Last week, on Luxaholics, we talked about getting Lauren Conrad’s Chanel Caviar Jumbo Flap look for less. While we found several amazing handbags that offered a similar look for a smaller price, it got me thinking. Are there certain looks out there where you would rather save your money for the real thing than get a different bag with a similar look but for less? Now, just yesterday I talked about the Bottega Veneta Vibio Large Clutch and the notion of handbags being an investment. Personally, I feel as though everyone has a weakness, be it handbags, techie gadgets, clothing, etc, and with this comes the balance between what you want and what you can afford. So with these weaknesses, pinch pennies or get the look for less?

When it comes to handbags, exotics are everywhere! In all reality, they have been for quite some time now and I don’t see this trend vanishing anytime soon. Everywhere you look, something exotic can be spotted. If you are an avid reader of Purse Blog, you’ve seen some of the wonderful exotics we mentioned which came with a hefty price tag, cough Salvatore Ferragamo Oversized Carlotta Alligator Tote cough or perhaps the Hermes Kelly Long Wallet. Sure, we don’t all have thousands of dollars to drop whenever we want to expand our handbag collection, but when going exotic, is getting the look for less worth it? There are several exotics out there I have my eye on, but especially with the party infused holiday season quickly approaching, I am thinking about picking up a “look for less” in order to tie me over.

Ok, so now getting the look for less. Even when trying to save a little bit here and there while still saving up for that big purchase, there is no reason to sacrifice quality and beauty. Check out some of the exotics you can add to your collection without breaking the bank (well, depending on how big your bank is).


Thomas Wylde Voodoo Anaconda Clutch through eLuxury for $995.


Ginette Etc… Bazaar Caviar Clutch through Shop Bop for $265.


Lauren Merkin Eve Metallic Snake Clutch through Shop Bop for $180.


Jalda New Croc Original Clutch through Luna Boston for $240.

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