Q&A Thursday: Investment Bags


This week’s question comes from Sherri, who asked:

If you were making an investment into an everyday quality designer leather handbag, what color might you suggest purchasing? I have my eye on a Prada bag, and I am thinking a neutral, but tan, red, and blue are all very versatile colors, and I cannot decide. I would greatly appreciate your advice before I make my purchase. Thank you!

I am a big fan of investment bags; I’d rather have a few beautiful, high-quality bags in my closet that I love than dozens of lower priced options that I am lukewarm about. I feel the same way about shoes.

If you are looking to spend serious money on a designer bag, look for a few things:

Minimal Hardware – Too much hardware will fight with your other accessories making your look messy. Pick one with little to no hardware. If you wear a lot of gold, go with the gold hardware, etc.  While you don’t want to be “matchy-matchy” an easy way to elevate your look is to be sure that your metals on your shoe, bag, and belt buckle are the same color.

Pick a Classic Style – We talked a few weeks ago about the new “it” bag being a bucket style. Avoid investing in fleeting trends. Instead, look for a classic satchel or tote.

Go Neutral – Red and blue can be versatile but if I were putting money into a bag I wanted to carry for years to come, I would go as neutral as possible. If you wear mostly black, go that direction. If you mix it up between black, brown and gray, go for a dark, rich tan. If you already have black and tan, consider gray. It’s a new neutral that will go with everything.

Here are some ideas:

Prada Daino Side-Pocket Tote Bag, Medium BrownPrada Daino Side Pocket Tote, $1600

If you’re looking at Prada, this is a gorgeous, classic option.  It’s big, so keep that in mind when thinking about practicality.

Prada Large Side-Pocket Hobo Bag, GrayPrada Large Side Pocket Hobo, $1550

This gray option is my favorite.  It’s modern and updated.

Chloe Marcie Medium Shoulder BagChloe Marcie Medium Shoulder Bag, $1990

I would pick this bag if I could buy any black bag, regardless of price. When it first came out, it was the “it” bag that every blogger and editor carried. It’s stood the test of time and is now a modern classic.

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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