We Indians are always taught to use our money judiciously and that has kept us conservative in a good way. We tend to spend money on things that will last forever - jewellery!!! But the truth is the jewellery will last forever and will stay alive only at the bank lockers. The way our sense of styling has changed over the years, it is time to step-up in the game of fashion. Which necessarily does not mean that we start pissing away money on every high street brand. It means that we can plan our move slowly and gradually to own some fashion collectibles.
Buying your first designer label handbag could be nerve-racking. It is therefore advisable to take it slow and do some thorough research. It is highly possible to get a premium designer label handbag within Rs 50,000/- if you have managed to do your homework right.
- You don't need lacs to buy a top-tier brand. There are websites that give you periodic updates on the best designs and brands to pick from depending on the feedback available in the global scene. If you have your heart set on a brand you want to buy from but don't have the budget for one of its most famous offerings, there are still great, functional options for less money from almost any label. Usually, those come in the form of camera bags or simple totes, which have the added bonus of being super useful to have around.
- You don't need to go all the way to get your hands on to the top-tier classic. If that is a burning desire in your heart, hold on - does your life drastically change because of this acquisition? If the answer is 'no', it is sensible to try something that is within the budget and start enjoying the journey. You can always work your way up!
- It is cool to buy something trendy. A lot of fashion spending advice, especially when you're relatively young, will tell you that the only things you should spend big bucks on are sober, sophisticated, classic pieces that you will use for years. If you're the type of person who dresses that way, or who has a career that will benefit from you carrying a neutral Bottega Veneta bag to the office every day, then sure: buy classic. But if the types of things you love are trendy or colorful or highly embellished, well, that's fine too. Above all, fashion should be an investment in your own joy, and what gives you joy now might not be the type of thing that can be sold for a profit in three years or handed down to your granddaughter. There's nothing wrong with loving a bag for two seasons, or loving one for ten that everyone else moves on from after two. The thing that matters is how you feel when you carry it.
- Usability is Key! What you should consider, though, is how much you can see yourself personally using the bag, especially if spending the money makes you nervous. Choosing something you'll want to use frequently—whether that means a roomy tote in a neutral color or a fun weekend bag to carry for the next six months—can help offset the anxiety that often comes along with a big purchase you don't frequently make. And you're the only one who really knows what you'll use or not use, so try and trust your instincts.
- Know the Return Policies.Feeling buyer's remorse for an unusually large purchase, especially when it's one made for your personal enjoyment alone, is fairly common. If you choose to buy a new bag, make sure you're aware of the retailer's return policy and the documentation and time frame you'd need to keep track of in order to get your money back. At least for me, knowing that a decision can be undone if I change my mind always helps me feel confident in making a big purchase, which is often enough to avoid buyer's remorse before it starts.
- There's No Perfect Choice. If you're waiting for a flaw-free handbag to come along, you're going to be waiting a long time. Personal preference varies really widely in everything from lining type to zipper placement, so there will probably be something about every handbag you encounter that you'd change. If something about a bag really bothers you, that might just be the little voice inside of you trying to tell you it's not the right one. If the flaw isn't enough to offset the other things you like about the bag, though, then try not to worry about it. After you get used to using the bag, you probably won't even notice it anymore, and it's unlikely that any bag will ever come along that is exactly what you hoped it would be, down to the last stitch.
- Everyone Has an Opinion! This might seem like an odd thing to say for someone who's just spent over a thousand words giving you patently unsolicited guidance on what you should or should not get for your first designer bag, but try not to give too much credence to third parties who feel compelled to comment just because you want to buy (or have just bought) something that costs a lot of money. For reasons I can't entirely explain, a designer bag is the kind of purchase people feel compelled to comment on, so prepare for a potential weird comment from a coworker, friend or sibling, and try not to take it to heart. The only thing that matters in any of this is that you like what you bought and you're comfortable with what you paid for it.