Spending $500+ on a handbag can be really overwhelming and there are quite a few different elements to consider. I have a few tips that might help you make your first luxury purchase or next “style investment” as I like to say, just a little bit easier.
Go in person to shop if it’s your first time buying a luxury handbag! It might seem kinda obvious, but it’s nice to be able to go and compare different styles, sizes, materials, and colors one after another. Remember to stick to your budget!!!
If you do go in person to shop, don’t feel pressured to buy a bag right away! You can always think about it for a day or two and then go back. Or if you find exactly what you want, it might be worth looking online for a deal or waiting for a sale.
If you know someone who has a particular bag you want, ask them and see how they feel about it. Once I was chatting with a girl who had a gorgeous nude Chanel bag I had my eye one, but she said she wouldn’t recommend getting it in nude if I wear a lot of denim. Initially I was like UM WTF, but then she showed me the other side of her bag which had been stained blue from being up against her jeans. TYSM girlfriend for the heads up!
Think about what you’re using your bag for. Is it a tote you want to use going back and forth from work? Will your laptop fit? Or are you looking for something to wear on a night out? It’s key to consider what you want to carry in it, certain types of leather/material will stand up to more wear than others. As you can see, my Céline bag is well loved and the leather has softened. It’s one of my favorites and I use it a ton.
I always suggest going with a neutral color because they are versatile and timeless. Get something that pairs well with the colors you wear most often so you can get a ton of use out of your bag.
The CPW (cost per wear) formula is the ultimate test. It puts things into perspective and can help you decide if an item is worth spending your money on. The cost per wear is calculated by dividing the price of an item by the amount of times you’ll wear it. For example, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull costs $1690, let’s say you use it on the daily for work and once on the weekends to run errands for the next year. Let’s compare that to a $40 pink sequin clutch from Forever 21 that you’ll probably only wear once every couple of months.
LOUIS VUITTON:$1690/312= $5.42 FOREVER 21: $40/6= $6.66
Now as you can see, buying the Forever 21 bag seems like a very poor choice. Plus, we all know the quality of Forever21 it won’t last more than a year, whereas the LV tote is going to last literally FOREVER. The Neverfull is my favorite bag of all time, I’ve had mine since 2011 and I use it almost every day.
Always keep in mind that certain retailers typically have annual or semi annual sales… Take advantage of those! Nordstrom is having their Anniversary Sale from July 12-19th.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying a pre-loved, used handbag. A lot of the times the bags are in perfect condition but are missing the dustbag/box, or have a microscopic scratch that is on the bottom and barely visible. I purchased my Céline Mini Luggage Tote from Yoogi’s Closet (weird name, I know) a few years back. Their customer service was SO helpful and I found that the condition that was described online was totally accurate and the bag looked amazing in person. I think that LXRandCo (online and inside certain Hudson’s Bay stores) has the best selection of pre-loved luxury handbags. If you’re in Vancouver, Mine and Yours is my favorite spot to look for used designer goods.
Please do not buy a particular bag because a celebrity was spotted wearing it and now “everyone” has one. If it doesn’t fit your personal taste or lifestyle, don’t spend your coins girl! This is not a “do it for the gram” kind of situation.
Last but not least, do not buy a knockoff. It’s basically like giving the designer or fashion house a big slap in the face. Plus they won’t last and wear like the real thing whatsoever. Beware of sites that claim to sell authentic items, if the price is too good to be true… it probably is.