Monday, July 16, 2012

Building a Handbag Wardrobe - The Classics

I've always loved designer handbags. I'm happy with comfortable shoes, simple clothes and a few pieces of jewelry...but when it comes to bags - I have fancy tastes! I'm slowly trying to build a "handbag wardrobe" - a collection of classic quality bags that will suit many different occasions.

Here are some of my key pieces:

Everyday bag: Doesn't show wear easily. Good for: going shopping or out to lunch.
My Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in Monogram print
Mulberry Mini Alexa. Image Source here.

Cross-body bag: Hands-free & light. Good for: outdoor activities.
My Marc Jacobs Single
MBMJ Natasha in Blush. Image Source here.

Special Event: Can be small & delicate as it will only be used on special occasions. Good for: date nights and parties.
My Quilted Caviar Chanel WOC
My Balenciaga First in Sahara

Travel bag (to pack): Light enough to be packed/added to carry-on luggage and unfolded as needed. Good for: Trips where you have limited space.
My Small Le Pliage bag in Pink
  • Another option: Hard to choose another one - Longchamp has designed the best packable bag! Would love to hear your suggestions. (Edit: just remembered - I love Herve Chapelier bags for traveling, I have 2 small ones and 1 large one)

Structured Tote: Large enough to fit in documents and a laptop. Good for: work or traveling.
  • My bag: I don't have one yet - getting one is not urgent for my current lifestyle. When I go back to work - I'd be seriously tempted by the Prada Saffiano Double Handle Tote
Prada Saffiano Small Double Handle Tote in Camel. Image Source here.
  • Another option: Celine Luggage Tote. Love the one featured on  Wendy's Lookbook (originally posted here)
Celine Micro Luggage Tote in Jungle. Image Source here.

Mom bag: Similar to the "everyday bag" but needs to slightly more durable and spacious -  should be able to resist staining from sticky fingers and snack spillage. Can carry on shoulder if necessary. Good for: carrying your essentials while having space for wet wipes, drinks, kiddy books etc.
  • My bag: To Be Revealed - hubby got me my dream bag as a birthday/anni present! Update here
  • Another option: LV Neverfull in Damier Ebene (the darker handles are more stain resistant than the vachetta ones on the Monogram & Damier Azur versions)
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM in Damier Ebene. Image Source here.

 What are your must-have bags? Is there any category or bag you would add to my list?



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32 comments:

  1. That Chanel is perfect. I need that!

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    1. Thanks - I love the color and quilting of it. It's small - but definitely fits in the essentials for an evening.

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    1. Thanks! I've definitely gotten lots of use out of my Speedy bag - not so much the other 2 as I save them for special occasions.

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  3. Great post Ella! I too am working on building a classic handbag collection. I love handbags more then anything! I know so many women are obsessed with shoes...I like shoes, but the only luxury item I crave is a beautiful bag. I used to go for quantity, but now I'm working on quality. I guess that comes with age ;) I really want an LV speedy or neverfull, as well as a Rebecca Minkoff MAC. I know I'll treat myself to an RM very soon! I absolutely love your bags, you have such great pieces.

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    1. Can't wait to see what RM you pick out - she has some gorgeous styles. I'm SUCH a bag person - but I think they're a good investment for me, because I rotate my bags and take good care of them...and I try to get bags that fit with my lifestyle/I'm not scared to use - no point in just collecting and storing them.

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  4. I love your bag collection!
    There are a few bags I really want, one of them being the LV neverfull MM in Damier Azure. I've talked myself a few times into getting one but really quickly talk myself out of it. I have to work on that lol

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    1. Thanks Lilly! The Neverfull MM is such a practical bag - and the Azur print is so chic. I have a hard time justifying bag purchases (though it may not seem like it by this post LOL!) but getting them as birthday/anni presents OR saving up for them helps me feel better about it :-)

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  5. I always splurge on my bags, too. Gucci has always been my choice, but lately I've been wanting that LV never full.

