Elegant Bags - Timeless Style Classics
Elegant Timeless Bags - What to consider before buying a bag.
"The Parisian builds her look around fabulous basics..." - Ines de la Fressange
My favourite classic bag.
If I were honest with myself, I'd admit that I was obsessed with bags.
I remembered my gleeful moments when I went straight to a store to buy my first bag with my first paycheck.
Over the years, I've collected the elegant classic bags and they have been my loyal friends and an anchor to my wardobe.
I've picked up several elegant tips along the way on What bag to buy and buying the best I could afford.
Classic Elegance First
If only our shopping budgets were unlimited! However, I think unlimited or very large budgets are nasty teachers of taste (or rather lack there of).
It is through a small or limited budget that we learn how to develop taste and elegance, when we ensure that it is the best purchase especially when it comes to buying an elegant bag.
Bags should be seen as an 'investment'. If you are fine-tuning your elegant wardrobe, classic bags are one of the first things to collect. Bags are not just 'investments' the way most fashion magazines describes them. If you buy correctly and cleverly, you can pass your bags down to your daughters and granddaughters in the future. It could also be re-sold to fetch a tidy sum.
Sometimes, these bags may be hard to get. They may be costly or only sold in big cities. Though more retailers sell bags online, be careful that you do not buy a low quality knock-off.
If a classic bag is out of reach of your budget, your best bet is simply to 'reference' the look. (And I do not mean to buy fake goods - because the purchases of these goods may encourage the exploitation of child labour somewhere or fund terrorists activities.) You can get a similar-ish bag, with good quality make and leather. Check the linings and the boning of the bag. Shop well, select well, employ exquisite and discrete taste.
Before you go out shopping, take an inventory of your bag closet. You'll be more aware of what you need and soon realize that all you need is a little tweak or update.
General Guidelines for Buying An (Elegant) Bag
Proportion Guidelines for bags:
For elegant bags
Elegantwoman.org's Collection of Elegant Bags
This collection of classic elegant bags are unlikely to go out of style. These are just style referencing only. I'm not endorsing any of these bags. There are plenty of other designers who does similar items for a greater value for your dollar without compromising on quality.
Classic Hermès Bag - Perfect for Work and the City
The "Birkin" bag is a handbag manufactured by leather goods and ready-to-wear manufacturer Hermès. It is named after British-born actress and singer Jane Birkin, a longtime resident of France.
Classic Chanel 2.55 Bag
Perfect for dinners and evening events. If you want to use chanel in the day, get the ones in the silver chain.
Chanel's wellknown "2.55" takes its name from the month and year when Coco Chanel has launched the luxurious item: February 1955.
Perfect for day time activities, shopping, meeting girlfriend for tea. I love how it hangs on my shoulders and goes with all the casual outfits that I have. It is roomy and has space for things we carry around in the day. Lip gloss, purse, sunglasses, mobile phone, notebook and pen, a book, tissue, etc etc.
Classic Louis Vuitton Range
Elegant Bags For The Evening
The smaller the bag, the more elegant. It is especially beautiful to carry something made of crystals to a glitzy event.
Now I'm not advocating designer brands and neither do you need designer brands for elegance. I've just used these brands to illustrate some types of classic bags that most people can identify with.
Indes de la Fressange (my personal favourite style icon) says that it is more chic to carry bags without logos or that are obviously designer. What is more important is a luxurious quality and its measure of style. She says in her book, Parisian Chic "She is uninterested in spending for its own sake and sporting the labels to show for it."
We all love to buy the same things over and over again. Sometimes we buy something too similar to what we already have.
My problem is that I tend to buy too many classics. (I'm too safe!)
Are you like me too? :)
I hope that this page will inspire your collection of elegant bags.
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