The decision to buy a designer handbag is a big, exciting one. After all, you’re about to buy a bag that you’ll have for years and years, and you want to pick the right one for you!
But with the variety of gorgeous styles on the market, it can be tough to make a decision. Here are some things to consider as you shop for your new bag.
Know Your Lifestyle
Are you an outdoorsy type? City dweller? Partygoer? Library fanatic?
Whatever type of person you are, think about what you’re going to be using the bag for. It doesn’t make sense to buy an evening clutch if you never go to the type of parties where you’ll need one, and it doesn’t make sense to buy a big hobo bag if you only carry around lip gloss and a credit card.
Identify Your Needs Before You Shop
It’s so easy to get swept away by the beauty of a gorgeous bag at a store. You see a gem of a bag and think that you’ve just got to have it, and then you walk out of the store with an impulse buy that you don’t need because you didn’t set any guidelines for yourself.
Once you’ve assessed your lifestyle and found what you want in a bag, write a list of what these needs are before you hit the store. Then don’t settle for anything less!
Examine Previous bags to Identify What You Like & Dislike
If you find it hard to identify what you need in a bag, look at previous purses you’ve used in the past. What did you like about each one? What did you dislike?
Looking at what worked and didn’t work about bags you already have can clue you into your purse preferences.
Know What Material You’re Willing to Care For
Some people love leather but don’t realize that it’s a material that requires a degree of care to maintain for a long time. Other people are better suited to a synthetic material, or fabric, rather than navigating the world of leather care goods.
If you know you’re not going to want to take care of leather, steer clear of those bags, even if they meet your list of wants. A designer bag is an investment, and if you don’t want to take care of it, it won’t last.
Try It On In a Mirror
If you’ve found a bag that you think meets your needs, be sure to look at how it suits you in a mirror! You want to feel good carrying this bag around, and if you buy it without scrutinizing how it suits your figure you may regret the purchase.
If you’re a really small person and you like a huge bag, you may find that it dwarfs your body and shrinks you. Similarly, if you’re taller and you find a teeny cross body bag, you may not like the proportions. Or, maybe you will! Whichever way, just be sure to check yourself out in a mirror before you buy it.