I only somewhat recently invested in my first designer bag. They’re definitely extravagant purchases and not totally necessary. Is my life better because I have a designer bag (or two), no. But with that said, I really do enjoy my two handbags. Just prefacing this post with that, because I recognize it’s not an everyday purchase or life or death 😉
I think I made pretty “smart” choices for the two bags I have purchased. They each really fit into my everyday life and so I end up getting a lot of use out of both of them. I love that they are great for special occasions and also work for normal life too. They don’t just sit in my closet collecting dust, I actually use them!
Especially as I’ve gotten older, I’m much more interested in pieces for my wardrobe that I can wear for years– and that are versatile. Handbags are perfect for this (even if you end up going with something non-designer and less expensive). If you’re investing in quality, you’ll have it for years and since it’s a handbag, you can really carry it all the time. It’s not like a dress that you pull out every once in a while or shoes that get worn to the ground.
When I purchased my first designer bag, I had a lot of guilt around it… but I have shed a lot of the guilt because I feel like if I was to make a purchase of a designer bag, I couldn’t have picked something better for me.
I have added another bag into my “collection” (can you call it a collection when it’s only two?! lol) and I probably will invest in more over time. I have been thinking a lot about what I look for in a designer bag as I consider adding another:
1) Is it timeless? I really just don’t see myself spending a lot of money on something that’s trendy.
2) Will it work with what I already own? I don’t want to build a wardrobe around a bag, but instead invest in one that already works seamlessly with what I own.
3) Does it excite me? Maybe dumb, but I do think buying a designer bag is a “big deal” and not something to just be done flippantly. I want to really be excited about it!
Quilted Navy Chanel Medium Flap in Navy Caviar
My first! This felt like such a big deal to me and it still is 🤗 I’m really proud of this bag and what it represents– 10 years of my blog. A big milestone.
So I love the navy Chanel– especially because I don’t see the color as often as black– but since I started wearing more and more black, I began to question whether I had made a mistake getting navy. The reality was… I didn’t want a black bag instead of navy. Honestly, I wanted both. I didn’t want to just “copy/paste” and get the same bag in black. After doing some research and window shopping, I ended up landing on the Gucci Jackie bag. I got the same “this feels so me” feeling as with the navy Chanel. I love.
What do I have my eye on now?!
I probably won’t be buying a new designer bag anytime soon. I keep window shopping though. Mostly just keeping my eyes open for things I like and bags I’m drawn to. I saw a TikTok about the Celine Tri-Fold bag and I can’t stop thinking about it. I like that it’s more of a tote and would be great on an everyday basis. Plus nice as a mom to have a little bit more space to work with 😉 I don’t even know if they make it anymore?! But I will say I have set some alerts on resale sites… just in case?! I don’t know. If nothing else, it’s fun to think about???