Alright guys, it’s time to get serious up in here. Today’s post is all about *drum roll please* bags. As I’m sure y’all know by now, they’re my fave accessory by far. I pretty much collect ’em. Now, I’m all about being sensible, that is my name after all. However, I believe smart shopping’s all about knowing when to save and when to splurge. Bags, in my humble opinion, are worth the moolah. We’re going to talk about four pieces EVERY woman must own.
1. The Investment Bag
Every girl needs a solid version – one that’ll last them a lifetime. Now, I’m gonna ask you to splurge here. It’s called an “investment bag” for a reason. Don’t cut corners here. Go for the big designers if you can. They’re pricy so start saving now if you haven’t already.
Consider three things when you’re shopping for an IB: style, material, and color. Pick a piece that’ll look chic even when you’re 80 years old. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have the funds to purchase 40 different designer bags. If you have a limited budget like I do, you’re not going to want to drop a ton of cash on the current “it” bag – it’ll eventually go out of style, and you don’t want to be stuck with an expensive bag you don’t carry.
Moving on to material. I recommend purchasing a leather bag because it’s easier to take care of. Pieces made out of suede and fabric can be a pain to upkeep. Color’s also an important factor as mentioned previously. As much as I love bold hues, I’d stick with a neutral tone like black or brown. White’s also good, but it’s a bit limiting because it’s more of a summer color – personally, I don’t usually like wearing a ton of white in the Fall & Winter.
Some amazing IBs are pictured above: the Prada Saffiano Tote, the Hermes Birkin, and the Chanel Classic Flap. Now, if these are too pricey, other brands like Coach, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch carry more affordable versions. Here’s a handy widget for your viewing pleasure:
2. The Clutch Bag
If I had it my way, I’d buy 20 of these in varying prints, colors, and sizes. Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to do so, ha! I’ve acquired 4 over the last few years – none of them were investment buys FYI. They were all $50 and under *thumbs up* It’s not a huge deal for me though because I usually carry my YSL crossbody because I prefer to be hands-free whenever possible.
I typically carry these for formal events and fancy dinners. I recommend purchasing a chic, simple version in gold or silver to start. If you already have a “standard” clutch, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles! Remember though, you want to make sure you can fit in your basics. Here are some fab options for you guys (different price points):
3. The Everyday Tote
I call this my Mary Poppins bag because it fits all my essentials…and non-essentials! This tote is a must-have for college students and young professionals alike. I have several different versions in my closet: brown, black, gold, animal-print, and LV (my Louis Vuitton). Purchasing the LV tote was a mistake on my part because I did a crappy job taking care of it. It’s all tattered up now, and every time I look at it, I die a little inside, ha.
If you’re like me and you fling your everyday tote around, stick with more inexpensive versions because you’ll go through them quickly. I’ve learned my lesson from my LV though. I now guard my tote from the rain and keep it OFF the floor – I usually place it behind me when I sit down or set it on a chair next to me.
Here are some awesome options for you guys! Let’s start with $50 & under…
And move onto pieces that are $50-$250…
4. The Crossbody Bag
The crossbody’s arguably my fave bag of the four listed above! I have a bunch of these because I love being hands-free. Although this is my go-to when I’m running errands, it’s also a fave for a fun night out on the town so if you have the extra cash, I recommend splurging on a designer version in addition to the more affordable options you accumulate over the years! I bought YSL’s Cassandre tassel crossbody, and it’s a serious staple for me because of its versatility.
Here are some affordable versions for you guys (under $75)…
…and some splurges to browse…
I hope you all enjoyed this post! What do you think of my list of must-haves? What would you add or omit? Also, where do you guys like to shop for bags?