A bag, if chosen wisely, can last a lifetime.
While our style and needs may evolve, the right investment can save time, money and years of buyer’s remorse. Not to mention that shopping smarter is the key to a more sustainable wardrobe.
While you can easily find these styles at all different price points, there is something to be said about the lasting value of a good quality bag. With sites like TheRealReal and Vestaire Collective pioneering a resurgence in consignment and the re-sell market, designer bags hold worth long after purchasing, and sometimes they even become more valuable over time.
So, if you’re looking to get started on your handbag capsule collection, here are the styles that we would opt for.
The Quilted Bag
A trick to discerning an investment from a fling is looking back at styles that still resonate with you today. For many of us, even paired with some truly disturbing outfits from the ’00s, a Chanel quilted bag still stands out as a must-own.
‘Flap Bag’ in Navy Blue, $6,960 at Chanel.
The Carry-All Tote Bag
A must for anyone that is never without their essentials. Whether it’s a book you can’t put down, a spare jumper or your keep-cup, these are the bags that you’re always going to be glad you bought. Because of their size, they can sometimes swamp your frame so opt for either a pop of colour or a textured leather.
‘Muse Texture Square Tote’, $375.20 at Oroton.
The Mini Bag
A good mini bag has the capacity to see you through a myriad of occasions, offering enough size and space to stash essentials while maintaining a compact frame that won’t overwhelm your ensemble.
‘Signature Mini Bag’ in yellow (available in multiple colours) by Tod’s, $2,860 at Tod’s.
The Shoulder Bag
‘1995 Horsebit GG Shoulder Bag’ by Gucci, $3,155 at MyTheresa.
The Evening Bag
Depending on your lifestyle, an evening bag is always a good investment to keep in your closet. Although, with more and more brands blurring the lines between day and evening wear, these styles no longer need to be restricted to special events, meaning more bang for your buck.
‘1969 Nano Small Chain Shoulder Bag’, $737 by Paco Rabanne at Matches.