If you follow my journey on Instagram then you know my obsession with designer items (especially handbags). I always get questions on how I decide on the item, or how I knew which item to choose from (from my long must have lists that I post on my story.) Here is my guide on how I purchase my designer pieces, from choosing an item, knowing the pros and cons of it, and saving up to get it.
- Choosing an item- My list of must haves is long but they all have one thing in common, they are all classic pieces. I try to stick with items that the brand has been making for years rather than a special edition item. I also keep the colors, patters and details as classic as possible. The reason for this is trends come and go so I try to go with the items I know I’ll wear for years to come. Example: the classic Chanel double flap bag in caviar leather. It’s their most popular style and it has been around for over 40 years. This bag has been on my list for years and although I’m not at the point to purchase a $5,000+ bag I know that when it does to become a part of my collection I’ll wear it when I’m 30, 50, and 80 years old due to its timeless elegance.
- Knowing your leathers- If purchasing a handbag It’s important to know the leather it is and how often you’re wanting to wear the item. For example: the widely popular Louis Vuitton coated canvas or the Prada saffiano leather. These handbags are perfect for everyday use due to the type of leather that makes it more durable and scratch resistant. Some handbags like the double flap bag by Chanel (that was mentioned earlier) come with the option of getting the lamb skin (soft leather, scratches are more visible) and caviar leather (the leather has more texture so scratches are less visible and the bag maintains its shape better due to the leather being a bit harder)
I have to save up to purchase my handbags. I have my checking which I use to pay regular bills (car, phone,rent) then I have my savings account which is only used for emergencies. One way I keep track is by setting a limit of where I want my savings account to be and anything over that amount can be used for buying more expensive items (designer items, paying for vacations, etc)
So how do I save up? Instead of cutting one thing out completely I try to spend less in each category of my life. for example instead of eating out constantly I only eat out once or twice per week and for the rest I eat at home. For work instead of purchasing food I always meal prep my food. this saves money and time.
I love staying on top of the trends for each season and that means always buying new clothes. But since trends change on the daily I make sure to buy all my on trend looks at forever 21, H&M, Zara, zaful.com and boohoo.com (since they have amazing prices) and only splurge on items I know will last me a long time.
If even after saving you find that you’re not willing to spend that much on a handbag then think about purchasing it used. When most people think used they assume its going to be super worn, dirty, have something wrong with it, or even worse that it won’t be authentic. I recommend Vestiaire Collective and Tradesy. They both have apps so its easy to navigate. They also both inspect the handbag to make sure its in good condition and that it is authentic. you have a variety of colors of each item you are looking for to choose from and some of them have never been worn and still have the tags and dust-covers.