Bag Buying Guide

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This guide applies to both men and women and will help in buying the perfect bag without ever regretting it.  Some of these rules can also help curb any urges to buy on a whim.

Step 1: Set a Limit

When buying a new bag keep your budget in mind. Do college loans need to get paid off? Do you want to lower the number of roommates you have from five to possibly ‘you yourself and alone time’? The point of budgeting is to make sure you spend your money on the right things. Every month sort your accounts and decide what money will be spent where. Anything left over, after necessities and savings, can be spent on the perfect bag for your personality.

Step 2: Purpose

‘Form follows function’ doesn’t only apply to architecture. What do you need the bag for? If you’re traveling, make sure the bag is light and will fit in the overhead.  If it’s for work, it needs to carry a laptop, files, project and personal items.  Bags, like any other garment, are made to solve a problem. If your bag isn’t handling something, it’s probably unnecessary.

Step 3: Personalize

What materials and colors go best with your wardrobe? If you wear lots of black and leather, it goes without saying that a black leather bag is going to get used. What cuts and sizes are most comfortable for you? Do you have sensitive skin, wear heels all the time, commute to work? If you can’t carry it for more than an hour, it’s a waste of money.

Step 4: Longevity

Consider how long you want to have this accessory. If it’s a onetime fling with a trend or you’re not sure whether it suits you, buy the cheaper copycat version. If you’re willing to commit and make the bag a staple in your wardrobe, then buy it in a timeless cut and material to ensure that you can use it for years to come. You may end up having to splurge a bit, but if you actually use the piece it pays for itself.

Step 5: Put it to the Test

Bring your regularly used items to the store, phone, wallet, sunglasses, etc.  If they don’t fit with excess room you may need a bigger bag.  Also keep in mind how much the bag weighs with these items in it.  Just like with buying shoes, the bag should feel comfortable and usable; if it’s not up to par it will disappoint in the long run.

Here are my two personal favorite spring bags for guys and girls:

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Ben Minkoff Brody Slim Leather Brief, $325.00, Bloomingdales.

Ben Minkoff Brody Slim Leather Brief, $325.00, Bloomingdales.

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COACH Bleecker Daily Shoulder Bag in Leather, $198.00, Bloomingdales.

COACH Bleecker Daily Shoulder Bag in Leather, $198.00, Bloomingdales.

If you’re still at a loss take a look at these sites for inspiration on trends and styles.

Courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

Courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

LEATHER “DUFFLE” BAG, $398, COACH.COM

LEATHER “DUFFLE” BAG, $398, COACH.COM

“ROCCO” BAG, $925, ALEXANDERWANG.COM. PENTAX MX-1 CAMERA, $400, US.RICOH-IMAGING.COM. NOTEBOOK, $12 FOR SET OF TWO, KATE SPADE NEW YORK, KATESPADE.COM. MASON PEARSON POCKET NYLON PINK HANDLE, $68, BIGELOWCHEMISTS.COM. CHANEL LES BEIGES POWDER, $58, CHANEL.COM. WELEDA EVERON LIP BALM, $6, USA.WELEDA.COM. TWEEZERMAN FILEMATE NEON HOT NAIL FILE, $7, TWEEZERMAN.COM. KATE SPADE NEW YORK LIVE COLORFULLY ROLLERBALL, $24, NORDSTROM.COM. WRISTLET, $125, REBECCA MINKOFF. SIMILAR STYLES AT SHOPBOP.COM. “PANAMA” IPHONE 5 SLEEVE, $160, SMYTHSON.COM. SUNGLASSES, $180, WESTWARDLEANING.COM. KEY FOB, $65, TORYBURCH.COM

“ROCCO” BAG, $925, ALEXANDERWANG.COM. PENTAX MX-1 CAMERA, $400, US.RICOH-IMAGING.COM. NOTEBOOK, $12 FOR SET OF TWO, KATE SPADE NEW YORK, KATESPADE.COM. MASON PEARSON POCKET NYLON PINK HANDLE, $68, BIGELOWCHEMISTS.COM. CHANEL LES BEIGES POWDER, $58, CHANEL.COM. WELEDA EVERON LIP BALM, $6, USA.WELEDA.COM. TWEEZERMAN FILEMATE NEON HOT NAIL FILE, $7, TWEEZERMAN.COM. KATE SPADE NEW YORK LIVE COLORFULLY ROLLERBALL, $24, NORDSTROM.COM. WRISTLET, $125, REBECCA MINKOFF. SIMILAR STYLES AT SHOPBOP.COM. “PANAMA” IPHONE 5 SLEEVE, $160, SMYTHSON.COM. SUNGLASSES, $180, WESTWARDLEANING.COM. KEY FOB, $65, TORYBURCH.COM

LEATHER MINI CROSS-BODY, $115, DKNY, DKNY.COM FOR LOCATIONS

LEATHER MINI CROSS-BODY, $115, DKNY, DKNY.COM FOR LOCATIONS

PASTEL LILAC LEATHER SADDLE BAG, $99.66, ZATCHELS, MOTELROCKS.COM

PASTEL LILAC LEATHER SADDLE BAG, $99.66, ZATCHELS, MOTELROCKS.COM

NN 14 PM, $20,600, (866) VUITTON FOR AVAILABILITY Louis Vuitton

NN 14 PM, $20,600, (866) VUITTON FOR AVAILABILITY
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BUCKET BAG, $460 Courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

BUCKET BAG, $460
Courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

http://www.luckymag.com/  This magazine has great shopping guides.

spring 2014 Alexander McQueen

spring 2014
Alexander McQueen

spring 2014 Alexander McQueen

spring 2014
Alexander McQueen

spring 2014 Dolce & Gabbana

spring 2014
Dolce & Gabbana

spring 2014 Dolce & Gabbana

spring 2014
Dolce & Gabbana

spring 2014 Proenza Schouler

spring 2014
Proenza Schouler

spring 2014 Chanel

spring 2014
Chanel

spring 2014 Chloé

spring 2014
Chloé

spring 2014 Givenchy

spring 2014
Givenchy

spring 2014 Nina Ricci

spring 2014
Nina Ricci

http://www.style.com/  The accessories section is always stocked with newly designed items.

the sartorialist

the sartorialist

the sartorialist

the sartorialist

http://www.thesartorialist.com/ This blog is a haven for street style.

http://stayclassicblog.com/  The very fashionable blog of a dapper LA photographer.

            Make sure to take a picture of your favorite spring bags and hashtag them with #cosmiamag and tag us! @cosmiamagazine

 

-Christina Oliva

 

I’m a nineteen year old, Southern Californian, professional designer and makeup artist, who is currently pursuing the finer things in life (art, food and travel). Here are some others things that are mildly interesting about me: I am trying to learn Italian and live up to my surname. I will eat almost anything. I have two closets, and I’m working on a third. I collect books and magazines (and apparently closets). So if you ever need someone to eat exotic food with or to translate an Italian magazine, I’m your girl.