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Fashion trends are so fleeting. When I was younger I didn’t mind picking up a new purse every season. As I got older I’d stare at the piles of unused bags from trendy seasons past and got sick. I really blew a ton of money every single season on the hottest handbag in the coolest print then tossed it aside after a month or two.
As I purged these bags I decided to get smart. I could still have nice handbags but they should be functional and they should work year-round and with multiple outfits. The purses should be high-quality, durable, sized for my needs and not too heavy (because I plan to load them up with stuff).
Here are some of my favorite bag styles, all of which are high-quality and will stand the test of time. During this sale time at Macy’s they’re ALL under $200. Once the sale ends they’ll likely go up to their full price but still watch for sales and coupon codes you can use to get a savings discount. I would imagine that throughout the season we’ll be seeing more of them. Also I’m a bit of a brand snob so apologies in advance for that ?.
(restrictions may apply, ends 11/26/2019)
shown (sale pricing listed): Coach Crossbody Clutch ($105.00) | Coach Prairie Satchel ($147.50) | Kate Spade Carolyn Shoulder Bag ($199.65) | MICHAEL Michael Kors Camille Satchel ($141.75) | MICHAEL Michael Kors Lillie Chain Leather Hobo ($149.25) | MICHAEL Michael Kors Pebble Leather Half Dome Crossbody ($55.50) | MICHAEL Michael Kors Saylor Tote ($118.80) | MICHAEL Michael Kors Voyager East West Leather Tote ($111.75) | Patricia Nash Bark Leaves Luzille Embossed Leather Backpack ($161.40)
When shopping this way I’ve found that it’s important to (1) stay away from “signature” type bags where it’s all canvas and logo – some are okay like this one. (2) Stick to well-made, strong materials. You’ll be able to tell the minute you touch a bag, regardless of the material, if it’s flimsy. (3) Steer clear of most prints (like floral, for example, which only seems to shine in the Spring/Summer. Something like this is ok because it’s not colorful) and (4) if you’re looking to buy a white bag make sure it’s a year-round muted white like this one rather than a bright, summery white. (5) Color is okay but if you go too bright you’re looking at more seasonal style restrictions. When it comes to choosing any year-round hue, muted tones are best.
You will always be tempted with the trends, collabs and the latest, greatest thing. When I was looking for my picks for this post I saw a Coach x Wizard of Oz collab that almost made me throw every one of my rules out the window. Be strong.
I’ll leave you with this. When you decide you need/want a new handbag – think before you shop. What will I wear this with? When will I wear this? Will I still be able to use this in a year? In 5 years? In 10 years? Is this on sale? (because trust, it will be eventually)
What is your favorite handbag to use all year, year-round?