You know why I love finding handbag looks for less? Sometimes it is the less expensive bag that catches my attention and that is a double wow. I can’t say that with today’s Look for Less though. Valentino is a handbag favorite on the PurseBlog team. If you see their bags in person, it is easy to see why. The designs are feminine, sexy, and luxurious.

One of my favorite designs from Valentino lately is their 360 Handbag, which features feminine touches on a large slouchy body. But at $1,400, it is not the most affordable bag. And that is why I have found a look for less with the Elie Tahari Pebbled Melrose Tote.

For some reason, I thought the Valentino 360 Handbag would cost much more than the asked for $1,395. If you go into the store and try the bag on, you will fall in love. Their quality is superb and Valentino has a way to make every woman feel gorgeous and glamorous when wearing their bags. This specific bag suits every aspect of a bag I like (and comes in bright pink!!). Buy the Valentino 360 Handbag via Saks for $1,395.

If you love the look of the Valentino bag but it does not fit into your budget, the Elie Tahari Pebbled Melrose Tote may be a great look for less option. While the body of the bag is very similar to the Valentino bag, there are additional ruffles along the top. The black distressed leather looks lovely and the self ties extending from the handle are reminiscent of the bow detail on the Valentino bag. A great look for a more manageable price. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $498.

  • Michelle

    I actually like the Tahari better…don’t tell Valentino ;) (fb)

  • Julie

    ^^Ditto! I agree with Michelle! I like the visual interest the detailing provides! (fb)

  • Valentina

    They just have similar shapes but there’s no comparison. It is out of my budget but I wouldn’t buy Tahari’s just because it’s cheaper. The Valentino bag is much more simple, and so prolix.

  • Alana

    Love this Valentino bag!!!!

  • Idealist

    Chile its about time you put Elie Tahari on the main site & not just the “saavy”. lol The quality of their bags are impeccable, especially for the cost. Have you seen their sasha tote? LOVE that bag!

    • Alana

      Who is Chile??

      • Idealist

        I live in the south so its just a country word that I use kind of like “honey child” but I just say “chile” in my Nene from RHOA voice lol

  • Nola

    The Flash ads are *really* *annoying*

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Vlad Dusil

      We are experimenting with a new ad format. The frequency of the display will decrease in the next few days.

    • Lia

      Yes, I find them very intrusive @_@

      • LA

        I run ad thwart and never see them.

  • mochababe73

    I think that I like the Elie Tahari better myself. I like for my handbags to be a little “jazzy”.

  • I Tso

    I like the Valentino bag, I’m not digging the ruffles.

  • Karin bag4bag

    I Like the Elie Tahari better as I really like the ruffles.

  • Sofia Nolan

    Valentino rocked. The other – cheap.

  • jc_girl

    Valentino versus Elie Tahari. Well both are extremely beautiful but i like Elie Tahari more. I think the style and color are unique and you can use this bag for any occasion whether it be formal or casual. http://bit.ly/cwRdfB. Wanna have one of this. =)

  • Tracey G

    beautiful bags! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Love the color for both bags–great for winter and fall (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    Tough choice but I like Elie Tahari more (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the ruffles! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    perfect bags! (ipad)