Quality over Quantity - The key to getting a quality handbag is purchasing something of good quality as well as something you can afford. Start where you are and buy what you can with what you have
Needs over Wants – Starting a handbag collection you will need to decide what your needs and start there.
1. Do you carry a large wallet?
2. Do you have a large makeup bag?
3. Do you need a lot of pockets and zippers?
4. How do you dress 80% of the time casual or dressy?
5. Do you have a separate bag for your IPAD?
6. What is the style of your current handbag and does it work for you?
7. Do you attend evening events if so how often?
8. Do you like or hate monograms?
9. Do want be a collector or actually use the bags?
10. What is the most you are willing to spend on a bag?
Colors – If you want to carry something other than a basic black bag, look through your closet and see what colors you own the most. For instance if you wear a lot of black you may want to get a classic black bag but you could also consider a bright color bag of your choice.
Think long term – Don’t be a slave to trends when purchasing a high end bag. The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag has been around for decades and is still a staple piece of most collectors. Brands like Channel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Balenciaga have been around for a long time. Think of your bags as investments.
Research – YouTube is a great resource to finding out about different bags and styles. Go shopping at high end stores and try the bags look at the storage, material and functions. NEVER buy a bag online if you have not done all the research first, so many people have gotten burned simply because they did not know what to look for.
Type of handbags– Clutch, Cross body, Tote, Hobo, Top Handle, Makeup, and a Pouchette. Most brands carry each type of these.
Type of Collection – Decide what type of collection you want. Do you want functional, brand, style? I am a cross-brand girl I like a variety of bags while some women only focus on one brand.
Wish List – Create a wish list and research each bag you would like to purchase. Know EVERYTHING about your handbags and start saving for it. Do not waiver from your list! I cannot stress this one, something like it is never the same, don’t settle. There is a reason you put certain bags on your list because you really like it and want it. The list is important because it keeps you on track to your goals.