Investing in a designer bag is something that every fashion lady does at one point in her life. Mostly because every fashion lady knows that adding something as special as a designer handbag to their outfit can elevate it to a whole new level. (Yes, even if your outfit isn’t that flash…or your just popping out to the shops!)
You see, accessories can make your ensemble, they’ll last for years to come and we bet the first time you really do run out and splurge on your first designer handbag will be a momentous occasion that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Kind of like your first kiss.
Maybe you’ve just finished University, landed your dream job, or have been working so hard that you know it’s time to give back to ‘you’ and treat yourself - because you deserve it and by purchasing your first designer piece can be one of the kindest, most thoughtful ways to do it.
To me, love me.
Although with designer handbags starting in price from $800 upwards it’s also a special gift that requires a little more thought than just “buying something new”. Unless you’re a cash, money bling Kardashian.
Also; when you buy your first designer handbag you should want it to be more than just a trend piece.
So just in case you’re on the verge of making your first designer purchase, or are in need of some help/motivation on the best way to do it we’ve put together some helpful tips (and fun bags to inspire) for you below!
Try: Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Small Tote Leather Handbag - $3,200
This is obvs. a big thing to think about when making your first investment, because while it’ll be oh’ so fun to start researching, window shopping and picking out your favourite designer bags to treat yourself with, you also don’t want to get so caught up in the designer world that you go way over budget! Or get yourself into debt. Eating two-minute noodles for a week might be fun, but for a year? Not so much. Set yourself a budget and stick to it.
Try: Chloe Faye Medium Suede - $1,767.00
Normally a classic bag is a neutral colour, a staple design and will most likely work with a whole heap of outfits. This is why a classic style for a first-time designer purchase is something we recommend. Also; over time our style changes, so you don’t want to spend a gazillion dollars only to look back and think ‘why the hell did I buy that?’ Leave the tassels, colourful prints for another day. For the ultimate purchase success, classic is the way to go.
Try: Chanel Mini Flip Bag - $4781.70
Don’t forget your personal style. Trends come and go but ask yourself, ‘what will I be using this bag for?’ ‘Does it suit my style?’ ‘How functional is it?’
Try: 3.1 Philip Lim Soleil Mini Shoulder Bag - $949.51
THE MOTIVATION (YAY!)
Soooo spending a whole heap of money on ‘just a bag’ can be a tough concept for some to grasp. Of course, we all want to do it, but sometimes life (and ahemmm, partners) get in the way and can make us change our mind. ‘Should you really be spending all that money on a designer handbag?’ Well, let us break it down for you:
- Think of your cost per wear. If you opt to buy a designer handbag that’s $3000 BUT you use it every single day it’s like $8.00 a day for a year. So the equivalent of buying your lunch (or less!) every day.
- If you decide to invest in a classic staple (think Chanel) you might be able to pass your purchase down to your daughter in the future. Do you remember playing with your mum's bags and old stylish purchases in the past? Wasn’t it fun! Fashion comes with a story and your investment could become an heirloom.
- It’ll dress up all your basic outfits. Want to wear all black and need a little ‘somethin, somethin’? A killer designer bag will always make your outfit succeed. No matter where you’re going.
Still need a little more convincing? We say every ladies wardrobe needs at least one designer handbag. So YES buy, buy, buy!
Images: Shopbop, Net a Porter; Pop Sugar; Words: Yadira Galarza Cauchi
Tell us, what was the first designer handbag you ever brought? Are there any you have your eye on now?