Save Vs Splurge: Designer Bags - Sunflowers and Stilettos

Save Vs Splurge: Designer Bags

July 12, 2016

My first job was working as a waitress at Vincent’s, a local Italian restaurant/pizza joint when I was 16 years old. While I was fortunate enough to have my parents support me growing up [financially and emotionally], earning my own money was something that made me feel good. The process of wanting something, saving for it, and then purchasing it was and still is extremely rewarding. I haven’t always made the smartest decisions and have certainly treated myself to one too many things. But hey… you live and you learn, right?

Now, I have to face the facts that I’m 31 years old, married, have a baby, and have to deal with real life adult shit stuff: life insurance, retirement funds, pre-school tuition…ya know, the real sexy things in life. Plus, Casey and I are house hunting, so while I may really want a new designer bag, I definitely don’t need it. And that’s exactly what I tell myself every time I leave Bloomingdales empty handed [insert frowning emoji here].

I’m not into buying fake purses pretending to be the real deal, but I am all for buying something from a no name brand or less expensive designer that looks similar [and sometimes even identical] to the original, high end design. It’s one of the reasons why I love Steve Madden shoes so much! They make the best copies of designer shoes for a much more affordable price.

So, without further ado, here are some great Save vs Splurge options for your favorite designer bags!

Save vs Splurge designer bags

1. Save  //  Splurge

2. Save  //  Splurge

3. Save  //  Splurge

4. Save  //  Splurge


Which one is your favorite?! Tell me in the comments below!

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  • Reply Annaliese July 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I’m also a fan of bag dupes- these are great picks!!

    xoxo A

  • Reply Jessica July 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I love this! Designer handbags can be so expensive! It is nice to be able to have cheaper options that still follow the trends.
    xo Jessica

  • Reply Taylor July 13, 2016 at 10:08 am

    So many great options!! Love! xo

  • Reply Nicole Leffew July 13, 2016 at 10:17 am

    I love this post. I love how real you are! These dupes are amazing! I need that Chloe dupe! It’s crazy how identical they look!

  • Reply Anna July 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Great pick Jaime!!! Love them all! xo ~Anna

  • Reply cindy July 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I am a fan of dupes too! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!!


  • Reply Tiffani at Breton Bay July 13, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Love this post!! I am all about making the investment every couple of years on a handbag that is timeless, but there are so many I still covet that are more trendy and I can’t justify spending so much money. That’s where the “dupes” come in for me too!!


  • Reply Heather July 13, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Ahh, being an adult. Isn’t it so much fun?! Haha! I love the bags you shared! Especially the little pink quilted one. Super cute! I will have to check out the Shopbop sale. Didn’t know this was happening, so thanks for sharing! Also, good luck on the house hunting! Such a process, but definitely worth every penny in the end!

  • Reply Ruthie July 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    This was such a good post!!! I am all about spending money every once in a while on a good bag, but dupes all the way in between!!!

  • Reply Angelle Marix July 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    These are great dupes!! I did buy my CV leopard clutch but usually rather save my money. Love all of these choices!!


  • Reply Lacey July 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

    These dupes are AMAZING!!! Seriously such great finds. Thanks for sharing!

    xo Lacey

  • Reply Brianne George July 15, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Great dupes!! They still look like pretty good quality!

    Xo, Brianne

  • Reply Stephanie July 15, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Love this post! I’m all about some designer duper. 🙂

    xO – Steph

  • Reply Thanh July 15, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Great save or splurge post! I’ve been eyeing the CV Leo clutch for a while myself!

  • Reply Bree July 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Bag dupes are so great, I’m a huge fan! Such an awesome round up 🙂

    xo Bree

  • Reply Brittani July 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    This post is seriously life changing! Best. Post. Ever!


  • Reply Tanvi Rastogi July 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Great finds. Thanks for sharing.

    ∞ © ∞

  • Reply Alicia July 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Great finds! These are all spot on!

  • Reply Stesha July 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Love this dale, great finds!


  • Reply Candace July 15, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    You ROCK! I’m gonna snag the Chloe drew dupe for sure : )



  • Reply Brittany July 18, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Love these picks, I’ve been eyeing that Chloe dupe! It’s perfect for fall!


    Brittany || The Everyday B.

  • Reply Adaleta Avdic July 18, 2016 at 11:59 am

    These are legitimately looking IDENTICAL to the designer versions, you did so good by finding these! xx Adaleta Avdic

  • Reply Karen July 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Always love a good deal! Great picks!


  • Reply Sam July 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I hate facing reality and real life stuff.. your dupes are fabulous and great alternatives to the real deal!

    xx Sam |The Heart of the House

  • Reply Latisha July 19, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Love them all!

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