Splurge vs Steal: 9 Fur Handbags & Their Faux Furry Doppelgangers

Faux fur has come a long way from looking cheap and feeling coarse, to looking luxurious and feeling nearly as supple as the real deal. While some people don’t mind wearing fur, others cringe at the thought, which is why the faux fur industry is booming. And while understandably, real fur is warm, faux fur is often woven with synthetics like nylon and polyester that keep you toasty as well. However, today, I’m talking fur and faux fur handbags, and unless you’re also using them as a muff to keep your hands warm, we are more concerned with looks and functionality rather than temperature control.

Fur handbags have been popping up on all the luxury sites so I thought I’d search the web for some more affordable doppelgangers for those who not only are appalled by the real stuff, but by the sky high price tags they come with.

  • Splurge vs Steal: Faux vs Fur Handbags 1 of 10
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    Flip through and shop 9 fabulous fur handbags and their affordable faux fur doppelgangers.

  • Furry Leopard Satchels 2 of 10
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    While these two leopard print accented satchels aren't exactly twin sisters, they both have a nice mix of leather and fur (or faux leather and fur) for a classic yet edgy design.

     

    SAINT LAURENT Fur-Trimmed Classic Duffel 6 on sale for $2699 at Barneys NY

    River Island Leopard Print Faux Fur Quilted Bag $90.75 at Asos

  • Cool Black Haired Clutches 3 of 10
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    Alexander McQueen skull clutches have become iconic classics in the fashion world and there are tons of doppelgangers.  But this soft black faux fur clutch with knuckles clasp is a major steal and fabulous to boot.

     

    Alexander McQueen Nero black rabbit fur 'Classic Skull' clutch $3195 at FarFetch

    Ceprano Faux Fur Knuckles Clutch $24.49 at Aldo

  • I’ve Got the Midnight Fur Blues 4 of 10
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    These are two of my favorites! This midnight blue looks gorgeous in leathers and furs and even though I tend to lean toward the real one here, the price is beyond fathomable and makes the faux version even more eye-catching.  The reverse side is solid faux fur.

     

    VALENTINO Mink Fur/Lizard Clutch in Blue $8595 at StyleBop

    ASOS Faux Fur Cross Body Bag With Double Zip $63.52 at Asos

  • Luxe Furry Hobos 5 of 10
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    While this faux fur hobo isn't exactly inexpensive, it still pales in comparison to the vintage patchwork fox hobo, though admittedly, the real deal does look a bit more luxurious in this case, while the steal has a bit of a stuffed animal feel.

     

    Patchwork Fox Hobo on sale for $1500 at Tod's

    Limi Feu Faux Fur Hobo $476 at La Garconne

  • Shaggy Black Baguettes 6 of 10
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    Saint Laurent's shaggy black alpaca fur bag accented with the label's signature gold metal logo, reminds me a little of a Sesame Street character, so I'd rather go for the gold tassel design with a little less furry detail.

     

    Fur Crossbody on sale for $1360 at Matches Fashion

    Faith Faux Fur Mini Shoulder Bag $63.52 at Asos

  • Furry Leopard Clutches 7 of 10
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    Leopard print furry clutches are a great wardrobe accessory staple, and while they will always be chic and stylish, spending a fortune on one isn't exactly necessary when there are so many great dupes.

     

    Saint Laurent Courtney Marmotta Fur Clutch on sale for $2796 at LuisaViaRoma

    Juicy Couture Hollywood Hills Faux Fur Clutch $128 at Shopbop

  • Pony Hair Top Handles 8 of 10
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    I actually think both of these black-haired totes are nice, but sadly the pony hair feature makes me cringe a little, as well as the price, so I'd opt for the steal in a heartbeat. 

     

    Nina Ricci Black Pony Tote on sale for $2231.79 at FarFetch

    Faux Pony Fur Handbag $40 at Mango

  • Woodsy Fur Shoulder Bags 9 of 10
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    Both of these wintery woodsy shoulder bags are sophisticated as well as cozy, but I actually like that the fur on the steal goes all the way around vs the splurge, which is just on one side.

     

    Marni Castorino Fur Convertible Backpack on sale for $1449 at Saks

    Suede & Faux Fur Hobo $139 at C Wonder

  • Leather and Fur Combos 10 of 10
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    Well, here's one splurge that's got me drooling. This vintage Givenchy Pandora satchel is gorgeous, yet considerably out of budget.  I'm not sure I'd opt for the steal, however, i do really like the shape and the rich color tones.

     

    Givenchy Pandora Medium Satchel on sale for $1485 at BBOS Private Sale

    My Flat In London Pasha Tote $395 at Zappos

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