Investment Bag on a Budget

Hello, again! Last week on the blog we were talking about wardrobe basics. As a follow up I wanted to discuss one of the most important basics: an investment bag. An investment bag is really an investment in yourself.
 
According to an infographic from Highest Paying Careers, 65 percent of bosses say that     dress could be the deciding factor between two similar job candidates. And you want to dress for the job you want, not the one you have.

Mostly, though, it’s a representation of yourself. Fashion is more than how we dress, it’s a form of self expression. It is how we tell the world who we are, what we are about and how we feel about ourselves. We want the world to know we value and respect ourselves, because we set the bar for how we are treated by others.
 
Now, when talking about investment bags, a few items stand out in most people’s minds as classics i.e. the Hermes Birkin, the Louis Vuitton Speedy or the Chanel Quilted Flap. And although the Kardashians make it look like you can pick up a Birkin at your local Target, some of these bags cost more than my car. A Birkin starts out at $7,000 and goes upwards of $35,000. So what’s a regular gal to do? Read on.
 
There are most certainly some quality bags out there for much, much less but before we delve into the options let’s discuss what to look for in an investment bag.
 
Brand: To be an investment bag most people say it must be a big name designer, and for the most part, I agree. However, there are some smaller Italian brands that make gorgeous quality, leather bags. So, yes, look for a designer bag but if what you find is a quality piece you love, buy it.
 
Material: Leather, period. Sorry ladies, but canvas or nylon do not make an investment bag.
 
Shape: Seek out a classic tote or satchel shape, even a hobo for a more relaxed style. The focus here should be a timeless style as you want it to take you from year to year without looking dated.
 
Color: Mostly neutrals. Black, brown or tan are typical and will go with most of your clothing. Red is powerful color, but also a classic, so that would work as well. Any color will do, but be careful as you may tire of that turquoise or eggplant bag very quickly.
 
Here are some fabulous ‘budget’ options for bags under $500 (except one that I LOVE that is just over)
1. Brahmin Kathleen $325 Brahmin
I love the laser cut leather in this stunning bag and the tan color is a very flexible option to have in your wardrobe.
2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Studded Tote $428 Zappos
This is a fresh approach to a classic tote, the studs really make it contemporary and add a bit of fun to this style.
3. Dooney & Bourke Button Slouch $525 Dooney & Bourke
I’m in love with this bag. This rich leather is soft and supple and the button detail on the sides is so very pretty.
4. Alice + Olivia Quilted Leather Bag $495 Neiman Marcus
This satchel’s quilting is so lovely, it offers a fresh approach to a timeless shape.
5. MARC by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle Hobo $438 Marc Jacobs
Hobo’s are excellent day bags and this lovely piece here is no exception. Marc Jacobs’ mid range line offers up quality construction and materials.
6. kate spade new york Oxford Street Sloan $495 kate spade
If you like a croc look, take a peek at this fab tote from kate spade, it’s shoulder strap makes is a wonderful length and it comes with a detachable cross body strap.
7. Tory Burch Thea Satchel $475 Tory Burch
This satchel is so gorgeous, the pom pom on the side adds some visual interest and the color here is perfect for any season.
8. Coach Legacy Courtenay Hobo in Leather $278 Coach
This one is on my wish list! Love the color and the option to carry as a shoulder bag or a cross body bag. It has a bit of slouch to it, which makes it work as a casual style but its overall structure keeps it office appropriate also.
9. Coach Poppy Colorblock Tote $348 Coach
This is indeed, a timeless style. A simple black tote has enough room for all your stuff (including an iPad pocket!) and its shape will remain a classic.
Investment Bag on a Budget

 

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