How many Chanel-“inspired” bags have we seen that are ultimately nothing more than blatant knockoffs? Thank you, Elie Tahari, for getting us out of our tweed-and-chainstrap rut. You’ve given us the total Chanel vibe with none of the copycat trappings. The “Emory” shoulder bag is a Frugal Snob find that is sure to go a long way. Taking multi-tonal bluish-gray straw, weaving it perfectly and then laminating it, gives it the look of leather – or even the double-C’s tweed – without the lofty price.
A twofold chain-strap for sufficient support, mixed hardware, and naturalistic variation in weave, color, and texture give the handbag a rich look (and even an almost metallic effect). Embrace the irregularities – they only add to the deluxe air – and take it out to a nice lunch with the girls or on a date with your cutie. On Shopbop for $298
Pair with: What’s a classic handbag without a set of pearls? Since your bag has a twist, so should your jewels. Lauren Sigman‘s stacked pearl bracelet reads like a cuff and the golden charms complete the cheeky look. Lauren Sigman Pearl Stacking Bracelets, $440-$590.