You should have a good idea of what your style will look like in the future. | Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Luxury Item
Handbags areِ a surprisingly difficult accessory toِ shop for.
We’re allِ for choosing a classic butِ budget-friendly style, butِ sometimes youِ find yourselfِ consideringِ a muchِ higher-end bag — theِ kind youِ canِ picture yourselfِ lusting afterِ for months orِ evenِ years asِ you tryِ toِ decide whetherِ theِ extravagantly high price tag isِ worth it.
Typically, a big purchase isِ goingِ to takeِ a lot ofِ research andِ consideration toِ getِ right.
1. Have you adopted a long-term view of your wardrobe?
If yourِ wardrobe isِ stocked withِ well-planned purchases andِ carefully considered investments, you’re probablyِ ready toِ thinkِ aboutِ an expensive handbag purchase.
If youِ thinkِ carefully aboutِ what yourِ lookِ isِ andِ what pieces areِ going toِ beِ long-lasting purchases, you’re onِ the rightِ track.
You needِ to makeِ sure thatِ you’re clear onِ what yourِ style isِ andِ which pieces areِ going toِ beِ useful season after season.
Nice handbags are an investment, but they’re worth it. | Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images
Do you feel “you get what you pay for” when it comes to handbags?
If you’ve everِ held oneِ inِ hand — andِ even ifِ you haven’t — you’re probablyِ aware ofِ ways inِ which theِ oldِ adage “you getِ what youِ pay for” applies toِ handbags.
High-quality materials, top-of-the-line craftsmanship, andِ gorgeous details areِ simply somethingِ that you’re moreِ likelyِ to seeِ onِ anِ expensive handbag thanِ onِ a mass-produced one with a moreِ attainable price tag.
But doِ you find yourselfِ lusting afterِ the pricey handbag forِ its quality andِ details orِ simply becauseِ of theِ name.
3. Are you absolutely in love with the design, color, and size?
It’s easy toِ getِ swept upِ byِ the hype surrounding anِ iconic bag, whetherِ it’s a long-standing classic orِ a newِ favorite fromِ a brand withِ a cult following.
If you’re thinking aboutِ spending a considerable amount ofِ money — whateverِ thatِ means toِ you — onِ a handbag, youِ needِ to makeِ sure you’re actuallyِ in love withِ theِ style.
Consider whetherِ theِ bag wouldِ lookِ good withِ theِ majority ofِ your outfits andِ if you’ll wantِ toِ carry itِ duringِ multiple seasons ofِ the year.
4. Is this bag going to go out of style?
You should absolutely love the handbag before purchasing. | Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images
Related toِ theِ lastِ point, youِ wantِ toِ considerِ if thisِ particularِ bag isِ going to goِ out ofِ style anytime soon.
Most people useِ theِ term “investment purchase” toِ signify anِ item they’re goingِ to spend a lot ofِ money on, thenِ use extensively forِ years toِ come.
But whetherِ orِ notِ you’re consideringِ one ofِ those styles, youِ mayِ want toِ askِ yourself if the bag you’re consideringِ is a true classic.
Choose a classic bag. | Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images
Make sure you’re going to use your bag of choice. | Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images