With the furious din of bold trends that have swept through fashion in the past few seasons – brights! neons! pastels! exotics! colorblocking! fur! embellishments of all kinds! – it feels positively refreshing to see the clean-lined neutrals that are coming forth for Pre-Fall and Fall 2013. I’m not sure about any of you, but I need a palate cleanser something fierce, and a black-and-white bag seems like just the way to get it. In our latest edition of Look for Less, both Prada and 3.1 Phillip Lim provide sharp-looking options.

Both these bags feature the same boxy shape and spare, center-stripe pattern, but the less-expensive Lim bag provides a bit of slouch and a more modernist feel with its soft leather and black hardware. The higher-priced Prada option gives you what will likely be a more long-term durable bag, what with the stiff, rugged saffiano leather and black leather covering the wear-prone corners. With gold hardware, the look is also a bit more classic and will likely appeal to a wider swath of consumers. Which do you prefer?

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bicolor Bag
$795 via Neiman Marcus

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Bicolor Bag

Prada Bicolor Saffiano Zip Tote
$1,960 via Neiman Marcus

Prada Saffiano Bicolor Zip Tote

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  • Sandra

    I would purchase the Prada. Not because the Philip Lim is not a terrific bag…the Prada is just a little more refined and more my style. The other issue to me is where the white is placed on the bag…the Prada has the dark on the outside and that is a better option for wear. Bags with any white on them give me pause because of color transfer or stains.

  • Kelly

    @Amanda Mull. I read a post you placed here 3 years ago….long story short, i have the Judith Leiber Bulldog crystal purse if you are still interested and want to purchase it….i only carried it four times. i have pictures i can email you , still have the original box and bag, the certificate, all accessories from inside the purse….message me at kelly.jones@charter.net Thanks! Or if anyone else would be interested, send me a message!

  • QuelleFromage

    I prefer the Phillip Lim. I have a Prada Saffiano tote and it’s SO structured – I like a prim bag but it’s TOO staid. Even the b&w doesn’t liven up this bag enough for me.

  • Lilian

    Love the 31 hour bag, but I wish it comes in smaller size for petite women.