Things To Consider When Buying A Designer Bag

If you follow me on Instagram, I imagine you would’ve seen me declare my love for my new Mulberry Lily bag which I was fortunate enough to receive for my 21st birthday. Mum gave me the heads up months before that she wanted to get me a designer bag so I had plenty of time to think about what I wanted. These are the questions that ran through my mind when making that decision because let’s be honest, who wants to waste hundreds and thousands of pounds on a bag!

Things To Consider When Buying A Designer Bag


Is it really necessary?

You may have your eye on the most beautiful Diorama bag but if you already have three other black bags that you use, do you really need to spend hundreds on another one? Maybe this is bad example because I’d sell my brother for one of these bags but the concept is there! And if you’re really desperate to buy a fourth black bag then consider selling your other three to contribute money from them.

What exactly are you after?

This goes without saying but what are you actually after? Do you want a glitzy evening bag that you can use maybe once every few months or a bigger, more structured bag for everyday use? How much use do you want to be getting from your purchase? I knew that I wanted a new day bag big enough to fit in my essentials but I also wanted it to be small enough for me to wear to events and it not be too bulky. This narrowed the whole Mulberry selection right down and helped me pick my beauty!

Is it timeless?

Let’s be honest, not all designer bags are timeless and you only have to look at Fendi’s collection to see what I mean. A classic bag will never go out of fashion, just take the classic Chanel bag for example so if you have an idea that you might have to resell in the future then remember that some bags will sell easier than others.

How much should you pay?

Now I’m not expert when it comes to designer bag prices but what I do know is that if you’re investing in something classic that you will use over and over again then be prepared to spend a bit more than you would on a seasonal piece. If you’re on a budget then take a look at second-hand bags on websites like Vestiare which will save you a tonne of money!

Do you need the matching purse?

Okay so this is a little bit of a joke but if you buy a new designer bag, does it mean you’re going to want the matching designer purse to go in it? I only say this because after my recent purchase I later realised that my beloved Michael Kors purse was too big to go in it so like any other woman would, I bought a black Mulberry purse to match! You should have a think about it though and instead of splashing out for the sake of it (like I did), why don’t you save and make it your next big purchase? Then you’ve got something to look forward to!

Answered all of these questions confidently? Yes? Well then, you’re reading to make your designer purchase!


  1. 14/07/2017 / 14:06

    This post is really cool – I think though, when I'm buying a designer bag, I like to go for more statement pieces – but they are timeless to me because I wear them regardless of if they are in fashion.

    • Katy Stephenson
      17/07/2017 / 11:06

      As long as they're timeless to you then that's all that matters! x

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