Your first designer handbag purchase should be a time of excitement and joy, not a time of trepidation and indecision. There are so many brands and styles that it could make even the most dedicated shopper's head spin. With so many options to choose from, where should you begin? We have some helpful tips to cut down the confusion and make purchasing your first designer bag a stunning success.
Purpose of the Bag
The most important part of buying your first bag is deciding on its purpose. Do you need a bag that you can carry every day, or do you want a bag that you only bring out for special occasions? An every day bag will be one with a classic look, has enough space for all your belongings, and can blend seamlessly with the majority of your wardrobe; while a special occasion handbag might have a more formal look with eye-catching details. Deciding what you will be using the handbag for will help you assess the functionality of your choices. This will help you to determine factors such as the size of the bag you need, or how many compartments you want it to have.
You may consider purchasing a purse because it is the latest, must-have, “it” bag of the moment. While the thought is tempting, ensure that this is what you really want to do before you invest. Trendy bags typically feature unconventional color schemes and prints that don't tend to offer longevity. Even the most coveted bags often become dated within a few years. If it is a print or color that you absolutely love, go for it as long as it is a decision you can live with for years to come. On the other hand, if you are choosing the bag just because everyone else has one, you may want to reconsider. An expensive designer bag is a big investment to make for something you may no longer want after the next trendy bag is released. You want to love it for a long time.
2. Size and Contours of the Bag
The size of the handbag you choose will be determined by the purpose of the bag, as stated before, but it will also be determined by the amount of belongings you plan to carry. The contours and shape of the bag will determine its silhouette, and that will reflect your personal style. The silhouette can also come into play when deciding to purchase your first designer handbag by helping you to choose which designer's line to purchase from. The big designers and fashion houses are known for their signature shapes, so figuring out the brand that carries the silhouette that fits your style will make your purchasing decision a lot easier.
If you are the type of person who likes to carry everything but the kitchen sink around with you at all times, you should consider larger bags like the highly underrated Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas Trevi PM Bag. In my opinion, this is the best Louis Vuitton bag to wear on casual days because of its extremely roomy interior and thicker Damier Ebene Canvas. The thicker canvas helps the bag to retain its shape better than some other bags, so it will withstand every day use more. If you are more of a minimalist, the Louis Vuitton bag for you might be one like the versatile Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Accessories Pochette Bag that functions as a clutch, wristlet, or shoulder bag. It is up to you to decide which size and brand is the right fit for your needs.
3. Price of the Bag
While you may think that the price will be the most important part of your purchase, it really isn't. If you love to shop, you know that finding just the right item can blow your budget right out the window. That is why the price comes last in determining which one you will ultimately choose. Countless people will tell you that a designer bag is not just an accessory, it is an investment. If you ever get bored you can easily resell it for a large portion of your purchase price or more in the case of some of the harder to find classic designs, as long as you have taken good care of it. Although the purse is an investment piece, it is still wise to set a budget that you can live with. You should also remember that purchasing a brand new purse isn't your only option. Gently used purses can be found online for a fraction of the cost of new one.
4. Where to Buy Your Bag
You can choose to buy your bag from a physical store or fashion house, or you can buy it online. Both options come with perks and disadvantages. Buying your new designer bag from a reputable retail store will insure that you are getting a genuine product. It also allows you to physically inspect the handbag before you make your purchase. On the down side, your selection will be limited to what the store has in stock.
Choosing to buy your first designer bag online can open up a much larger selection for you, but it can also open you up to scams. Designer bags you see being sold by private sellers online are not always genuine. Make sure that you check the seller's reviews if you choose to go this route. In some cases the prices may be kinder to your wallet, but remember to beware. A safer option is to purchase it from a name brand store or directly from a fashion house's online site. If you do choose to buy from a larger retailer, make sure to inspect your bag as soon as you receive it for damage. In some cases, retailers that also have a physical store may send you a bag that was used as a floor display if their stock is low.
5. How to Determine if Your New Designer Bag is Real or Fake
We have established that designer handbags are expensive. This hefty price tag ensures that it will not be sold unless it is flawless. That means that bags are made using high-quality materials like genuine leather, and they will feature small stitches that are very precise and even. The logo on the purse will be evenly placed and spelled correctly. Any hardware that embellishes the bag will be well-made and sturdy with no visible imperfections. The zippers should accent the color of the bag or match the main color. Most importantly, many designer handbags have a serial number or control number on the tag inside. In some cases it may even come with a certificate of authenticity. You can search for the serial number online or match the serial number on the tag to the numbers on the certificate.
Hopefully these tips will help you find the perfect bag that will fit your budget and lifestyle. Before you head off to start shopping, be sure to remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.