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    1. The Neverfull is very popular - and I think it looks so elegant too!

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  6. I'm such a bag girl too!! Your collection is absolutely gorgeous, can't wait to see what your hubs bought you!

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    1. You ARE such a bag girl - and I think you have a very classic collection. I know you're super-busy, but I'd LOVE to see a handbag collection post - you have so many gorgeous bags :-) I can't wait to reveal hubby's present - hopefully on my next post :-)

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  7. just discovered your blog and I love it!
    I'm your newest follower! hope you can check me out as well!

    allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for following - I enjoyed looking at your blog - love your peach target jeans...can't wait for target to open in Canada!

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  8. why haven't i ever heard of la pliage!?! need to look into it. your blog is super cute, love your taste!
    xo

    anticipation

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    1. Thanks Taylor! I always see lots of Le Pliage bag being sold at duty free in the airport - they're pretty reasonable there - otherwise selected department stores (or magnum.net) are good sources ;-)

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  9. The neverfull is my 'mum' bag (I'm an Aussie!), love your blog!

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    1. Great choice - I bet it holds EVERYTHING! I've seen many mothers carrying them - and they hardly ever show any wear.

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  10. loving all your bags! <3

    xx

    www.aroundlucia.com
    www.aroundlucia.com

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  11. OMG I love bags too!!!! It's like your my BFF! I can't wait to here about your surprise bag that your hubby bought you - what a nice hubby you have! My current favorite bag is this purple Coach number that my sister bought me. You should meet her I think you'll like her taste in bags!!!

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    1. Always good to hear from a fellow bag lover ;-)

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  12. you have a gorgeous bag collection! I am beyond envious ;)

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    1. Thanks! Using a special bag makes me happy - and I'm glad I'm able to rotate and use all of my collection - makes me feel like they're a good investment :-)

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  13. Great choices <3
    I love messenger purses. So easy to walk around with <3

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  14. We have similar tastes in bags! I have the Timeless Chanel WOC and it's definitely a special occasion bag. I actually keep it nestled in its box locked in a fireproof safe (I'm very paranoid, but hey, it was expensive). I agree with you for all your other choices but I would choose the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac as a cross body and the Michael Kors large Hamilton tote as a travel bag. Love the bag collection, I have a LV Speedy 30 it was my first designer bag and opened the door to my expensive addiction. I'll cheap out on clothing but never on bags.

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    1. Oooh - a fellow bag lover - yay! Love the Minkoff Mini Macs - they're so elegant. And the MK Hamilton tote is gorgeous - especially the tan version...I think that may go on my wishlist next :-)

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  15. Sorry to add such a late comment, but I had a bag related question I was hoping you could answer for me!

    I found your blog while searching the Celine micro luggage tote...I'm not currently looking for a designer bag, however I saw the Celine featured in a "What's In My Purse?" makeup vlog and it looks like it is so well-structured and easy to organize. As it seems you know much more about bags than I, could you recommend a similar structured style in a lower-cost bag?

    Thanks so much, and great post!

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    1. Would love to help you find a similar bag - bag-hunting is so much fun :-) Just wanted to know - what is your price range (i.e. below $100, below $500?) and are you looking for leather or is synthetic ok?

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  16. I am looking into Tory Burch purses to find a small but stylish bag to carry on small occasions. That patent chanel looks perfectly sophisticated to me.

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  17. Love all these bags, we certainly have similar tastes! I have the Mulberry Alexa but have to say the leather doesn't hold up as well as the price tag would indicate. Mine is brown so maybe a black would have fared better. I'm DREAMING of the Celine luggage bag, the price tag is super steep but I keep telling myself that I can pass it down to my daughter and that maybe it will have gone up in value in 20 years. I'm almost convinced ;)

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  18. I can dreammm! It's going to take me months to save for Michael Kors Selma large in black though as here in Australia its more than i make in two weeks! so anything more most likely will never happen, deeply jealous! :)

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