Christian Louboutin Bikini Clutch, $995 via Net-a-Porter. MaxMara Embossed Evening Clutch, $486 via Matches UK.

Even though much of the handbag world seems to find Christian Louboutin’s non-shoe accessories hit or miss, every now and then he comes out with a bag that you absolutely can’t miss because not only is it adorable, but every retailer in the known universe ordered it in three colors. This season, it’s the Christian Louboutin Bikini Watersnake Clutch, which comes lovely, dusty shades of cerulean, turquoise and fuchsia, which you see above.

The only problem, naturally, is that the Louboutin clutch costs a thousand dollars. For those who would rather go the faux-snakeskin route (or who would rather have a similar clutch in a neutral instead of a bright), check out the MaxMara Embossed Evening Clutch for less than half the price of the Louboutin bag. Sure, MaxMara calls it embossed lizard, but I think we all know faux python when we see it. (more…)

One of the hottest handbag trends right now is studded detailing. I know that this is nothing new to the fashion world, rather it is a trend that tends to go in and out of style often. The studs we are seeing as of late are a bit different, more refined and subdued, and often being used as shoulder strap accents. This is precisely the look for less I am bringing to you today: the accented shoulder strap bag.

While the Tory Burch Louisa Shoulder Bag does not technically have a studded accents on the shoulder strap, it does have a deco chain and leather strap. On the other hand, the Valentino Rock Stud Shoulder Bag is all about the studs on the shoulder strap. I know so many of you were sick of the over-studding, but both of these bags offer a touch of tough with a glam overall appearance. (more…)

When Prada’s Spring 2011 collection walked in Milan last fall, there was absolutely no doubt within the fashion industry that the brand’s bold stripes and vibrant colors would be hugely influential for the season. That has proved to be entirely true, which means that people who love the look but don’t want to pony up huge money to get it have a few options available to them. For lovers of the Prada Striped Tote, the Milly Chevron Print Tote is one such possibility. (more…)

My new obsession: crossbody pouch bags. I seriously have been living in my Rebecca Minkoff BF Pouch bag. I toss my things in there and throw it over my shoulder or wear it crossbody. I love the smaller size, the lack of needing to use my hands to hold the bag, and it seems to work well for my personal style. We told you that Proenza Schouler released a line of crossbody pouch bags, and even when I saw this I was tickled pink. That is right, I just said tickled pink. I still adore the original PS1, but my crossbody smaller pouch obsession runs much deeper right now.

I have the Proenza Schouler Crossbody Pouch along with the bag I am currently carrying from Rebecca Minkoff picked out as my two favorite crossbody bags (with very different prices). (more…)

Since I first laid eyes on the Juicy Couture Velvet Bow Bags from their Holiday Collection, I was enamored. Everything about the bag paired femininity with stylish appeal and I was in love. This is precisely how I knew Juicy Couture was making their way back into my handbag-loving-heart. After seeing the design trio sporting the velvet bow bags at the Juicy Couture Bags & Bubbly Wrap Up I co-hosted, I was even more set on this bag. The bag is an amazing price and such a fun design.

We had seen so much velvet when Fall/Winter 2010 collections were spotted on the runway and very few of the velvet bags seem to be making major appearances. I did however spot a 3.1 Phillip Lim Velvet bow bag with a very similar look to the Juicy Couture Bag. And with this pairing, we have a look for less. (more…)

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After one week in NYC I have learned one major thing when it comes to my handbags: cross-body straps are majorly helpful. As much as it is easy to order everything to arrive at your apartment door, I am walking to and fro and picking up things to bring home. That means my two hands are important assets when carrying bags from Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond back to our place. Cross-body straps is where it is at. And on top of loving a cross-body strap, it is important that the bag I am carrying is not overly cumbersome and heavy. That is precisely why I love the Mulberry Lily. It is both compact and has a cross-body strap. It is also super cute.

If you love the look of the Mulberry Lily but don’t like the price tag, I found a look for less. In fact, this is very very very close to the Mulberry bag (as are many of the design aesthetics I have seen from the brand Ash). The Ash Camy Cross Body Bag and the Mulberry Lily are twins, more identical than fraternal at that. (more…)

In our never-ending periodic quest to find stylish options at a variety of price points, today we have a reasonably priced alternative to the Nancy Gonzalez Hand-Held Croc Clutch that I wrote about last month. I liked it so much that I went on a search for a budget-friendly alternative to add to my wardrobe, and the best contender I’ve found is the Rebecca Minkoff Lovers Clutch. (more…)

Now that Prada is bringing back its ruched leather Gaufré bags for fall, I’m sure that plenty of women will be looking for a way to get the look without paying nearly two grand for a bag like the Prada Napa Gaufré Tote.

Luckily, fashion has conspired to provide us with an exceedingly attractive, relatively inexpensive alternative. The Elie Tahari Beverly Tote is made of attention-grabbing soft braid-effect leather, and it’ll set you back over a thousand dollars less than its Prada counterpart. (more…)

As far as I can tell, Lanvin no longer produces the Lanvin Cabas Satin Logo Tote. For some of you that’s not exactly a problem, but if you wanted one and now find yourself without the opportunity to buy one, Kate Spade is here to help. And by “here to help,” I mean “here to make a very similar bag.”

The Kate Spade Seraphine Nylon Bow Tote is made of a different material and doesn’t have the slouchy charm of the Lanvin version, but for a much lower price and a brand with a very structured aesthetic, that’s to be expected. The main points of the bags remain the same – they’re both brightly colored, leather-free totes with black, bow-adorned handles. Lanvin has been a very popular source of “inspiration” for less expensive brands over the past year or two, so it should come as no surprise that such a close approximation of its satin totes is readily available.

The Lanvin tote, which retailed for $795, is sold out. You can buy the Kate Spade version for $295 via Saks.

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