sidearm style: the luxe bag fashion guide
Handbags in a luxury fashion store

Functional and fashionable, luxury handbags are the perfect accessory for any wardrobe. While luxury handbags tend to be expensive, the right bag can be a worthwhile expenditure. There’s a range of bags that are worthy of investment (and not too harsh on your wallet), whether you’re into Gucci’s Dionysus mini bags or are looking at used Louis Vuitton bags

With the knowledge that designer bags are actually a better investment than traditional artwork, they’re a splurge you can justify. With that said, your choice to purchase a luxury bag should not be decided upon lightly. It’s important to know what bag will suit you for right now and for the long term- so you won’t be regretting your decision later. Here’s our luxe bag fashion guide to help you get started. 

Don’t Break From Tradition.

Every season brings a new ‘it’ bag, but they’re not all created equally. For most of us, money isn’t unlimited- so it’s important to consider how your bag will age over time. Many handbags actually appreciate in value, while some of the more trendy pieces tend to depreciate once the season has run its course. This means that you might have to stay away from bags with speciality colours, or bags that are too ostentatious.

While you might not be able to get your hands on a Birkin bag, pieces like the Chanel flapbag and Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag are known to not only retain their value but increase in resale price. Handbags were the biggest investment piece of 2019, so you should always consider your purchase as an investment, rather than an impulse buy. This means it’s better to opt for timeless pieces, rather than what’s hot at the moment. Think more Dior saddlebag, rather than a GucciGhost tote. 

Look for Longevity.

It might be tempting to pay a little less for a bag of a lesser standard, but it’s important that you’re vigilant in researching the quality of your chosen handbag. The right bag should be something you can use every day, without fear of drastic wear and tear. Though good quality pieces tend to be higher in price, they will work out cheaper in the long run as you won’t have to replace them nearly as much (if at all). 

Brands like Hermes, Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton are renowned for using high-quality materials and manufacturing processes, so their products are certain to last for decades if they’re looked after correctly. If there are budget concerns, you can always head to pre-owned and resale websites to hopefully find a discount on your coveted piece. 

Consider Your Needs.

Handbags are more than just a chic finishing touch to your outfit, they should also be functional and suitable for daily use. We all have different schedules, so you should consider your own when you’re weighing up which bag to buy. The iconic Fendi Baguette, for instance, looks stunning on your arm and is perfect for a night out- but its petite size wouldn’t be suitable for somebody who needs to travel frequently. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a Givenchy Antigona tote is perfect for those of us that need to bring our laptops wherever we go, but wouldn’t suit anyone who simply needs to have their phone, keys and wallet handy. There is a wide variety of luxury bags to suit every need, so it’s a good idea to look for one that works with your specific lifestyle and your daily schedule. The right bag will become your best friend, so make sure you find the perfect match to suit your needs!