High End designers v Zara
It’s not exactly a secret that when it comes to keeping up with trends that high street chain Zara is rarely a beat off the pace. I’m a big fan of Zara even though I do find the website a bit frustrating at times – I see that you’re going for editorial shoots but PLEASE just show me the clothes. You can find some real showstoppers and even a simple black top can often draw comments – that is the beauty of the Spanish brand. They are my go-to when I’m looking to refresh my wardrobe with a few key pieces without blowing my entire wage that month.
When it comes to bags, if you look carefully, you can also unearth gems which bear an uncanny resemblance to offerings from high end designers. A cursory glance and you might not even be able to spot the different. I’ve pulled together six looks below – from high end designers and high street store Zara. All are available now, but which bags do you prefer?
Interested? Let’s go.
Jimmy Choo v Zara
At £2,495, this Jimmy Choo Cloud pailette-embellished metal clutch has an eye-watering price tag. Compare it then, with this Beaded Minaudiere by Zara, which will set you back a mere £29.99 – almost a tenth of the price. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s not far off.
Anya Hindmarch v Zara
Anya Hindmarch’s Gold Crisp packet bag might be made out of 18ct gold but who has £60,000.00 down the back of the sofa to splurge on something like this? Not me, so enter this little number from Zara for a much more reasonable £15.99.
Chloe v Zara
Mark Cross v Zara
Everyone needs a black bag (or two) in their collection and this £1,685 Mark Cross glossy structured shoulder bag is a beauty. This black City Bag by Zara isn’t bad either for just £39.99 and comes with a top handle and crossbody strap.
Mansur Gavriel v Zara
Hands up who needs a bright red, sleek backpack in their life? Enter Mansur Gavriel, who have designed this stunning back for £550. Or you could go for Zara’s take on the backpack in this season’s colour, for the much more purse-friendly sum of £19.99.
Simon Miller v Zara
Simon Miller is reknowned for his leather bucket bags and they have achieved cult status. This mini version is £385. While not exactly the same as Miller’s ‘Bonsai’ style, this suede midi tote, retailing for £49.99, has a similar shape and vibe.
So there you have it. OK, so the Zara bags will be made from different materials, won’t have the same meticulous detail as the designer pieces, but if you’re keen to grab a bag that makes you look twice (while counting your pennies) then the Spanish giant might be the place to go.
What do you think? Are you out and out designer or does Zara’s high street offerings tickle your fancy? Or do you think the designer price tags are a waste of money and would prefer to stick with high street handbags? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.