What to look for: a new designer handbag

A designer handbag investment

As you will all know I am a real high street queen. I always pick the high street over designer clothes (and always have). I mean, what’s not to love about the British High Street? Next, Topshop, H&M, Zara, M&S, New Look; they’re are all my favourites. J’adore. Mostly because they are all completely affordable and easily accessible but also because they’re just so BANG ON the style. Want the latest trend? They have everything you could possibly need.

‘Fast fashion’ is as popular as ever because many of us want to be seen in the latest looks without spending all the ££££’s. The high street is thus perfect for anyone wanting to update their wardrobe regularly each season without seriously denting their credit card. I too like to keep up with new trends, plus it also feels nice to be able to have some new pieces each season.

However, I am getting a little more fussy when it comes to certain things (in my old age). For example, I am starting to prefer leather shoes & boots for my footwear over cheaper ones. They’re just far comfier and last much longer. I am also getting more into cashmere because the quality is so beautiful and the jumpers look and feel amazing on. I’m therefore willing to spend a little more on these items lately (i.e. investing in them) because I know it’s going to be worth it in the longer term.

Another area that I like to be a little more extravagant with are designer handbags. I have always had a thing for bags (who hasn’t?!) and do love a good piece of arm candy. As I approach the big 4-0- next year, and Hubby is asking me what I want, the words GUCCI, CHLOE and YSL won’t stop going around my mind. True story. 

Hubby kindly bought me a Coach bag earlier this year and Oh my, it’s lovely. What a gent he is! My new black bag is very classic looking, stylish, practical and is literally the perfect size. It’s got both short handles and a long one too, which is great for different carrying options. It’s been hauled around a lot by me this year and yet it still looks in great condition.

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Handbag, John Lewis (only available in navy) £650

 Jeans, Baukjen £99

 Jumper, Next £26

Shoes, Debenhams (sold out)

So here are the things that I’m considering when looking at making a new designer handbag purchase:

1/ Classic

If a new handbag is going to cost as much as a family holiday abroad then it HAS to go with everything I wear! I feel as though there’s no point going for something that will quickly go out of fashion, especially when it is something that I want to last me a very long time. Black or tan is my preference, as well as any kind of tote or clutch bag. These factors are never going to fail in my wardrobe. As I use a handbag so much every day – and they are really essential to my outfit – I don’t mind spending money on getting the right one.

2/ Look around

I’ve been coveting everyone and anyone with any kind of designer handbag lately on Instagram and Pinterest. I have been weighing up many different styles & colours and seeing how people use them to go with their own looks. Whilst I don’t want to look ‘just like everyone else’ it is good to get ideas from fashion bloggers as to how to wear a new designer handbag, and what’s in vogue.

If you’re considering a new one too then it’s a good idea to have a look around online and in stores for any offers, deals or discounts.

3/ Fall in love

Sometimes though, when you see it, you just know. And when you get that feeling it’s like true love. With all the research you can do in the world sometimes it’s simply worth just going with your heart when you spot ‘the one’. Deal done.

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For more inspiration and lusting along with me here’s what I’ve been looking at lately and the bags that are making my heart skip a beat:


Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. November 4, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Jess. And I adore the bag!!! I bought a Mulberry satchel to use as a baby bag. I know it was a stupidly expensive purchase for a baby bag but four years on, it still looks like new and I now use it as a laptop bag. It was well worth it.

    • Jess
      November 5, 2017 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks lovely 🙂 The bag sounds amazing…love a Mulberry xx

  2. November 5, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I love the bag Jess, I have a Mulberry and I love it but realised the other day I have had it 6 years, when you look at it like that they are investments, I am so due a new one but keep looking and never see anything I love as much, I know the right one will come along soon x

    • Jess
      November 5, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks Sarah – I know what you mean. It’s such an investment that it has to be right! xx

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