Friday, February 13, 2015

The Look For Less: Bucket Bags

The bucket bag is THE most coveted accessory for the season.  It's easy to see why--they're incredibly chic (especially in classic black), and they hold everything you could possibly need to take with you for a busy day. The idea is fantastic and I really want to get one for myself ASAP (hint, hint)!

Here's a little history: ever since Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bag became the latest “It” bag a little while back, there have been no shortage of copycats and lookalikes. Cheap brands, as well as well-known higher end designers like Michael Kors and Phillip Lim jumped on the bucket bag bandwagon. I can't say I blame them.

The latest designer to released a Mansur-esque bucket bag? Kenneth Cole. It's the closest thing I've seen to the real deal thus far, and I absolutely love it. From the drawstring closure to the gold printed brand name, this one is truly like a spitting image of the original.  I am a huge Kenneth Cole fan anyway; the brand is within my budget, but it's designer-y enough to make me feel a little rich when I carry anything from their line.

The question is: can you tell the pictured bags apart? Which looks more expensive?

I'll help you out. On the left is the Kenneth Cole Dover Street Bucket Bag ($178), and on the right is the Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag ($625).

Pretty crazy price difference, right?!

I think both bags look great, but honestly when they look this similar, I'm definitely one to go for the cheaper option.

Happy bargain hunting!

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