How to buy a designer handbag

18th March, 2015


If you’re going to splurge on a designer handbag it’s important to make sure you get it right. After all you are spending thousands of dollars so it’s not a fashion purchase to be done without some planning first. Here are some things to consider before buying:

Think of your lifestyle and the bag’s functionality

What kind of lifestyle do you have? For me I have to carry everything from Sophia’s lunch to nappies and my phone and wallet so I need something that’s a bit bigger so I can carry everything with me. While you may love the look of a small handbag if you need to carry a lot of things on a day to day basis there’s no point going for something tiny if it means you’re not going to be able to fit all your essentials. Tailor your bag to suit your lifestyle and needs. Also, it may seem a small detail but consider the handles on your bag. I like two handles on a bag – smaller handles so I can just carry it on my arm and a longer strap so I can carry it on my shoulder. Having the option to do both expands the use of your bag.

Keep it simple

If you’re going to have just one bag that you’re going to carry all the time make sure to stick to neutral colours so it’s easy to work back with your wardrobe. Also I’d stick with plain leather as something like patent leather can easily date. I’d also keep detailing to a minimum. Avoid lots of buckles and studs and keep it quite streamlined.

Consider the brand

If I was going to splurge I would definitely go for Céline, Balenciaga, Jil Sander or Chanel because they do classic, timeless bags. If you’re going to have a bag that you use every single day you want a classic style. I think you can splurge on a bag if it’s something that can be used every single day.

Steer clear of the ‘it’ bag

When it comes to bags I like to have something that no one else has. If there is an ‘it’ bag I steer away from it, but I might get inspired by a brand and choose something that is within that collection If you can afford to have a new designer bag each season then definitely consider the ‘it’ bag. If however, you are buying a designer handbag that’s intended to see you through season after season I’d steer clear of the ‘it’ bag and opt for something that’s not as common.

Make sure the bag won’t date

I will often always ask a shop assistant if they’re continuing a particular type of bag the following season because some are just one-offs and I think that really dates a bag. Buy a bag that’s a signature style to the brand because then it is recurring every season rather than being the 2015 summer bag which everyone will know is a couple of years old. An example of a signature style is something like Chanel’s 2.55 black quilted leather handbags. It’s a bag that’s done every season which means it won’t date and it’s great quality so it lasts year after year. I know I’ve had my Chanel bag for 10 years and I still wear it all the time so the cost per wear is great! If you’re going for more fashion forward brands such as Balenciaga and Céline then definitely steer clear of the bag of the season.

Tell me – what designer bag do you have your eye on?

Photography: Tamika Keioske


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  • Reply Chetti 19th March, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Useful info, tnx.

  • Reply Adalina 16th June, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Awesome! Actually, I was finding this kind tips. Thanks a lot. I think every woman should read this post. Your every idea is very special. But the idea of making sure the bag won’t date is awesome! I like it very much.This article is very helpful for me. I have enjoyed my reading. I will come back again for more tips. Thanks again!

  • Reply Stacey F. Clark 17th August, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Great post about to buy the designer handbags.
    When considering the decision to purchase authentic bags instead of replicas or fakes, you need to know exactly what it is for which you are paying. You do not want to be scammed into paying a high price for a good-quality replica, and yes, there are fakes of higher quality, just to make them look more authentic. The bag makers are very good at what they do–simulate the brand-name bags. The paperwork, holograms and authenticity marks are so close to the real thing, that it takes a really discerning eye to spot an authentic bag.

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