Do It For Less #1

13 May

Box Bag

This is a new and exciting series I’ve come up with. So every now and then I’d try and feature a trend that you could do it for less, or at least lesser than luxury brands!

For the first of the series, I’ll share my love and passion for this box bag trend. Essentially I think it’s a late 60s-early 70s trend brought back to life, much like most of the other trends we have. I still remember my mum used to rock her box bags everywhere when I was younger.

My bag crush for this trend has got to be the Celine box/flap bag, it is so timeless and chic. It does remind me of the Hermes Constance bag which is considered as vintage. I think both bags are gorgeous and the best part of it all, they embrace colours!

source: Céline
source: Céline

Now, if you’re like me, love to have a variety of bags for different outfits but sadly broke 😦 then maybe you could take the style of bag as inspiration and find a cheaper alternative. That way, you could probably buy 2/3 bags instead of just splurging on one designer bag. But of course, if you’re lusting over the Celine bag as much as I have, and you have the bank account for it, by all means buy it….and maybe you’re generous enough to buy me one too 🙂 my birthday is everyday hehe.


The beautiful Hermes Constance

I’ve found a few bags that are about the same style if not similar, at a lesser price point. Some of the bags still oozes the vintage 60s/70s look, but would probably be of different shapes and sizes.

Here are some choices if you want to do this trend for less;

1. Zara

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3. Miss Selfridge

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There are probably more bags out there but I’ve only managed to select these few just to give you an idea where they could potentially be. Another good idea is to “thrift” it, that means you should go to your nearest vintage/thrift store and most probably you’ll find these type of bags flooding the store.

My favourite place to find these type of bags would be none other than my mum’s closet. Yes, I’ve fully raided her closet and found myself 3 bags that were of this particular style, thank god she takes care of her bags so they did not look worn out at all! I’ve happily added it to my collection of bags. So raid your mum’s closet today, she’d be more than happy to learn you appreciate her sense of style back when she was rocking big hair and big shoulder pads 🙂

Something to try: Tuck the straps into the bag and make it into a chic clutch bag!

source: Céline

p/s: ASOS is still having a FREE worldwide delivery. I’m sensing this will be permanent? Check how I rated my ASOS purchase here.

Have a good weekend!


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