5 Things to Consider Before Buying your Next Handbag

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I’ve never been one to invest in super expensive designer handbags. It’s not that I don’t like them, but if I’ve got an extra thousand or two laying around, I’m far more likely to spend it on a trip with my family or stash it away for our dream home one day.

That being said, I also don’t like cheap bags either. They don’t look nearly as nice as the real thing and they don’t last as long or hold up as well. Sometimes it is worth spending more on a piece you’ll have for years to come. In don’t last, they don’t look as nice and they get worn out so fast!

So, I fall somewhere in the middle! When I’m buying a new bag, this is how I go about deciding what will end up on my arm.

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5 Things to Consider Before Buying your Next Handbag


For me, it’s gotta be leather! Preferably pebbled leather. I love the texture of it and think it looks so classic. I’m not a big fan of canvas or whatever material those Goyard and LV Neverfull bags are made from. It’s not an expensive material to produce and I just can’t get over the fact that the bag is so damn expensive. Sorry, I just can’t get on board! But, if you have one and love it, more power to you—you do you girl!


I used to carry smallish crossbody bags all the time, and I still love them! They’re great for city living, not heavy and not annoying if you’re taking the train or walking a lot. But, lately I’ve been drawn to bigger totes and satchels that can carry all my stuff. When I’m out and about during the week, I’m either with Owen and have my diaper bag, or I’m alone and doing work stuff. It’s been essential to have a bag that can hold my laptop, planner and notebook along with the essentials like my wallet, phone and keys.

I just got this Trapeze Satchel one from Cuyana, a brand I’ve long been in love with. I love their tagline of fewer, better things and they hit the nail on the head with this one.

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I also adore their travel case set which comes with two travel cases that can be monogrammed as well. I’m usually not a monogram fan, but there’s is so simple and modern, I love it! These make for great gifts for any girl and come in a zillion colors! I have the pearl grey and olive—both are stunning!

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Shape & Structure

The shape of the bag is something to consider. What will you be carrying in your bag? Does it need to be structured? Or is a floppy tote bag okay? I have both, but when I’m carrying my laptop, I always prefer a structured bag. I also happen to think that structured bags look fancier and more expensive—even if they’re not.

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Price Point

One of the most important points is price. Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t know if I’ll ever be someone to spend thousands on a handbag—unless someone gives one to me. Case in point, my only designer bag, the Chloe Marcie bag, was expensive, but it was also Rob’s wedding present to me and it’s one of my favorites ever! Another exception might be the Chanel boy bag, I’ve always loved that thing. But, for the most part, a designer bag just isn’t that important to me.

You’ll have to decide what price point you’re okay with, but for me, it’s around $300-500 for a nice leather bag that I know I’ll have forever. I don’t have many of them, like two maybe, and the rest of my bags are in the $150-300 range.

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5 Things to Consider Before Buying your Next Handbag

Your Personal Taste

It’s easy to get caught up in all the fancy, expensive designer bags you see people carrying, but at the end of the day, don’t just buy a bag because someone else has it. Buy it because you love it! When you take that approach, you won’t have buyers remorse and every time you use it, you’ll cherish it!

How often do you buy a new bag? Any you have your eye on this holiday season?!

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