The bags you covet for under $100.

I’ve been combing stores lately looking for the perfect bag to replace ole faithful, my cross body black faux ostrich beauty I’ve been dragging around with me for the past year. It was stylish, comfortable and was able to hold valuable things like my laptop and mid-day hummus snack. But unfortunately she is starting to show wear and will soon be sent out to pasture. And as i’m sure you know it could take weeks, months even, before you find that perfect bag, and when you do, its $1,800. Then you cry.

Not really, but you get the point, with designer bags costing two months worth of rent its hard to justify such a splurge. Luckily for us there are plenty of places out there that offer designer inspired duds for way, way less. Here are some of may favorites. They’re all under $100, so feel free to treat yourself and still be able to afford groceries.

This stunner is big enough to carry a work-days-worth of essential items, without sacrificing style. Can you say C-H-I-C.

$34.95 H&M

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This patterned clutch is a show-stopper at any event. Pair it with you favorite LBD for some serious pop.

$29.99 Zara

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The perfect brown bag is a must have in every girls arsenal. This is the perfect shade at the perfect price.

$84.99 ModCloth

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Everyone needs a colorful tote in their life, and this snake skin pattern is sure to turn heads at the poolclub this summer.

$49.99 JCPenny

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Looking for a bag to bring to Coachella? This crocheted darling has your name on it.

$68 Urban Outfitters

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This structured cross-body bag is a prepster dream. Wear it to your Harvard interview, or at least for a campus stroll. It also comes in mustard and cream.

$19.80 Forever21

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The slouchy bucket-bag is the epitome of effortless style and looks perfect paired with your favorite jeans and T.

$34.99 Target Limited Edition

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This black and white satchel may be the definition of class.

$59.90 Express

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A pop of red never hurt nobody.

$36 Nordstroms

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Happy Shopping.



How to dress like a French Girl with 6 (affordable) items.

We have all longed to be that proverbial French girl, roaming the streets of Paris with a cappuccino in  hand,  huge Chanel sunglasses and a Céline bag effortlessly slung over your shoulder. French style has always had a sort of laid back elegance us Americans  strive for. And although a $2,000 designer bag may be the holy grail for some, for others it is simply an unattainable expense (Cough.Cough. ME!). However, I refuse to put my Parisian fantasy to rest! So I’ve done some investigating to bring you six affordable items closer to being très chic.

The Sunglass:

A pair of Chanel frames such as these can set you back a cool $600.

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Instead you can pick up these sunnies at Brass Plum in Nordstroms for only $22.

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The Bag:

Remember that Céline bag.

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Get the same look for only $39.95 at H&M.

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The Pant:

The classic cigarette pant is a no-brainer when it comes to effortless French style. These Narciso Rodriguez beauties come in at a whopping $995.

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You can get a similar look at The Limited for only $69.95.

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The Blouse:

The classic white blouse is a must-have staple for all women. This Burberry creation will require an extra $325.00.

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Instead, make your way over to Forever 21 and pick up this beaded collar button-up for only $18.99.

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The Shoes:

A low chunky heel is perfect for those historical cobblestone streets. These Tory Burch pumps come to around $295.

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Luckily for us the always dependable DSW offers a look-a-like version at only $39.95.

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The Makeup:

If you haven’t figured it out already, the key to classic French style is simplicity. However, a bright bold lip adds just the right amount of color for a day at The Louvre.

This Dior lip color in Minuit is sure to turn heads at $36.

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Revlon offers a fabulous alternative at only $7.99.

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Now for the totals…

Designer Duds- $4,251

Affordable Alternatives- $194.88

As a rule, you always want to spend more $$$ on shoes and pants. A quality pair of shoes will be a staple in your closet for years to come, and pants have the ability to make or break an outfit. Worry less about the size and more about the fit. Well tailored dress pants are a must in everyones wardrobe. Pick the highest quality you’re able to afford and treat yourself!


P.s. Stay tuned for Fashion Week posts. Only a few weeks away!