Bag for Your Buck: 17 Bags That Look More Expensive Than They Are

We've been writing a lot about sales recently (they only come around twice a year, after all), but buying something that's been marked down isn't the only way to get a good value. If you shop carefully and know what to look for, you can find lots of bags at full price that look like they cost far more than they do. As we do from time to time, we took to the Internet to find over a dozen of the best bets out there right now, and along with them, we've included some tips on getting the most bag for your buck.

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For reasons I can't quite articulate, tan leather always looks richer than other colors. (I don't even particularly like tan leather, and even I can't deny it.) If you're looking for a way to maximize your value, neutrals in general and tan in particular are your best bets.

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Inexpensive bags tend to have a lot of extra stuff piled on top of them--zippers, pockets, fringe, extra hardware, hang tags--in order to appeal to specific audiences. For a bag that looks more expensive, look for the opposite: clean lines and spare detailing.

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A simple leather bag with limited hardware and branding will always have a good payoff, if you can find one at the right price.

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Inexpensive metallics often look really cheap, so if you can find one that's well-executed, it often feels more expensive than the actual price tag.

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Sometimes, designs have a certain feeling of confidence to them; you can tell that they were created by people who were paying attention to details and cared about making something beautiful. Those bags always feel expensive.

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Classic details give a bag a feeling of timelessness in a category where trendiness is often associated with low price tags and throwaway fast fashion.

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Finding the value-priced member of a highly recognizable line is a great way to get a look more expensive than what you actually paid; if you asked me, even I'd guess this Marcie cost around a grand, and you don't even have to wait for a sale.

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When you can get a true classic that's on sale? Best of both value-seeking worlds.

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The best advice I can give anyone hoping to get the most aesthetic value out of her bag: remove logo hang-tags, put them in the purse's dustbag, store in closet. Anonymizing a bag is often the best way to make something from a popular contemporary designer look more expensive.

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Don't limit your shopping to department stores; sometimes specialty shops and brands have great finds at even better price tags.

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Preppy pieces tend to look expensive because the aesthetic is inspired by people who have a lot of money. (Again, this is a piece that would look much more expensive without the hang tag.)

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Inexpensive bags tend to be made out of pebbled leather because it's more forgiving than other textures. If you can find a soft, smooth leather bag at a good price, you'll come out ahead.

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This is, once again, a classic style that would look more sophisticated with the extras removed; get rid of the clochette and shoulder strap and you've got yourself a good deal.

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Like metallics, embossed exotics often feel cheap; most designers don't make it out of the Uncanny Valley. When one does, the results feel very luxurious.

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Aesthetic ambition doesn't always work out for contemporary designers, but when it does, as with this tote, you get a finished product that feels too sophisticated for the contemporary price point.

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This bag follows the rules about clean lines and smooth leather very well.

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When in doubt, look to Zara. The company has built an empire out of fooling people into thinking their customers spent way more on their clothes than they did.

Bag for Your Buck: 17 Bags That Look More Expensive Than They Are

Has This Look For Less Gone too Far?

Luxury lookalikes are inevitable. As trends trickle down from luxury to contemporary to commercial venues, along the way, imitations are made. This happens across all channels of fashion, and at one time or another, most of us have looked for a way to wear trending styles without spending big bucks. Although, when a brand’s signature elements are copied, like Christian Louboutin’s red bottoms, Casadei’s blade heels or Valentino’s studded straps, when does “inspiration” become straight-up copycatting?

A few days ago, someone tweeted us a picture of cage flats from Target asking us if we’ve seen this design. You can see for yourself the many (many) similarities between the real Valentino pair and the pair from Target. Aside a couple details, they’re nearly identical in execution.

Has This Look For Less Gone too Far?

Chanel Coco Shine Quilted Bag Reference Guide

Introducing the Chanel Coco Shine Bag. The Coco Shine is Chanel’s newest bag design from the Spring/Summer 2015 Collection Act 1. Made of patent calfskin, it comes in three styles, Accordion Flap, Flap and Tote.  The style includes a large border around the quilted area of the flap that is reminiscent of Chanel’s vintage bags. The overall look is updated when combined with bright pops of color.


