How to Decide if a Handbag is Worth the Investment

Confession: I’m a bag lady. As I’ve gotten older, I’m more willing to spend a little more money on handbag. Deciding to splurge on a handbag is a big decision, but I absolutely believe that buying a high quality, more expensive bag can be a wise investment when it comes to your wardrobe. A designer handbag can make more affordable pieces look more expensive, and depending on what style you choose, can be the focal point of an outfit.

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Kate Spade Pink Purse

Here are three things that help me determine if a handbag is worth the investment.

1. Color

Color is super important to me, as it determines how often I can wear a handbag. A neutral or cognac handbag goes with everything, while black goes with almost every single thing I wear in the winter (and doesn’t show dirt). Depending on what you already have, you may choose to buy a handbag that adds a pop of color to your outfit. Additionally, certain colors are better for year round (black) vs. one season (white).

The most important thing (no matter what) is to assess what you currently have. If you have a couple of neutral bags, search for a bag that is different from what you already own.

Kate Spade Quilted Purse

2. Function

Similar to color, function is extremely important. Are you looking for a handbag you’ll likely use every day? A tote would be a better option for you. My most recent handbag purchase was this tote, which I chose because I wanted something that could fit my laptop and serve as a carry all. I can use it every day, and take out what I need from it to put into smaller purses, e.g., my wallet and a pair of sunglasses.

A small crossbody or a clutch will be great for nights out, as no one wants to carry around a tote while spending a night out on the town. You need something hands-free.

Again, consider your lifestyle and what type of bag you can get the most use out of.

Stella & Dot Palm Leaf Print Clutch

3. Price

Obviously, the price is the biggest factor, and certainly why you may be hesitant to splurge on a handbag. I choose to do one of two things: save up for the handbag, or wait until the handbag goes on sale. If it’s a purse I’ve been thinking about buying for awhile, I’m more likely to pay full price. Knowing that the handbag is still on my mind is a good indication that it’s “true love” and not just one that I’m lusting over.

At the same time, if that handbag goes on sale, it’s often a good sign to me that it’s worth taking the plunge. If it doesn’t go on sale, I choose to think that it wasn’t meant to be.

Now, if you’re in the market for a handbag, make sure to check out the ones I’ve linked below. There are a bunch of different colors and styles.

And what about you? I’d love to hear if handbags are something you choose to save or splurge on!