There are a few things that I’m willing to admit about the Gorjana Hudson Quilted Crossbody Bag before we begin. First, I know that it smells vaguely of Eau de Chanel Ripoff. With quilting, a chain handle, and leather textured similarly to their famous caviar, of course it does. Also, the placement of the small gold studs reminds me a lot of the Marc Jacobs Single Studded Shoulder Bag, which is also quilted.

Despite all of that apparent non-originality, I still really like the bag. It’s reasonably priced, on-trend, and has lots of compartments on the inside to keep all of my stuff organized. In the correct context, even I am amenable to a bag that’s not entirely original.

It’s a relatively inexpensive bag at less than $200, and a good bargain can mitigate a multitude of sins. Plus, navy blue is easier to wear during warm weather than cold because dark jeans and lots of black give way to lighter, multicolored clothing, making a navy handbag easier to integrate into an everyday wardrobe. The shiny gold hardware combined with the bag’s color gives it just a note of sailor-y fun; I’d suggest wearing it with wide-leg white linen pants and a cute tank. Buy through ShopBop for $198.

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