Designer handbags shopping rules and five starter bags

Starting your designer handbag collection can be daunting. There are so many to choose from that is very easy to get lost in all of this and buy something just for the sake of buying with little resell value or even more importantly little use.

I would lie if I said that all of my bags were well thought through and researched but somehow I have managed to stay true to my style and avoid big mistakes. Not everything that I have bought would stand the test of time, however all in all I am quite happy with my collection !

So having all this in mind, I decided to put together five golden rules when it comes to bags together with my recommendations for best starter bags with the biggest resell value in the future… I have already put a comprehensive post detailing dos and don’ts when it comes to designer handbags so if you interested go and check it out here !

Let’s begin…

  • Start small

I would not start buying into designer handbags with the most expensive Chanel flap or even more pricy Hermes. Learning what you really like and what not will take some time so test the water before you jump in !

  • Do your research

Research is truly a key to successful purchase ! Impulse buying when it comes to luxury, can be very costly… Find the style you like but be practical and think about different situation in your life and occasions you would want to use your new accessory.

  • Do not compromise

Sometimes when you have been saving for a particular bag that feels out-of-reach, it is easy to settle and buy something cheaper instead. Speaking from experience I would say do not do that as soon or later you will end up going to your original choice (I promise !).

  • Quality over quantity

It is always better to have couple of good quality, functional handbags than half a dozen of cheap and tacky ones. Invest in neutral colours and the ones you will be able to style day and night !

  • Classic is the way forward 

As mentioned before classic colours and models will stand the test of time. Bright colours and stand out prints may not be the best of choices. Classics will also have much better resell value should you decide to let them go in the future !

Now with some examples… I decided to suggest five handbags that in my opinion will make an excellent first (or even tenth) investment handbag. Please take my examples with a pinch of salt as my view and lifestyle maybe different to yours and what I like may not be to your taste…

In no particular order…

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Best work handbag goes to LV Neverfull

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Best evening handbag goes to Chanel WOC

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Best day to night handbag goes to Chloe Drew

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Best day handbag goes to Gucci Soho Disco

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Best starter handbag (all things considered) goes to LV Speedy

I hope you have enjoyed this post and find it useful…

I would love to know your feedback !

As usual thank you very much for stopping by…

Aggie x

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What I wore Sunday… my feminine side

I rarely do romantic outfits mainly because I prefer more masculine clothing and that style comes much more naturally to me. But somehow I felt like wearing something different for this outgoing. Simple dress although black with floral print paired with my favourite high-heeled boots was a match made in heaven.

To stay true to myself, I added this military-style coat that is probably my most loved and most worn high-street purchase that I have ever made. I bought it well over a year ago and wore it on repeat since (more outfit ideas featuring this particular coat available here and here).

Classic Chanel flap bag is always a good idea and although I do not feature this bag a lot on my blog, it was for a very long time my biggest purchase ever. As it is a seasonal bag, I did manage to stay within my financial boundaries but the decision to pull the trigger and buy it, was not an easy one. Investing you hard-earned cash in accessories and shoes can be daunting and I will do my best to feature some of my suggestions in the coming posts !

So that is what I wore Sunday (romantic style) !

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Dress Zara 

Coat Zara (similar)

Boots Stuart Weitzman

Bag Chanel

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Thank you very much for yet another Sunday !

I love sharing my outfit ideas with you all and I hope you like it too…

Love,

Aggie x

Designer handbags- are they really worth it and where to start ?

I love quality products. Anything from beautifully designed pair of heels to handmade bag or clutch. As a result, when I started working professionally I got my first designer handbag and that is how my collection started. I used to buy more, constantly adding new styles and brands. Over time I became much more selective, not allowing my heart to rule over my brain… Buying process became much more structured and detailed.

I have a mixture of designers in my collection anything from Mulberry to Chanel. What all handbags have in common is the quality of the finish, their practicality as well as the resistance to constant wear. I have one or two bags in my possession that I had from the very beginning and they are as good as new !

With all my experience and mistakes that I have made I though it will be useful to write dos and don’ts post guiding you through the buying process and helping to make the right choice. Whatever you budget is, I hope everyone interested in the luxury market would be able to find something useful !

Starting with dos: 

  • Do some soul-searching… Before you starting investing in the luxury handbags think about what is important to you and what do you need the bag for ? There is no point in buying £700 Charlotte Olympia clutch (I love this one !) if you do not get out very much !
  • You budget is key… Be realistic and whatever the top limit is, there are some options. Sometimes it may mean that you will need to wait a little bit longer for you dream bag but it will happen eventually if you work hard and truly want it.
  • Buying expensive handbag is considered an investment and as with variety of investments it can be more or less profitable… There are brands which in general keep their value better the others. My top three to invest in would be French ones like Louis Vuitton, Chanel or Hermes.
  • Seasonal bags or bright coloured ones are always less desired when it comes to resale market so going as classic as you can is probably the best choice. My criteria when buying a new bag would be: how well it would date and how much use would  I get out of it.
  • It is worth setting up an additional saving account and naming it after a bag you want to buy. Transfer the money regularly and even small contributions every month will add up eventually. Giving the account a name will help to keep you on track and motivate to keep saving.
  • With all that written in mind, you need to love you purchase. It is very unlikely that you are going to make a fortune selling your possessions so be honest with yourself. Your handbag is a material thing that should spark the joy within you and it is there to serve a purpose.

And now don’ts:

  • Never settled… Do not compromise on the bag that you do not want or need just because it is cheaper or more accessible. You will still end up wanting the one you had originally in mind.
  • I would not recommend to buy of eBay or less reliable sources. If you want to buy second-hand (nothing wrong with that and you can pick a bargain from time to time) try websites with a team of experts that will verify the authenticity of your handbag. The ones I would recommend are Vestiaire Collective and HEWI London. The commission is high if you are selling with them, but you are guaranteed hassle-free process.
  • Do not buy into trends that will last a season or two… Classic models constantly in production are the best way to go. One of the best examples of that would be Louis Vuitton bags like Speedy or Neverfull. Their prices got doubled in the last five years or so with very little change to the actual bag itself.
  • Do not allow to get influenced by media, celebrities or YouTube channels. Listen to your heart, assess the needs and go for something that you truly want and need.
  • And finally… Do not go beyond you means ! I did that quite some time ago when I bought the most expensive bag in my collection hoping that I will get a bonus at work… I did not and although I cannot regret that I bought the bag, I have learnt my lesson. Never spend the money you do not have !

And few of my favourite ‘investments’…

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It will be controversial but it is probably my favourite ever bag by Bottega Veneta… light and understated, beautifully made and the colour is to die for !

I really hope you liked this post !

I am more than happy to answer any questions and help if you need my guidance on the subject…

Love,

Aggie xx