The small sizes for the Accordion flap and flap bags, can also be used as cross-body bags, as the interwoven chain leather strap can be adjusted. Available in various colors, black, blue, burgundy, dark navy blue, orange, yellow, blue and pink.

Style, Price & Size




Chanel Coco Shine Accordion Large Bag$3,400.00 (USD)7.7” x 12.6” x 3.9”
Chanel Coco Shine Accordion Small Bag$3,100.00 (USD)5.5” x 11” x 3.1”
Chanel Coco Shine Flap Small Bag$3,100.00 (USD)5.3” x 8.7” x 2.4”
Chanel Coco Shine Flap Large Bag$3,400.00 (USD)TBD
Coco Shine Tote Large Bag$4,200.00 (USD)TBD
Coco Shine Tote Small BagTBDTBD

Chanel Yellow/Blue Coco Shine Flap Small BagsGallery

Chanel Black Coco Shine Accordion Small Bag
Chanel Dark Navy Blue Coco Shine Accordion Large Bag

Chanel Black Coco Shine Flap BagChanel Pink Coco Shine Flap Bag
Chanel Pink Coco Shine Tote Small BagChanel Black Coco Shine Tote Large Bag
Chanel Coco Shine Quilted Bag Reference Guide

Elizabeth Banks Wears Jimmy Choo in Germany

Here’s actress/director/producer/general boss lady Elizabeth Banks, strolling through Potsdamer Platz on a warm spring day in Berlin. She’s wearing a pair of black, mirrored Jimmy Choo Taris Sandals with a sturdy plexiglass heel. You can find a fetching silver pair of Elizabeth’s slip-on mule sandals.

Elizabeth is on an international press tour to promote her upcoming flick Pitch Perfect 2, which she also directed and produced. We saw Elizabeth’s co-star Brittany Snow doing the domestic press circuit just a few days ago in a beautiful pair of blue Nappa leather Stuart Weitzman Showgirl Sandals.

Elizabeth Banks Wears Jimmy Choo in Germany

How To Tell A Celine Knockoff Bag By Looking At Just One Photo

I took a look at the Celine bags sold on eBay right now and I have to say I’ve come across a huge number of replicas! I don’t want to discourage you, I just want to make it easier for you to spot them.

Celine Knockoff Bag Sold on eBay – Signs

The most upsetting thing about this is that some of the Celine replica bags sold here look worse than your regular Celine bag replica but they’re 2 or 3 times more expensive. Paying $800 or less for a Celine bag may sound like an exciting thought, but don’t be quick to buy it if you want don’t to realize it was actually a Celine knockoff bag when it’s already too late.

I tried to make my how to tell if Celine bag is authentic guides as detailed as I could. But I know that some of you still feel insecure even after checking the guides. But in that case the price should get you thinking. It’s unlikely for a real Celine bag to be sold for less than $1,000 even if it’s used. The only exception is if the bag is very old or heavily used. So the price should be a telltale sign as well.

You should also take advantage of the fact that there are plenty of photos of Celine bags online given their popularity. Look for that specific model you’re interested in and see if you can find a photo on any site. If you can find only photos of replica bags online, then chances are that specific bag never existed in authentic version. Here’s an example:

Celine Nano Luggage Knockoff – Authentic Version Doesn’t Exist

Most importantly, if you don’t want to buy a Celine knockoff bag, make sure you check all the details I told you about. I thought it would be interesting to show you that some replica Celine bags can actually be spotted as faked by looking and just one photo. Disclaimer: all the photos you’ll find in this post were taken from eBay. So you can only imagine just how many Celine knockoff bags are there! I know, it’s scary!

And do you know what is the saddest part about this? Most of these sellers have 100% positive feedback. This means that the feedback is either fake or that the people they’ve previously tricked weren’t able to tell they bought a Celine knockoff bag.

If all replica bags online were advertised as such, everything would be so much easier. But unfortunately it doesn’t work that way, so you either learn to protect yourself or expose yourself to scammers. So here are some of the most common flaws a Celine knockoff bag will have. This should make it easier for you to tell fakes when you see them.

