Let’s talk about handbags for a second. I think many people are either big handbag people or not. I am a big handbag person. I love them. I like to collect them, and have more than I would like to admit. I did do something to my handbag collection about a year ago that I never thought I would do: purge them. I purged every cheap handbag (note, cheap looking, not cheap in price), because nothing kills a chic outfit quicker than a cheap handbag. Every woman, especially if you are approaching or are over 30 should have what I call a “Big Girl Handbag”.
What is a “Big Girl Handbag”? A bag that looks expensive. And is real leather. Unless you are vegan. If you are vegan, shop Matt and Nat bags. Best vegan bags I have seen. If you are not opposed to leather, then you need a leather handbag. A classic leather handbag. One that isn’t worn, tattered, or embellished beyond belief. Because again, this kills and cheapens an outfit. This bag does not have to be designer, and you don’t have to drop 500 dollars on it, but it needs to look like you did. If you want designer at a discount, try Gilt, Last Call, or a local consignment shop. You will not regret investing money in a classic designer bag because if you care for it, you will have it for years. I promise.
I always encourage my clients to buy one nice handbag, to which they ask, “Ok. But what color?” This might come as a surprise, but if I were going to buy one nice bag, I wouldn’t buy black. While black is extremely versatile, I find that it looks heavy during the warmer months and is not the bag that I reach for constantly. A grey, nude, or colored bag is one that I reach for all the time, and is what I would recommend to a client. In fact, I reach for my maroon colored bag more often than any other.
So, what are some of my picks?
This Halogen bag comes in at right over 150 dollars and looks a lot like a Rebecca Minkoff bag, but for half the price. It is a classic shape and the color will go with virtually everything.
This grey satchel is ladylike and is perfect for work.
This bag is just over a 100 dollars and its blue color is actually really versatile. Plus, you can wear it multiple ways. Bonus!
This burgundy J.Crew bag is another one that will go with everything and will last for years to come.
My current designer obsession is the PS1 bag. Since I already have basic colors, I would spring for this gorgeous teal color.
While all of these picks are over 100 dollars, you can find a classic leather bag for under 100, but I can guarantee you won’t feel bad if you save up for one of these bags. What are your thoughts on handbags?