Look for Less: The Satchel

I have to say, I’m not big on purses. I love messenger bags or cross body bags, or better yet, backpacks. All I need is a bag that’s easy, simple, yet still stylish, which can hold all my books.

However, a few months ago I bought a nice big leather tote purse that has dark brown handles and details and a cream leather body. And I have to say, I love it! I can stuff so much stuff in it, so it’s great for school or travelling, etc. After getting used to carrying a purse around, I decided I would search for a new bag that’s not too fancy, yet not as casual as my usual over-the-shoulder grab-and-go bag.

Thus, I’ve had my eyes on the recently exploding trend, the satchel.

Due to the popularity of brands like Proenza Schouler and Mulberry, the satchel has been coveted by many, including me.

Mulberry Satchel: $1450

Proenza Schouler Medium Leather bag: $1595

Unfortunately, you need to spend serious amounts of cash for these bags (thousands of dollars…do the prices of these brand name purses still surprise you too? They still seem outrageous to me). So, I looked up some similar styles that are reasonable, yet are still of decent quality.

Check them out: (Not exactly the cheapest bags, but still, you wouldn’t want to sacrifice quality for Walmart-worthy prices).

Urbanoutfitters, Cooperative Turnlock Satchel, $69

Topshop, £40.00 suede satchel

Steve Madden, Bbryn Satchel, $88

River Island, Canvas Flap Satchel, $68.32

Asos, Clean Line Double Buckle Satchel, $36.93

ASOS,  Casual Buckle Satchel, $38.78

~ Jennifer


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