Affordable Alternatives to Chanel Handbags

As a handbag lover, buying my Chanel Classic Flap bag was the BEST feeling ever. But I had to wait a long time and save up a lot of money before making my purchase. Sometimes you want the LOOK of a Chanel bag, but you don’t want to spend so much. In today’s post – I’m sharing how to get the look of a Chanel bag for less.

How to get the look of a Chanel bag for less - my favourite budget-friendly Chanel-inspired lookalike bags

Read on for my favourite budget-friendly Chanel-inspired lookalike bags!

I’m a huge fan of Rebecca Minkoff bags – I currently own 4 different styles – and use each one a LOT! I’ve bought them on Amazon – which actually just relaunched their handbag store this week to offer the largest selection of handbags in Canada – and have spent between $100 – $300, depending on the discount I was able to score. I love the workmanship and quality of each bag – I use them heavily and never have to worry about them getting spoiled.

1) If you love the Chanel Classic Flap Bag, try the Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair

Comparing a Chanel Flap bag with a Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair

Left – Chanel bag / Right – Minkoff bag

2) If you love the Chanel Boy Bag, try the Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Love Crossbody
In a funny way, owning my Minkoff Quilted Affair bag made me realize that the Chanel Classic flap bag would be a good investment – because I used my Quilted Affair ALL the time! My Minkoff bag is the larger size (which is harder to find) and has dimensions similar to the Chanel Jumbo flap. The Quilted Affair is most frequently available in the popular mini size – and has colours to match ANY outfit!

Designer Dupes - Alternatives to Chanel Handbags - comparison of the Chanel Boy Bag and Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody Bag Mini
Minkoff Love Bag

I must admit I’m not the biggest fan of the Chanel Boy bag – I like the look of it – but not enough to spend thousands of dollars on it. Which is why I’m SO happy with the Minkoff Love Crossbody bag. It shares similar features to the Boy bag – such as the raised border around the flap, turnlock closure and partial leather strap – and is the cutest everyday bag.

3) If you love the Chanel Wallet on a Chain (WOC), try the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Love Crossbody

Comparing a Chanel WOC with a Minkoff Love bag

Left – Chanel bag / Right – Minkoff bag

Rebecca Minkoff bags aren’t just known for Chanel-influenced styles – although those seem to be the ones I favour! Two other popular styles include the Mini MAC (pictured below) and the MAB Mini tote (which is next on my wishlist!)I love Chanel WOCs – they’re the perfect size for evening bags – with just enough space for a phone, money and some makeup. You can wear the chain on your shoulder or tuck it inside to use as a clutch. Minkoff carries many smaller quilted bags that serve the same purpose as the WOC. My Love Quilted Mini Clutch (pictured above in red) may have been discontinued, but this Mini Love Crossbody is also an adorable alternative – although the dimensions are pretty tiny!

Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC in Almond
Minkoff Mini MAC

Do you own any Rebecca Minkoff bags? Which are your favourites?

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  1. Beautygirl 24
    May 9, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    I love Rebecca minkoff and agree that she has the best dupes for Chanel! It's so funny because I rarely wear my Chanel but it's obviously my most treasured item. I love bags I can throw around and with my Chanel, even though I've said in the past that I need to stop babying it, I haven't accomplished that goal!

  2. withwonderandwhimsy
    May 12, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    This is a great post with super helpful and personalized recommendations. I'm really liking that Quilted Love Crossbody from Rebecca Minkoff. I will keep her name in mind when shopping for bags!Liz

  3. TheNotSoGirlyGirl
    September 17, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    hmmm i love dupes but it's not the same. they don't feel the same… thye don't make you feel all luxurious and fancy! idk, that's just what i think! i buy a fancy bag because i want to feel fancy… TheNotSoGirlyGirl // Instagram // Facebook

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