Sometimes it’s the logo, other times it’s the lining, the shape of the handle holders or even the base studs. And other times it’s all these combined if it’s a really bad replica. Just don’t get carried away by the fact that one of these is how it should, check the rest too. For example, a replica Celine bag can have a perfect logo stamp but maybe the bottom studs are crooked. You get the point.

Replica Celine Mini Luggage sold on eBay

Replica Celine Mini Luggage Lining Is Wrong

Simple rule about the lining: a Celine Mini Luggage bag in smooth leather will always have smooth leather lining. For me it was enough to look at the photo above to tell it was a Celine knockoff bag. But then you can also notice that the stamp is smudgy or that the zipper pull is too wide and rounded. This bag is being sold for $850.00.

Celine Knockoff Bag found on eBay

Now look at this other Celine knockoff bag. Just because it has a tag, it doesn’t mean it’s authentic. On the contrary, just by looking at this picture you can see that the front stamp is wrong and that the front pocket stitching is too rounded. The bottom edges of the pocket stitching should be just a bit curved, not this rounded. This is being sold for $799.00.

Replica Celine Phantom Bag found on eBay

I honestly couldn’t believe this one: this fake Celine Phantom bag is being sold for no less than $1,699! Can you believe that? This has to be one of the worst fake Celine bags I’ve ever seen on eBay! This Celine knockoff bag should cost like $100 tops and someone actually has the nerve to ask this kind of money for it! I’m in shock. If you’re still wondering what is wrong with this bag, the answer is everything. Oh my god, these people are just the worst.

And here’s yet another Celine Phantom knockoff. This one is being sold for $960.00:

Celine Phantom Knockoff found on eBay

Celine Phantom Knockoff Front Close-up

Celine Phantom Knockoff Interior Stamp Is Wrong

I have to admit that it’s not always easy for me to spot a Celine bag replica either. And this is because some of them are really well-made. But there’s usually something that gives a Celine knockoff bag away and the only way to spot that something is to see many detailed pictures of the bag. And here is a good example:

Fake Celine Phantom Bag Bordeaux found on eBay

Fake Celine Phantom – Serial Number Format Is Wrong

This Celine Phantom looks really good. At first sight it’s really hard to believe this is actually a Celine knockoff bag. But then look at the serial number. This is not the correct Celine bag serial number format. It should be like this: one letter-two letters-four numbers. A tricky one!

Now here are other telltale signs of fake Celine bags found on eBay. You can find the explanation in the photo caption:

Fake Celine Mini Luggage Studs Are Crooked

Fake Celine Micro Luggage – Shape of the Handle Holders and Stitching

Fake Celine Mini Luggage Stamp Is Blurry and Sloppy

As I’ve said before, if you feel like a seller is reluctant to send more photos, stay away. Sellers have different types of excuses to explain why they don’t have the receipt, the original tags or the box. While this may actually be true for some of them, you need to know scammers use these frequently as well.

I have to say these were just a few examples to prove my point. You can find them all on eBay if you want to take a better look. Again, it’s appalling to see just how many replicas are being sold on sites that are supposed to sell authentic bags but there’s not much you can do about it.

If you thought about buying any of these replica Celine bags, beware! If you need more info, let me know!

How To Tell A Celine Knockoff Bag By Looking At Just One Photo

Man Bag Monday: Thom Browne’s Dark, Funny Fall 2015 Collection

If you, like me, went to a particularly preppy college, or you grew up in a part of the country that counts boat shoes as a closet essential, then you've probably seen plenty of clothes with little whales and turtles embroidered on them. And not just for women, either--I've seen plenty of men in navy pants with tiny, red lobsters all over them. As he so often does, Thom Browne took those preppy tropes and distorted them into a dark, twisted menswear collection.

None of the bags got the all-over animal treatment, but a few of them were turned into real-life embodiments of those animals, including a couple wonderfully clever whale bags. If you (or your man) prefer things more straight-on traditional, Browne also showed a number of his classic doctor bags in different textures of inky black.

