September is here, and we’re sure fashion’s biggest month is making you itch to go shopping. If you’re looking to purchase a leather bag worthy of your precious moolah and #OOTD, here are a few tips we suggest you keep in mind before swiping that card.
1. Make sure it’s made with real leather.
When it comes to the leather game, authenticity is key. Just because it has a high-end brand emblazoned front and center, doesn’t mean it’s legit leather. In the same way that just because a brand offers affordable leather goods, doesn’t mean the products are faux. Not all good leather brands are the same. Some simply take pride in its leather expertise and design philosophy to provide fashion girls with accessible bags and accessories.
2. It should be both versatile and functional.
Buying a leather bag is an investment so make sure to pick something you know you would be able to use from work to play, and even for travels! Think of the cost per use of the bag and how it would fit your lifestyle. Of course, it also needs to be roomy enough to fit all your essentials. Otherwise, what’s the point of buying a durable bag that can't stand the test of time?
3. That said, it should be handy.
Compared to your mom who would use her leather purse for afternoon tea with friends while sitting all day, millennial fashion girls are always on-the-go. There is just no room for that extra bulk. If you are this girl, go for a convenient style that’s still spacious enough for your needs.
4. It should be stylish and elegant at the same time.
When looking for a bag, go for something that has a streamlined silhouette screaming of class and elegance, but at the same time features a subtle twist that makes it look unique and now. Stay away from trendy ones that you won’t be able to use in a year or two, but instead look for pieces that possess the beauty of understated craftsmanship.
5. Finally, does it make you happy?
Look at the bag and ask yourself: does it make me feel giddy with excitement? If you can’t wait to use and overuse it, then you’ve probably found the one. Whether it’s the bubbly color or unique design, at the end of the day the bag should give you happiness. After all, no girl can say no to shoes and bags.
All bags are from Rabeanco located at SM Aura, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, and SM Mall of Asia (opening in October 2016).