Review | Chloe Drew Bag Dupe (£1,190 vs £24)

Every fashionista has the infamous Chloe Drew Bag.  This comes to no surprise: the unique saddle shape and subtle gold hardware makes it extremely eye-catching.  I've sought after this handbag since the day it came out but the 4 figure price tag has caused me to lean away. At the end of the day, I am only a student and cannot justify that kind of expenditure on an accessory.  Nevertheless, the stylist yet preppy silhouette of this purse hasn't stopped me from exploring the internet for some lucky discounted finds.  After literally months of searching, I've found the most ideal dupe.  I withheld for sometime as I had invested in a gorgeous baby pink Ted Baker bag about a year ago which is my all time favourite.  Thus, although only 24 pounds, I didn't think I should purchase another accessory for a while.  However, one day I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had gotten the SheIn Saddle Bag (Chloe Drew Bag dupe) as an early Christmas present from my close friend Tim and couldn't wait to post my thoughts on my blog here for you all to read!

1) Appearance

The material of the bag is poly synthetic leather (PU).  It is made to look and feel like genuine leather but it tends to wear quicker and is more malleable. It has the same speckled texture as the original Chloe Drew Bag to add dimension and look less flat.  Many people claim the bag feels very cheap and 'horrendous' to quote but to me it feels completely normal.  It is almost comparable to bags you can find on the high street such as H and M, Forever 21, and River Island to name a few.

The centre gold hardware clasp is evidently crooked which is a fault you wouldn't see in the original.  Personally for said reason, if I had known this and seen the bag in person, I would argue that 24 is quite steep due to such an evident flaw.  This is the main and biggest negative point.  It's quite agitating but near to impossible to assume via the website's pictures which look immaculate.  It is the only thing that would prevent me from buying the bag had I seen this in person.

On the note of the gold hardware, it is a matte finish which personally does not appeal to me in comparison to the shiny finish of the Chloe Drew Bag.  I am looking into going over it with shine polish to give the bag more oomph.  In addition, I didn't like how many individuals advise tying the chain around the handle.  I felt this seemed too make-shift so instead I stuck the ends of the chain inside the bag's handle as seen which is tight enough and remains sturdy.  In addition, there are signs of uneven screwing during the manufacturing on the inside of the bag on the clasp.  This is very minor as it is undetectable when the bag is closed.

The color is as depicted above.  It is the perfect nude baby pink with warm undertones which allows it to work well with a spectrum of shades and colors.  I adore the color very much which was one of the reasons I kept awing and ooh-ing at the handbag.

The stitching is thicker and more predominant compared to the Chloe Drew Bag but it is clean with no loose strings.

2) Functionality 

The size is arguably quite small.  The dimensions given are:
  • Length: 7.5 inches
  • Width: 3.1 inches 
  • Height: 7.1 inches
  • Strap Length: 47.2 inches. 
The original small Chloe Drew Bag dimensions: 
  • Width: 3.1 inches
  • Height: 8.3 inches
  • Length: 9.3 inches
  • Strap Length: 39.4 inches

Evidently, to no surprise, the volume of the Chloe Drew Bag in Small is greater than the SheIn dupe.  The SheIn dupe works well for casual everyday if you plan on just carrying the essentials (phone, lipgloss, hand cream, keys) but has no room for a huge wallet or an excessive amount of makeup or goods.  Therefore, it is good for running quick errands and packing light. I do not feel the size is something that is too difficult to work around. There is a small pouch present at the back of the handbag on the interior where one can put spare cash or cards.  

When I use the bag, the small clasp at the front tends to fall out quite easily and quickly whilst walking.  Therefore, it is highly sensitive to movement.  I am unsure of this is the same with the original Chloe Drew Bag but as I find that quite frustrating I tend to leave the clasp vertical rather than horizontal.  This still keeps the bag closed if you fear it opening unnecessarily.  It is still very secure.  You do lose the horizontal aesthetic but as it kept falling out it was more irritating than it was fashionable.  

Overall rating
Appearance: 8/10
Functionality: 6/10 
Overall: 7/10 

I would highly recommend you purchasing this bag whether it be for yourself or another person because at the end of the day it is a fair duplicate if you cannot afford spending over one grand on an accessory.  It is a stunning bag I imagine myself getting a lot of use from.  If you are stumped on what to get your friends or family for a Christmas present and know they are into fashion then this could be a lovely gift (especially younger girls that are still in school - you don't need to flaunt designer bags in your teens!).  

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