Man Bag Monday: Thom Browne’s Dark, Funny Fall 2015 Collection


Ay, ay, ay! What do we have here? Are we seeing double…or something we haven’t seen before? Louis Vuitton fanatics in the house, are you ready for this? Well, we’re giving you just a sneak peek on this beauty (because we love you that much), but just a side note – even our insiders don’t know ANYTHING about this beauty. We’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves as this best kept secret unfolds (we don’t know about LV and their taste for suspense).

As we can see from the picture above, it has a striking resemblance in form with the Chloe Goldie (another fan favorite). We can see the luxury house’s insignia in front, in full metal glory. Also, we can see an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, which accentuates the bag ever so beautifully. We love the two-tone leather exterior, because orange and grey never looked this good…yet. Props for LV and their zest for giving us some great designs!

We’ll give you details about this bag (such as prices, size) as soon as we get them. Stay tuned!


2014 Fall Winter Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton Advertising Campaign

In Latest New Louis Vuitton 2014 Fall Winter handbags collection, it is same endorsement by the famous American actress Michelle Williams and photographer by Peter Lindbergh. Like latest years ad campaign, Michelle once again perfect annotation the charming of the timeless LV Capucines bags in new styles and colors.

In the 2014 Fall Winter LV Advertising Campaign, there are two colorways of red and black Capucines LV bags with python handles which is one of the ultimate luxuries as far as we know. And the vibrant colorways Louis Vuitton Alma 2014 also been available in the ad campaign for Fall season. Those lv bags new collection 2014 perfect for work, ideal for evenings and the great everyday bags if you give permission. And those new lv bags cheap sale 2014 for nice price at our site.

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2014 Fall Winter Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton Advertising Campaign


If you only have to have one signature backpack, make sure that you get your hands on the Fendi By The Way Mini Backpack. Yes, the ‘By The Way’ Style is now in a backpack version, making it a lot cuter than it actually is.

The style is minimalist yet sophisticated enough that spells luxury. The bag is compact, thus making it ideal for your international travels. We are loving the fact that it comes in spotless white color, making it a go-to bag for your colorful and even monochromatic ensembles.

If you look closely, you will notice that the design is finished with a crystal-embellished crocodile tail-inspired design to one side for that luxurious touch. We are also happy that you can carry this bag in two ways: over your hand by the top handle or swing the straps over your shoulder.

Just like any backpack, the front is designed with a beautiful zipped pocket. The interior features large compartment for all your essentials.

It measures 9.5 x 8.5 x 4 (H x W x D) inches and is priced $2450 USD.



The Mini Dora is essentially a one-of-a-kind basic piece that’s sure to keep some eyes glued on your every move. Why, you may ask? Because it has a super sleek yet feminine design that’s worth a second (or third… or fourth…) look! Knowing how LV consistently gives us some iconic leather babies, we’re pretty sure that you’ll also love the Mini Dora. It may be mini, but it is major when it comes to flair and craftsmanship.

READ: Louis Vuitton Dora Soft Bag Collection

Today, we’re going to focus on two variations: The Dora Mini Malletage, and the basic Dora Mini, which are both lovable pieces.

Dora Mini Malletage
Size: 9.4” x 7.1” x 4.3” inches (L x H x W)
Price: $4150 USD or 2800 EUR

The Dora Mini Malletage features a luxe lambskin exterior with calfskin trim that’s set to raise the bar in artisan bag design. Where else could you get a bag with a tactile dimensional effect? Thought so, too. It features a removable, adjustable strap with golden color metallic pieces. It even has a leather luggage tag with metallic LV signature, a testament to the quality of this piece. Inside, there are two pockets which add to its functionality.

Dora Mini
Size: 9.4” x 7.1” x 4.3” inches (L x H x W)
Price: $2820 USD or 2000 EUR

Basic as it is, the Dora Mini is never the plain ol’ piece in this duo – it features the iconic monogram canvas framed and accented by bright pink leather. How cute can this get? It features the same functionality as the Malletage, with a double zip closure, double inside pockets and a large inside pocket. This piece may come off as a mini, but it could be too much to handle. Mindblown yet?

You can get your very own Dora Mini bags via Louis Vuitton online boutique.


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