Your "It" Bag

by T

Factors you should consider before getting that perfect arm pet

 

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One of my favorite movies is The Devil Wears Prada, aside from the nearly hopeless assistant abilities of Andy Sachs and the nail-to-chalk presence of Miranda Priestly, I absolutely adored the fashion and the… uncanny similarity to what goes on in the Vogue office.

If you have seen the movie, you should remember the recurring scene of how Miranda would (rudely) plop her bag and coat down on Andy’s desk as she entered her personal office. A look of surprise and distraught on Andy’s face would be pure bliss on others to be in a presence of a Prada or Marc Jacobs or Birkin.

 

“You are in desperate need of Chanel”- Nigel

 

Now we all can’t be a Miranda Priestly have options upon options of designer purses to plop down on our assistants desk, but we  can indeed (and deserve!) to have that “It” bag that serves any need we may have. Whether it be four cups of piping hot Starbucks coffee or anything… Ok, no coffee by the bag, please.

So before you decide to sell your entire stock in McDonald’s to get that Vuitton you have been eyeing, here are a few things you should consider while shopping for that “It” bag.

1. Price and Longevity

Now I am all for starving for fashion and all (a day at the most), but I do not think it is physically or financially wise to spend your whole month/year/investment plan salary on a bag. Remember you do want to eat and live after this bag, in fact… make a post it note of this exact saying! If all your needs are met for at least a couple of months before buying the purse of your dreams, by all means buy away! But if not, you may want to put a budget plan into place. Whatever the cost of the bag, put away a percentage of money for your income . For example, say you make a grand a month. Take away from bills and expenses (let’s say $600.00), you are left with $400.00 a month to play with. Put away half of that for your bag a month until you reach the price-tag amount!

Along with the price-tag amount of your bag, you also want to make sure this bag will last the longevity of your use. How long are you going to have it? What are you using it for? Where will you mostly be storing it? Of course, the cheaper bags tend to have poorer quality material, and the more expensive is made of better quality material (various real leathers, snake-skin, sheep skin.) Of course, if you oppose having an animal on your arm, there are many faux handbag options available out there. Nordstrom even has a handbag option on their website that searches for bags made of faux materials.

2. Color and Size

The color of your “It” bag should not only be one that makes you happy, but it also should compliment with most of your wardrobe. Although a lime colored bag looks awesome in latest summer fashion spread of Elle , it is not that practical for your daily wardrobe (unless of course you are a walking rave party). Blacks, whites, and nudes complement most wardrobes. Certain blue, orange and red hued also work for those that would like some color and complement. These colors will work for those that will be carrying this bag throughout the year. If you have the funds, you can have a fall/winter bag and a spring/summer bag. Your spring/summer bag can have a more “pop” of color such as pastels or even some neons.

The size of the bag will depend on your lifestyle. If you constantly on your feet and running errands, you may want to fare for a smaller sized bag (if you don’t have much to carry) with different strap carrying options (longer strap, across the chest strap, etc.) On the opposite side, if you are not constantly moving and have a lot to carry around, you may fare for a bigger sized bag. Along with size, you should consider the style of the bag. There are MANY different styles of bags, each with their own benefits.

3. Contents and Storage

Your decisions on the points above should also include what you are actually going to put in your bag. If it is just the basics (wallet, makeup bag, pad, writing utensils) then you won’t have to worry much about the various sizes you will need. Of course, there are you Girlys out there that pretty much put your whole life into your bag! Whatever the contents, make sure your “It” bag will have enough space to fit all your stuff, without necessarily harming the material inside and “stretching” the material of the bag. If you have objects that can possibly spill while inside your bag, invest in smaller spill-proof compartments for these objects.

Unless you have an assistant you can just throw your bag at and it ends up in a safe storing spot, make sure to place your bag in a highly visible area that is readily available to you. This prevents it from being tripped over, spilled on, or kicked across the room (believe me, I know firsthand.) And it also takes the guesswork out of trying to find it when you are in a rush in the morning. If you are one of those Girlys-on-the-go that take part in the morning rush often, put it in the last room you will go to before you leave or near your car keys.

So there you have it, just a few things to ponder before making that Marc Jacobs buy. A quick summary, shall we?

· Price within your range. Don’t starve for the bag! Budget, budget, budget.

· Buy based on longevity, check out material.

· Buy a color that will complement your wardrobe, and a size that complements your lifestyle.

· Also buy based on what will actually be in your bag.

· Pick a highly visible storage space!

 

xoxo Girlys,

T

P.S.- Please also be aware of the health hazards associated with “big” bags. An informed decision is a healthy one! Good luck. :)

P.P.S- If your interested in buying USED designer bags. Here and here are sites to start with.

I am in no one affiliated nor contracted with any companies I have listed here. They are merely my own free-willed suggestions.

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