Sublime Summer Fashion Under $500 is Harper’s Bazaar’s way of getting recession-era real, I gather.
There’s a significant amount of overpriced ridiculousness (the $295.00 Yves Saint Laurent Playing Cards and Case; the $79.00 Lanvin Tassel Keychain – COME ON). There’s a piss-poor attempt to think outside the designer box (the totally meh $49.50 GAP Canvas Tote – aren’t fashion editrixes supposed to have discerning taste?).
There’s also a tempting Chloe Bag.
At $490.00, the Chloe Grey Leather Shoulder Purse isn’t something I’d personally purchase, but it’s not as ludicrous as most glossy-endorsed premium designer bags either. It’s classic, practical, versatile – there’s not a whole lot to argue with. Unless, of course, one could snag a similar bag from an equally coveted designer for less.
This Authentic Vintage Louis Vuitton Capuchin Bag is currently selling for $350.00 on Etsy. (I’m pretty sure ‘Capuchin’ means baby monkey, which is kind of sick and wrong. Then again, one could rationalize this purchase as putting another’s heartless mistake to good use. Whatever. The bag is effing gorgeous.)
The LV probs retailed for at least a grand once upon a time, yet its vintage price is STILL less than its new Chloe counterpart’s.
There’s always a gently-worn alternative, even at the splurgy poo level. I’m just saying.