How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag

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How To Choose Your First Designer Bag


Buying your first designer handbag is indisputably a big decision. Perhaps you’re a little nervous about buyers regret or simply about the money you’re about to spend. We get it.

We know you probably can’t stop dreaming about the first designer handbag you should be carrying around town – don’t worry, we’ve got you.  Shake your worries off with our guide to choosing your first luxury handbag.


Set A Budget For Your Designer HandbagHow to choose your first designer bag

Realistically, you probably shouldn’t be signing yourself into major debt trying to buy your first designer handbag. Set a budget you’re comfortable with, whether it’s going to be paid off over 3 months or immediately. Your truly classic bags that you’ve probably seen on your favourite celebrity arms are no doubt quite pricey for a first-time piece. If you’re just starting out and not quite sure that designer bags are your thing, perhaps the most expensive bag should not be your first choice.

However, the heart wants what it wants, and if it wants that Chanel Boy Bag or a Dior Saddle, there is always the wonderful world of pre-owned designer goods. You can find classics at a fraction of the price of buying it brand new on our online store or at one of our stores in Johannesburg or Cape Town. You don’t have to worry about compromising on the condition of your bags. Most people who buy and designer pieces take very good care of their valuable items – it’s a win-win situation.


Define the Purpose of Your First Designer Purchase

How to Choose Your First Designer Bag

The rule of thumb is that your bag should blend into whatever it is that you’re regularly doing. Think about the actual purpose of your first designer bag. Will it be for work? Would it be a special occasion bag? How much space do you need? Do you need an attachable, crossbody strap?

Then comes the more difficult questions to face — are you hard on your bags? Do you take your bag with you through the elements and more? All these things should factor into your commitment to your first designer bag. Durability is always a given, as you’re essentially investing in a piece that is built to last. What you really want is a design that you love. Something that functionally fits your lifestyle or intended purpose.


Keep in Mind the Size and Silhouette of Your Designer Bag

How to choose your first designer handbag

So, you’ve decided that you’ll use it for work because the cost per wear gives you less anxiety. That’s great! When choosing a bag fit for a more corporate environment, a bag with structure and a bit of room for your day-to-day essentials and on-the-go lifestyle is your best bet.

Or maybe you decided you go to more events than the average person and you need a great outfit addition? Think of all the things that are vital to your handbag in these situations. Your perfect bag should be able to comfortably accommodate all your essentials and still enhance your outfits.


Material, Texture, and Colour of Your Purchase

How to choose your first designer handbag


Once you determine how and where you’ll be using it, start thinking about the nitty gritty of the bag itself. Material, texture and colour can affect the appropriateness of the bag for the intended use.

A smooth leather-like calf or lambskin is always beautiful and sophisticated, but it can easily show scratches. Textured leathers last longer, and are, for that reason, perfect for work or travel. Your exotic skins like python or crocodile can be delicate and are truthfully not ideal for everyday use.

Lastly, the colour. Of course, your everyday or work bag is best in a neutral colour, as you will use it more often. Black is probably your best bet, but navy or grey can be very complementary as well. If you prefer a pop of colour, you could get away with a vibrant red or bottle green. Although if you’re opting for an evening clutch, don’t be afraid of colour or metallic hues. After all, your investment should look like one.


Narrow Down Your Favourite Brands

Buying your first designer bag

By the time you’ve chosen a budget, shape and material, you would have an inclination as to which brands hold the best options for you. What you want to think about is which brand you’ve always dreamed of making a purchase from, or which are more accessible for you. For example, if you’re in South Africa, popping into a Chanel boutique is not an option, and importing one could be problematic. You’ll know which bag you want by the lengths you’ll go to get your hands on it, so trust your gut and do your research!

Remember, you can always trust Luxity to provide authenticated designer handbags in excellent condition. We know just how daunting it is to break a certain spending threshold for the first time – it can be a roller coaster of anxiety and indecisiveness. Shopping pre-owned is a great way to ease yourself into the purchase of a luxury bag. Not only do we ease the pressure of costs, but you can also rest assured that you can always re-sell your investment – sometimes for more than you actually paid for it.

Do some research on our website for designer handbags. Our selection is updated regularly and we guarantee authentic designer pieces in perfect condition. On the other hand, if you’re thinking of selling your first luxury item, get in touch with us and we can manage the process for you!