My theory: Iconic bags should be part of every mature woman’s wardrobe.
This week, my oldest daughter asked me for my Christmas list. Honestly, as I told her, all I want is to see all three of my daughters (preferably together, but I’ll take what I can get). Not being a mother of kids who have flown the coop, she didn’t believe me. Her response was to tell me to go online or out to the stores and find something that I want.
Ha! I’m at the stage in life where I’m past wanting something just to have MORE. As many empty-nesters (although I still have one at home), the time has come when we want less of it all. Less clutter, less mess, less stuff that isn’t necessary for our lives.
BUT then there are BAGS! Bags glorious bags! Women of a certain age (ah-hem) deserve the indulgence or a really beautiful bag. In fact, we deserve several of them. Timeless and classic, investment pieces that will NOT clutter up our closets. They will be treasures to care for and cherish (oh gosh, am I replacing my children??).
What is this post about?
In the next few paragraphs, you’ll be given an introduction to a gift guide put together for YOU! For YOU, the woman who has given so much for years and years. You definitely deserve to be treated with a special gift that will be as special when you hand it down to your daughter as it is to you on the day you receive it!
This post does not contain any affiliate links. I’m writing it, not to make any money, but to share a love of the beautiful craftsmanship in an iconic bag’s design.
iconic Bags vs. passing trends
There is a truth that is useful when buying almost anything, whether it be apparel, furniture, or handbags: Buy the best quality classic style your budget can allow. These are the pieces that never go out of style and will mix in well with the trends that pass through our lives.
While there are people who have the resources to pay a LOT for a bag-of-the-moment, most of us find luxury designer bags to be a significant piece of our finances. That’s why it’s important FIRST buy a classic and timeless piece, and then to use the leftover funds to purchase fun pieces to mix into your closet.
The bags I’m including in the Gift Guide, see below, are classics. Many of them have been around for decades and will continue to command a market share for many years to come.
That said, not all of use can spend over $1,000 on an accessory, even one that will last forever. For those of us, I’m also including a more THRIFT alternative to the iconic bags.
does “thrifty” mean cheap?
In this case, many of the “thrifty” alternatives are still expensive. They are still exceptionally crafted of exquisite materials. They are, however, a fraction of the iconic bag’s price tag.
These aren’t cheap knock-offs but instead beautiful bags that share similarities in function or design. They are more attainable for many of us.
Another great use of these more affordable options is as a stepping stone before adding the iconic piece to your wardrobe. If you’re not sure if a style is practical for you, then go with the lesser expensive option. You can always sell it or gift it once you graduate to the luxury piece.
Are there other ways to stay on budget?
YES!! One of the incredible points of buying the best is that, with responsible care, it will hold up FOREVER. That means that we can find them in a gently used condition from many sources.
Sure you can go to your local consignment shops hoping to find that one-in-a-million opportunity, but the best way is to use your computer and do some searching. There are several online resources for you to use to source previously-loved bags that can be new to you!
Fashionphile: Since 1999, Fashionphile has been focusing on buying and selling top quality designer bags and accessories. Want to get your hands on a Hermes Birkin Bag? They have them!
Poshmark: Poshmark isn’t just for handbags and accessories, there are tons of things to buy or sell. This includes designer handbags, although they also carry less expensive options not exclusively luxury brands.
Tradesy: Established more recently, in 2009, Tradesy focuses on designer bags and fashion. They are focusing on sustainability and the reuse of beautiful pieces.
MyTheresa: My Theresa is a collection of luxury fashion that went online in 2006. It’s a great place to browse for ideas and maybe even some great buys!
Need some suggestions?
I’ve put together a list of 10 iconic bags and their more thrifty alternatives. It’s a wish list, a gift guide, a bucket list, or whatever you see it be. My suggestions, print it out and accidentally leave it out on the counter with a circle, star, highlight, and whatever else it takes to draw the attention of your gift-givers this year!
To get the free list, just add your name and email below and I’ll have it emailed out to you directly! So much easier than going online or visiting the mall just to figure out more “STUFF” that you really don’t want or need.
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Make sure to keep up with our posts to continue to get great ideas that help you to claim your personal style. We’re past the stage of letting our life create our style, it’s time to take it back and be the person you want to be!
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