Firstly, time to wish you all a very happy November, I trust everyone had a fun-filled Halloween weekend? We certainly did, and although it didn’t quite transpire into what we were expecting a last minute trip to a local Fireworks display certainly perked up our moods… who would’ve thought standing in the drizzly rain for an hour on a cold October night could be so much fun?
Anyway, yesterday I decided it was high time to have a good clear out and needless to say handbags were top of my list. I seem to have accumulated a collection of bags that I’ve used to death then pretty much slung below my bed and forgotten about. They were EVERYWHERE.
Now as much as I’d love a Carrie Bradshaw style closet to display all my shoes & accessories, I simply don’t have the room (or funds) to do so. But having a clear out did get me thinking about my buying habits when it comes to picking handbags… so with that in mind my first post of November is things to consider when shopping for that next tantalizing tote, captivating clutch or dazzling duffle:
I must admit I’m a bit of an impulse shopper – if I see it, I like it, I buy it. Even more so if it’s affordable, after all who doesn’t love a bargain? However quality has now become much more of a priority to me than simply dashing to the tills with something that’s ‘cheap as chips’ simply because many ‘bargains’ I’ve purchased in the past have only lasted a few months (at most) due to poor manufacturing. Before buying, check things such as: stitching, zips, pockets, the quality of the lining/leather for any defects or warning signs that your bag might not endure everyday wear and tear. If necessary, hold out for an end of season sales that enable you to get a better quality item for half the original price.
A few years ago I spotted a beautiful Pauls Boutique bag in a sale for £15!! *gasp* Being the last one on the shelf I snapped it up and happily took it home without even thinking about the consequences. Much to my disappointment, I realised that I had forgotten one huge fundamental issue in the midst of my excitement – what would it go with? My next question (as I stood bewildered in my bedroom) was ‘What was I thinking?’ It was like nothing I normally wore and suddenly realised it actually clashed with everything rather than complimented it. If you’re planning on using your bag everyday just make sure it’s actually going to suit your every day style, if your wardrobe is a little unpredictable stick to black or neutrals so you don’t end up wasting money on something you’ll probably not get the full use out of. Yes… like me *sigh*
I don’t know about you, but I like a bag that I’m able to sling over my shoulder, as for me there is nothing more frustrating than having to constantly set my it down when I’m rummaging through my favourite shops and need both hands to look at something – which is also a recipe for disaster if you’re prone to forgetfulness! Trying before you buy can really make a difference. I doubt I’m not the only one who has bought a bag that just doesn’t feel comfy once I start using it and ends up below the bed with early retirement.
From a personal point of view I love a bag that has lots of little compartments and is big enough for me to fit the following: phone, my money/card purse, lippies, small tube of hand cream, perfume, body spray, note pad and a bottle of something to keep me hydrated. If I can’t cram all that in then it’s just not going to work. Others however prefer to travel a little lighter and can neatly pack all their essentials into one compact little carrier. Just make sure you can too before you end up splashing your cash on something that is going to leave you scratching your head in wonderment when trying to fit everything in.
It’s all very well falling head over heels for a gorgeous suede bag that will go perfect with your current wardrobe style but if you spend your winter morning standing at a drizzly wet bus stop waiting on the no.5 to arrive, you’ll probably not appreciate your awesome new arm-piece (and its contents) getting drenched in the process. Considering Ireland is a pretty damp place this time of year I always opt for something that’s going to hold up come wind, rain, sleet or snow. Are you heavy handed with your bags and throw them at your feet or into the car without a second thought to where it will land? Or do you prefer to dust it down and then set it neatly on the back seat? Take a moment to consider how, when and where you’ll be using your new accessory to avoid any potential material melt downs well before its time.
What’s your top priority when it comes to investing in some new arm candy? I’d love to read your thoughts, tips or comments below…
As always, thanks for reading! Cheerio chums 🙂