When you buy a designer handbag, you’re making an investment. And even though it’s an article of clothing, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Just like every other decision you are faced with there are opportunity costs. Using these guidelines, not only will you be confident with your choice, but you’ll decrease the cost per wear.
First or Tenth
Is this your first designer handbag or your tenth? If it’s your first, consider choosing a classic color. Do you wear black or brown more often? This is the litmus test I recommend using for all wardrobe staples! Now that you have the color picked out, it’s time to think about the hardware. Do you wear silver or gold jewelry? Many high end brands craft leather goods with either/or. Consider this your warning: Do not settle. If you look hard enough you’ll find the perfect black bag with gold hardware vice versa.
Once you have a “vision” it’s time to consider the size. Without question, in the handbag industry, the bigger the bag the higher the price tag. What type of lifestyle do you live? Are you often on the go? Do you have the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 plus? For the lady on the go, a medium to large purse is ideal. Maybe you don’t have time to go home in between work and play. A sizable purse gives you enough room for a change of shoes and small laptop. Don’t be afraid to do a “fit test” in store.
Everyday or special occasion?
How often do you plan on wearing the purse? Till “the wheels fall off” or for special occasions only? For an everyday purse, I highly recommend material that is easy to clean. Think smooth or patent leather – something you can wipe down with a wet wipe. Reserve the suede and velvet for special occasion. Tip: Store your designer handbag in the included pouch to increase its resell value.
Love Your Designer Handbag
The black shoulder bag (two pictures up) was my first Gucci purchase. This item is approaching five years old and its retirement is no where in sight. The medium size has suited me well over the years. Not only is it a show stopping “everyday” purse, but it doubles as a reliable to and fro handbag. I can easily stuff it with my cosmetics bag, iPad, and GG’s supplies. Fast forward to 2017 and my latest investment piece is this yellow statement bag. I realize yellow may not be everyone’s favorite color, but I am admittedly the most impractical person I know! So remember, consider the color, the size, and the longevity before pulling the trigger. This is the criteria I use when I splurge on a designer item and you all know how often I re-wear ’em all!