So you’re finally ready to buy your first designer handbag. You may be overwhelmed with lots of emotions, excitement, intimidation, indecisiveness. Sounds pretty serious right? lol, but it’s all common and I know the feeling. Here are eight tips to help you with your making your big decision.
- Classic over trendy. While you’re shopping around, you may see a seasonal bag that tugs at your heart. Pass on it. For your first purchase you definitely want to get a bag that you’re going to wear and that’s going to stand the test of time. A forever bag.
- Color. We all have a favorite one and part of what you pay for in designer bags is that rich color you see. But, colors are seasonal. This first round try to lean towards a classic print or a nude color. Black is cool but it also can mute your look. Spice it up… a little.
- Style. It’s no secret I show favoritism to crossbody bags. But, visualize yourself wearing your bag. When do you want to wear it most? Personally, I always want my options to be hands free and day-to-night, which is why I lean towards crossbody bags.
- Price. Set a cap, make sure you include taxes and stick to it. Designer bags can range anywhere from $300-infinity.
- New or used? I love preloved bags. Don’t rule out used bags, they can give you a lot more options within your price range.
- Where to buy? I am a true bargain shopper. I buy bags online, auctions, resale shops, you name it. Some of my go-to preloved palaces are: Fashionphile, Poshmark, and Luxe Designer Handbags. Also, go to the boutiques. Look around, sip the champagne, try on the bags, and ask questions. Once you’ve gotten a feel for the bag, if you’re comfortable buying it used then go for it.
- Brands. Research your brands. Look at their price ranges and care policies. Do they ever have sales? How often do they change the colors of their handbags? How often do they raise prices?
- Material. Know the material of what you’re purchasing so that you can have expectations for the lifespan of the bag. Not all designer bags are leather. A lot of people are surprised to know that the Louis Vuitton Monogram print is not leather but PVC or what some call canvas. Additionally, some leathers are more delicate like the Chanel lambskin and some are more durable like the Prada Saffiano. This is important when it comes to how often you are wearing your bag, what you’re putting in it, and how to care for it.
I hope these tips help. Have fun shopping for your new baby!