Five Fashionable Ways to Spend Less on a Spring Bag

Forget the costly Chenel bag, find a fashionable yet cheap bag for spring!

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So, You Still Want a $1,000 Bag?

Five ways to talk yourself out of it, fashionably

-Lois Joy Johnson

Victoria BeckhamAs a reformed Chanel and YSL addict, I’ve made some pretty insane splurges on ‘IT’ bags. But what could possibly justify Victoria Beckham owning over a hundred Hermes Birkin bags? At $5,000 to $15,000 a pop, that’s a long-term relationship in fashion terms. My cost-per-wear theory and a fondness for sensible bags in neutral colors save me from guilt trips, but what’s her story?!

Spring is bag-shifting season for all fashionistas. As we get ready to empty our black leather winter bags, let’s be honest about our goals. Do you want a status-symbol bag that conveys the idea you’re rich, stylish and a borderline celebrity? Or do you just want a great bag – no I.D. necessary?

No lying here, I know how friends can be brutally snobbish and how a designer bag elevates whatever H & M or Gap clothes you may be wearing to couture status. The gloomy economic forecast kind of puts things into perspective, but we’ve all learned a tough lesson about greed lately and where it gets you. I’m whining over the Gucci Jackie hobo in coral and its $3,100 price tag myself, so I feel your pain.

But you can get a less-expensive bag boost for spring. Check out these five great styles under $350 — grab them before they’re gone!

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