The Bag Guide: Splurge or Save!

One of Team Mint Arrow's major goals is to help you buy all the nice things that you love at a price you can afford. Because that's what friends are for! (Anybody else hearing Dionne Warwick in their head right now and that Stevie Wonder harmonica solo? HA!). For some girls that means saving up for a LONG time to buy that one special bag you'll love for years and years. If you're wondering which bag to put on your wishlist, today's post might help sway you toward one!

At the same time, we know it's not in everyone (or a lot of people's) budgets to splurge on designer bags SO with each splurge bag that we love here, we're going to show you a pretty amazing dupe for less than $150. 

We all love a high-quality bag and it's within your budget we think they're totally splurge worthy!! A good, high quality bag is an investment piece you can literally use for years because they hold up so so well!

Blue velvet dress sold out, similar
Crossbody bag
Photos by Arielle Levy

Corrine had her eye on this nude YSL quilted crossbody wallet for several years before she finally added it to her wardrobe. And it has gotten plenty of use! One of our biggest splurge hacks is to spend your pennies on a neutral that you can wear over and over again to make the investment worth it. She has worn it here, here, and here! This can also be a major pro if you decide you're tired of a certain style and want to sell it because these bags usually have an amazing resale value!!

If you're loving this quilted chain crossbody wallet idea but not the price tag, this dupe is pretty amazingly similar and really cute! The best part is, it's only $39!

Ate Cake for Breakfast pullover sold out, similar
Joggers sold out, similar
Nikes
Neverfull Tote

Probably Corrine's MOST USED splurge bag is her Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM. Neil bought this for her as a Christmas gift a few of years ago and she's amazed at how well its held up after a zillion outings and trips all over the world!  We all LOVE this tote because it's GIGANTIC and you can sneak another small handbag inside of it to zip up little things into, like a wallet or lipgloss or whatever, and then in the bigger tote part you can shove a book, a water bottle, a sweater, a scarf–anything else you need easy access to on a plane, or in the car on a road trip. It's also the perfect bag to take to the movies because you can take a blanket (haha yes we're serious!) into the theater without looking like a weirdo because they always love to PUMP the AC in the movies.

Although Corrine has used her Louis Vuitton Neverfull to death and she loves it so much, she's also LOVED this large tote for years and has owned and gifted it in several colors. It's only $49 and holds up SO well after tons of use!


Parajumpers Long Bear Down Jacket (ON SALE!)
Favorite leggings
Sorel Slimpack Riding Tall II Boot

This Chanel double flap bag is Corrine's most recent splurge. She's been very careful with it and hasn't worn it out too many times because it's so expensive and she doesn't plan on wearing it a ton for blog pictures, because she knows it's crazy expensive and not very relatable. Corrine posted a picture of it on the blog for the first time here because she wore it to NYFW, where she kind of figured if she had a nice bag on her she could get away with wearing leggings and boots and a down coat to a runway show! HA!

Of all the bags Corrine has ever owned, this is the one she wanted for the longest time. She looked at it in Paris with Neil a couple years ago, and in New York every time she was in Soho near the Chanel store. On her birthday one year Neil finally talked her into getting it since she had saved for it for so long. You can read articles about how a Chanel double flap bag is supposedly a better investment than real estate (haha) but obviously that's not a good enough reason to just buy this bag! But it does help to know it's a solid investment piece and they actually really do hold their value.

*tip: if you're ever traveling to Europe and you're going to buy a Chanel bag anyway, BUY IT IN EUROPE! You'll spend less there on the face value of the bag AND you can get the VAT tax money back (basically like a refund on your sales tax) in the airport if you ask the Chanel store to provide you with the paperwork and hold on to your receipt. There's tons of info online on how to do this so we won't get too deep into it but Corrine has done this with other designer purchases and it definitely works!

If you're DYING to own a Chanel double flap bag but you can't or don't want to spend the cash, this is a great dupe for only $59!


Ruffle Sweater sold out, similar
High Waisted Jeans 44% off!
Black Satchel
Photos by Arielle Levy

This Givenchy satchel is another splurge that has gotten more than its value in wear and tear over the years. Corrine first fell in love at a NYFW when she borrowed one from a ShopStyle event to take to a few shows and wear in some outfit pictures, and was so sad when she had to return it haha!

But this is also prob our favorite dupe of this whole post because you can get a nearly identical one here for $66.95!


Similar thermal tops
Similar scarf
Skinny denim sold out, similar
Saddle bag
OTK boots sold out, similar
Photos by Jessa Kae

On the expensive end, we really really love this medium size Chloe saddle bag. It's the perfect medium size to just carry around your wallet, sunnies, lipgloss, phone and keys. But this dupe is so pretty and such a great steal under $50!

Black Pompom Beanie (sold out, similar)
Fleece Jacket
Jeans
MZ Wallace tote
Photo by Emmy Lowe

And last but not least, the most affordable of Corrine's splurges is this MZ Wallace Tote! This is the ultimate EVERYTHING bag because it squishes into the smallest corner of your suitcase and pops out looking perfect, it wipes clean, has removable zipper pockets on the inside, can go with you to the beach and workouts and is seen in the hippest places from New York to LA. We could not love this bag more! AND guess what – we just found you a dupe that's on sale for $89!!!

We've rounded up all these splurge and save bags for you to see and compare below. We hope this helps you either pick out your dream bag and start saving, or grab a dupe that you can use right now and love!!

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Jenna Johnson:

I would love the brand of velvet dress that is posted in the “Bag guide” first picture.
I realize it is out of stock but would appreciate it for future reference.

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kourtney:

Hi! The brand is FELICITY & COCO. Hope that helps! -Kourtney

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