quilted Medium Handbag ($30) || RIGHT: Coco Chanel Classic Double Flap ($2,000)

Celine Large Luggage Tote versus DailyLook Large Structured Handbag

RIGHT: DailyLook Large Structured Handbag ($75) || LEFT: Celine Large Luggage Tote (~ $3,000)

What do you all think? Would you buy a knockoff from DailyLook?

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