Deciding the Best Designer Bag to Invest In
Tips & Advice
- written by LIF Team
Taking the plunge in purchasing a designer handbag isn't the easiest decision to make and is one that needs considerable thought and planning. Everything from personal requirements, taste, budget and future opportunity must be taken into account, so we've put together the top three points you need to consider before splurging on the bag of your dreams...
First things first, you need to decide on whether you want an everyday bag or a statement bag. An everyday bag provides versatility and should go with just about every outfit and season, whereas as statement bag is the standout of an outfit and can be limited to certain seasons or events.
If this is your first designer handbag purchase, opting for the everyday bag is the smartest purchase as you will get the most wear out of it, and find it as the best value for money.
An everyday bag is of a standard size, whether in styles like tote, structured, hobo or messenger and varies in colour, usually in the basics colour palette, like black, beige, navy or brown. The most important things to look for in an everyday bag are pockets/carrying capacity, a durable material, and handles or straps, and include signature bags like the Celine Belt Bag (left) or Louis Vuitton Pallas, or smaller styles like the Lady Dior or Chanel Flap Bag – which can hold the bare necessities.
These details allow for a little uniqueness and allow some variance to styles, but the bottom line is that it should fit everything you need day to day; its material provides some resistance to water and spills; and has strong, reinforced handles.
As tempting as it can be to indulge in a trend or style, buying a bag that perseveres through trends, seasons and fads is a far better investment than a design fresh off the runway, which hasn't stood the test of time.
Bags like the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour, or the Celine Luggage Tote (right) are popular styles that are constantly updated each season but haven't yet been phased out, and a sought after purchase can lead to a wonderful resale when you finally decide to part with it (granted you keep the bag in great condition).
Where you can indulge in taste is within your colour palette, and by keeping with a popular style, you can allow yourself a little bit of lee-way by purchasing an everyday bag in a bold colour, like the Givenchy Pandora Pure Small in electric blue, or staying on-brand with the Hermes Toile Kelly Herbag in the iconic Hermes tangerine.
Bringing an everyday bag into your wardrobe in bold colours is excellent for injecting some vibrancy into a minimalistic wardrobe scheme, and perfect for brightening up a dreary winters day, while ensuring you still have everything you need.
3. WHERE TO BUY
So, you've settled on the the handbag style and colour variations you want, like the gorgeous pink Givenchy Lucrezia from Luxe.It.Fwd to the left and main image above (image via opinionslave.blogspot.com). Now, keeping an eye out for the best purchase is the hardest, but most rewarding part.
Obviously you can go straight to the designer and get it directly off the shelf, but if your pockets are a bit tighter, and you are passionate about sustainable fashion, then buying pre-owned is the way to go. With tonnes of re-seller sites and options available, sticking to retailers within your country are your safest best, while also helping local businesses thrive.
By ensuring the bags are inspected thoroughly by professional authenticators, you can be satisfied that you're getting the best value for money, without the guilt of spending too much or impacting the environment.
The best part is you'll be able to experience first-hand the business behind reselling or consigning, so when the time comes that you choose to part ways with your pre-loved designer handbag, you're familiar with the requirements and process. While retail therapy can be rewarding, impulse buying can get the better of even the greatest shoppers, but by thinking and planning appropriately, you can invite some truly spectacular items into your wardrobe!