High vs. Low: Leopard Print Bag

High vs. Low: Leopard BagsHigh: Clare V. Supreme Haircalf Fold Over Clutch, $275; Low: Sole Society ‘Tasia’ Print Foldover Clutch, $39.95


When it comes to our wardrobe budget, figuring out where to spend vs. where to save is a unique challenge. One person’s splurge is another persons save, but we all have our limits, some just broader than others. For this series, we’ll offer options on both ends of the spectrum and let you decide.

Today, we’re comparing these two leopard print bags, that are virtually identical except for price.  This week’s items are courtesy of our web and graphic designer, Lauren, who is apparently on a post baby online shopping spree. We often send notes back and forth, questioning if something is too much, or if we’ll wear it frequently enough for it to be worthwhile.  My emails often end with, “I don’t know who I think I am, or why I think I have money for this.” The struggle is real.

As you know, I’m a big fan of subtle leopard print used as a neutral. I love it on shoes, belts and of course, bags. A leopard clutch is the kind of staple that you may not have in your wardrobe, but once you get it, you wonder how you lived without it for so long.

Clare V. makes some of the most gorgeous and sought after bags in the industry. They are a staple with all the fancy blogger girls, so, of course, they are rather expensive. It’s been my experience that the better the designer and higher the price point, the more sophisticated the print. There is nothing worse than a cheapo looking leopard print. (Well, there’s a lot worse, but you know what I’m saying.) The problem is at almost $300 it’s more than the average American car payment. Which seems like a lot for a bag you are not going to use multiple times a week. Of course, if this is in your budget, go for it. It’s high quality, and you’ll get good use out of it for years.

On the other hand, this Sole Society option is virtually identical and only $40. The decision all comes down to how often will you use it and where are you going. In my case, I would use it frequently, so I would technically get a good price per wear out of the Clare V., but the decision for me comes down to where I would carry it. In my world, of kids with sticky fingers, and nights that often end at the neighborhood dive bar, the Sole Society bag is a no-brainer.

What do you think, would you spend or save?

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Just an FYI: Nordstrom is saying that the Sole Society Tasia clutch is back ordered until January. I ordered it anyway yesterday and I received notification that it shipped today. Not sure if I was just blessed by the bag gods or if that’s a glitch on their site.

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