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I’m a fashion expert – how to get a ‘Prada bag’ for $1,460 less using my Zara hack

A CLEVER fashionista has shared her trick for turning a cheap Zara tote into her own personalized “Prada” bag – for nearly $1,500 less.

Bella Gerard was obsessed with a Prada raffia tote, but now she’s figured out how to get the same style, Prada logo and all, for a bargain — and it’s not a knockoff.

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A clever fashionista has shared her trick for turning a cheap Zara tote into her own personalized ‘Prada’ bag – for almost $1,500 less1 credit
Bella Gerard said she's been obsessed with an expensive raffia Prada tote since last year - and this year's version is $1,790

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Bella Gerard said she’s been obsessed with an expensive raffia Prada tote since last year – and this year’s version is $1,790credit“>1 credit

New York-based fashion editor Bella has been coveting Prada’s raffia beach tote bags since last summer, when they were priced at $1,650 each – but she “couldn’t justify the price”.

This year, the designer brought the style back, but now for a whopping $1,790.

“When they brought it back this year, I was really stressed because I was like, am I going to buy this? I hate myself,” she said.

Instead, she picked up a pink and orange raffia beach bag from Zara for just $35.90 — and added a twist.

“I think it’s awesome on its own, I love the colors, but I remembered buying this little brooch from Prada for my birthday,” she said.

Prada is selling the enamel triangle pins with Saffiano trim in green, black, orange and yellow for $295 each.

“I put it on, and damn c**p. I literally think it looks so good, I just can’t decide which spot I prefer [the brooch] inside,” Bella said.

In total, her Zara bag and Prada brooch cost $330.90 – $1,459.10 less than the Prada bag she was eyeing.

“I guess I could have bought a counterfeit, but it’s not my thing, and it’s something I have. I think it’s really fun and unique, and kind of a nod eye to the bag that I have a bit of a crush on,” she said. .

The fashion fan also picked up an H&M bag in a neutral straw color and also tried on the pin.

“It’s not even about faking anyone,” she said. “I’d love to tell someone how much money I saved.”

She has an enamel Prada brooch that she can put on other cheaper bags

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She has an enamel Prada brooch that she can put on other cheaper bags1 credit
The pins are available in multiple colors and cost $295 each

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The pins are available in multiple colors and cost $295 each1 credit

Commenters called his bag hack “awesome”, “creative”, “awesome” and “such a good idea”.

“Oooh you really just did something because I’m about to put my Chanel brooch on mine!” wrote one.

“I like your version better than the original!” gushed another TikTok fan.

This week, Neil Shankar, a 25-year-old TikTok user from Berkeley, Calif., shared clips of Bella’s video on his own page, calling it an “infinite Prada bag hack.”

“The luxury brand’s playbook is to put your logo on something and charge for it, but Prada is just selling its logo,” he said.

“They basically say, if you want to be a Prada girl, the buy-in is $300,” he added, his video gaining three-quarters of a million views in just three days.

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Hazel J. Edmonds

The author Hazel J. Edmonds