Friday, October 22, 2010

Buy This, Not That

Topshop Leather Piped Detail Satchel $100
Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Leather Satchel $1,595

If messenger bags are anywhere on your radar, I'm sure you've noticed this Proenza Schouler. It's rich color and soft leather would be hard to miss. When I start dreaming about this bag, I hear a little voice in my head saying something about "living within my means" (I can thank my dad for that advice). The Topshop bag is much more attainable and just as pretty, in my opinion. This just might be another item I'll add to my Christmas list. What's your take on messenger bags? Which one would you choose?

32 comments:

iloveyouvalentine said...

i love these looks for less!
definitely falling in love with messenger bags. they're also becoming more popular again.

Katie said...

Definitely save some money on this one!

Lindsay said...

Aww Dads are the best! Mine is the same way :) They look exactly the same girl, go with the Top Shop! SO Cute!

Chas said...

I've been eyeing that Topshop satchel for a while now, and the leather just looks so soft and buttery!

Gabriel said...

That is a serious bargain! What should we do with the $1500 that we just saved?!

Marcie said...

I am sure your dad is proud about his advice that sticks with you today! I actually like the cheaper one here (finally!), but I am sure the expensive one is sooo soft.

I really love messenger bags. I became fixated with them when traveling Europe about 5 years ago. I feel like everyone over there has them because they are so practical.

Have a great weekend!
M

Marcie said...

PS- Gabe's comment is hilarious. I think you should spend the $1500 at Burke Williams. How can I get Jimmy to see all the money I save him?

Alicia said...

As much as I LOVE the Proenza Schouler satchels I really do like the Topshop version as well... and the price tag is MUCH better! ;)

Annie said...

Oh wow, I love this bag. I would definitely go for the Topshop one :) Have an awesome weekend!! xo

Jamie said...

I love the topshop bag! It's not a style that I would use everyday so I think $100 makes much more sense!

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Julie-Inspired said...

I actually like the less expensive one better:) Have a great weekend!

Torrie said...

Valerie! I just wrote about you in my post. After a shopping trip in a [to-me] gigantic Forever 21 last night (and another all day solo trip a couple of weeks ago), I realized just how much your posts have been helping me. I wish I had you by my side to 'consult!'

Seriously, thank you. :)

this free bird said...

Valerie,

This is a serious find. The price difference is nuts and the Topshop bag is, in my opinion, nicer! Now if only we had a Topshop in this town...

Have a good weekend. I have eaten approximately half a dozen cookies this morning. Not pretty.

xoxo,
Carrie

Anna Walker said...

Agreed! :) I like the topshop one a lot! :)

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style'n said...

I love the TopShop satchel and love this series! I like messenger bags b/c you really can fit so much inside. I am a huge fan of larger bags and that's mostly what I have in my closet. I always struggle when it's time to go out at night b/c I don't have as many clutches and evening bags.
have a great weekend,
naina

Josie said...

I love the Topshop one! Such a good color and just as pretty, you're right! Adorable. Have a fab weekend, Valerie!
xo Josie
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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I'd have to go with the Topshop one. It's fabulous and so worth the price. Great find!

Happy weekend, sweetie xoxo

Amber Blue Bird said...

I think I like the top shop version more and not just because its cheaper

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

You know I love a beautiful bargain. I am LOVING messenger bags. This is a great item for your wishlist. =)
Have a wonderful weekend!

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I'd t take the Proenza one if E will buy it for me! Otherwise, good 'ol Topshop it is!

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Collette Osuna said...

LOVE the TopShop bag....you now have me thinking I really "need" this, lol....its a gorgeous bag...thanks for posting!


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Daisy said...

I love them! I have had a Levi's courderoy messenger bag since college and I'm obsessed

Jammer said...

Great great find! I actually think I like the topshop one better.

Punctuation Mark said...

i love to know that there are options to the ultra expensive... have a nice one!

heather yalin said...

I'd definitely choose the more affordable one within my means! You can buy plane tickets (for 2 even!) to some cool place and adventure for that price!

Diana Mieczan said...

I totally adore this bag and I would go with the Topshop one for sure:) Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday,sweetie

Samantha said...

I agree..the Topshop one is just as nice!! I'm more a fan of shoulder bags though. I lean towards black purses as big as tote bags!

-Samantha
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Ashley [Free Honey] said...

Both of these bags also bear a striking resemblance to the Mulberry Alexa bag as well. I saw the Topshop one in person last time I was there and it was pretty hard to resist.

xoxo, Ashley

Lyndsy said...

That topshop bag is awesome! Thanks for the tip!

Theresa said...

The Proenza bag is something I've been eyeing for a while! It's beyond gorgeous. A look-a-like will definitely be added to my wishlist. <3

Miranda said...

I've had my eye on that topshop bag. I love their site.

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Oh, My Darling said...

This type of leather is my absolute FAVORITE shade!