Call it the thrill of the hunt. Sometimes it’s almost more fun – it’s definitely more satisfying – to sniff out a good bargain. And you’re likely to end up dressing with more character, as your forced to use some innovation. A Frugal Snob isn’t cheap – she is someone who is savvy, not financially strapped. We all know savvy is more than just financial sense; it tends to spill over into style, too. Looking like you’ve got “it” is all on the inside, and flaunting “it” is in your posture, not your bag.
With that knowledge in your back pocket, you can freely rock out bags others might foolishly pass over, just because they’re not on the ground floor of Barneys. Here’s a toast to the Frugal Snobs, and the top five bags that speak their language!
I love my animal prints, and I will wear them anyway they come. As long as the spots are spot-on, you won’t hear me complain. Still, who knew J. Crew could allure me with such a cute bag? They’ve got ladylike down pat, a turnlock closure doesn’t hurt, and using calf-hair for the flap does justice to the spots. At J. Crew for $448.
2) Diane von Furstenberg “Tonda” Ostrich Embossed Leather Convertible Clutch:
Faux or fake, I love the texture of ostrich. When it’s in a juicy bright with a unique clasp, like Diane von Furstenberg’s blackberry clutch, it has my name written all over it. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $375.
Falchi has been making snakeskin-effect microfiber totes for ages, especially in foil-like metallics. But in the right style – laid-back and no fuss – this mega-watt silver is majorly hot, especially with the contrasting straps. If the lightning-bold hue doesn’t grab you, the price should. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $220.
4) Rebecca Minkoff Washed Denim Cheetah “Cherish” Tote:
Denim on denim is delightful when your bag is in a peppy cheetah pattern. Pairing this oversized Minkoff tote bag with casual everyday jeans would be way chic. On ShopBop for $95.
5) MICHAEL Michael Kors Printed Shiny Python Shopper Tote:
A tote so sleek and slim is just the right size for my laptop or iPad (not both at once – too heavy to lug!). With a simple sheath and flats, in neutral shades of camel or black, you might as well audition to appear in Michael Kors’ next ad. On Luisa Via Roma for $341.