In particular, I salivated over the handbags posted on The Purse Blog. Stylistic elements from vintage Chanel bags have survived to this day and become so iconic that other brands and designers have picked up on them and incorporated them into their own designs. These elements include:
- Metal chain straps
- Highly polished hardware
- Quilted texture
- Defined bag shape
At upwards of $1300 for a new one, an authentic Chanel purse is something that few fashionistas can aspire to or afford. Personally I don't know if I could ever bring myself to spend that much on a purse when it could probably buy a plane ticket to my next faraway getaway! There's no substitute for bona fide Chanel, but if you want a purse that has some of the same timeless stylistic elements, the versions below come pretty close for a more reasonable price.
Note: I'm aware that some of the options I chose are still pretty pricey. Nonetheless, the most expensive options below are still only a fraction of the price of a typical Chanel handbag.
Kooba slate lambskin 'Nina' small shoulder bag, $387 from Bluefly.com
Steve Madden quilted shoulder bag, $48 from Stevemadden.com
Quilt flap wallet, $8.80 from Forever21.com
Juicy Couture 'City Girl - Jessica' bucket bag, $375 from Nordstrom.com
Juliana Jabour Bosla drawstring bag, $352 from Shopbop.com
Rock and Republic 'Cathy' clutch, $499 from Emoda.com