No outfit is complete without a proper handbag.
Today, I’m opening my closet doors to show you my collection of handbags, and classifying each bag into one of three separate categories: Designer, Somewhere in the Middle, and Affordable.
Let’s get started!
1. Vintage Chanel Shoulder Bag
One word: Timeless. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always dreamed of being the owner of my own vintage Chanel, and that dream became reality late last fall. I had been searching far and wide for the perfect one, and ultimately came across this beauty on Vestiaire Collective. In terms of practicality, this piece is ideal because of the sleek black leather that, naturally, goes with everything in my closet. One of my best and most sentimental purchases to date.
This is, hands down, my most worn bag. Because of its neutral color and convenient crossbody strap, I am constantly taking it on the go with me. With that said, I was a bit hesitant to get it at first because of its tiny stature. And while it definitely isn’t super spacious, it can still fit all of the essentials: my cardholder, phone, and lip gloss – which are usually the only items I ever really need when I’m out and about. Still a good investment in my book!
Although this is a very seasonal accessory, the cost per wear has to be in the pennies at this point! I wear this bag nearly every day without fail during the summer months. I love how spacious it is. However, because it’s woven, you do have to be careful as it’s slightly fragile.
Somewhere in the Middle
1. Kate Spade Dual Purpose Bag
Let me start off by saying this bag is about three years old and I don’t know its exact name (hence, the made-up one!). I will say that this wasn’t one of my best purchases as I’ve only worn it a handful of times, but I do love the eggshell color and the gold hardware.
What initially drew me to this bag was the color. As you can tell, I’m a sucker for neutral tones – especially when it comes to handbags – so I knew this would be the perfect addition to my collection. I particularly love pairing it with my brown Hermès Oran Sandals to balance out the look.
A bit of a statement, the Staud Shirley bag is one of my favorites. I was drawn to its rectangular shape and liked the transparency of the entire accessory. I can’t wait to wear it with my Zara chunky boots this winter.
1. The “Pop of Color” Crossbody
Once again, this is one of the older bags in my collection, which is why it doesn’t have an official name. Nonetheless, it’s always my go-to when I’m looking to add interest to an outfit, as it never fails to become the focal point of any look.
2. The “Hand-Me-Down” Mini
I have my grandmother to thank for this one! Major designers like Jacquemus have made the mini bag quite a popular trend over the last couple of seasons, which is exactly why my mini isn’t going anywhere. I hope this becomes a piece that’s handed down for generations to come!
What does your handbag collection look like?