A lot of people stay away from the monogram version because of the vachette leather bottom, which is a bit high maintenance. But I don't think it's a dated bag. In fact the Alma (in all versions) is my ultimate favorite bag made by Louis Vuitton.
No , not at all . I LOVE the Alma . I have two of them . One DE in PM , one bb in EE . I did shy away from the Monogram version only because of the all vachetta bottom . I felt it was just to much for me to care for and keep clean . But over all I feel the Alma monogram is a classic and stunning bag