Oh I do love a new bag! Like every other blogger and their great aunty Maureen, I’ve always been pretty taken by the infamous Zara City Bag. However, no matter how amazing it looks on everyone else, I always felt it was a bit too big for my needs, and just looked like a briefcase on me – waaaaahhhhh!! So when I saw this amazing dupe – the Miss Chantal bag in Clarks, I was very excited – especially as it was £20 cheaper – only £39.99.
You may recognise this bad boy from my birthday wish list I posted earlier this year, and a couple of weeks ago I decided to treat myself! Despite the weather getting warmer and brighter, I decided to go for classic black so it will see me through many seasons to come. It does however come in tan / python print and white / tan combinations too, but the prices have been hiked up to £50 so I’m guessing they’ve proven to be pretty popular. I hate it when brands do that!!
Like the Zara City Bag, the Miss Chantal is an organisers dream! Lots of lovely pockets and compartments to keep everything neat and tidy. The main body compartment has a zip lock, which is an essential I look for in a bag, to keep out rain and keep my stuff safe on the Tube. There are also two thinner open compartments on either side of this. All three sections are wide enough to fit A4 paper in, and I can fit my 14 inch laptop in the zippered section – so it is perfect for work. The bag also stays quite slim when not completely full which is great as there’s nothing worse than an empty bulky bag! Inside the main body there is also the standard smaller zip pocket mobile phone pouch. The inside lining is a regal deep purple which is pretty yet subtle, and again very nice for work.
Whilst it’s not real leather, the Miss Chantal bag is a pretty good imitation – with a lovely crackled effect and not too much of that shiny pleather look. It also has lovely luxe detailing with gold hardware on the handles and a cute over-top strap and large buckle. Miss Chantal (as I shall call her!) also has a studded bottom (saucy!) to help protect the base of the bag.
My favourite feature of Miss Chantal is the multiple ways of wearing it. As well as the short grab handles, the bag also has a long strap for wearing over the shoulder or across body. This again is something I usually look for in a bag, so I can chuck it on my shoulder so I’ve got my hands free when standing on the Tube or when I’m carrying far too much in my many compartments, making it too heavy to carry.
What other bargain bags should be on my radar (and in my wardrobe!) Let me know in the comments below.
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