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Best Designer Bags Worth Your Money

Whether it's influenced by fashion magazines or celebrities, do you ever wonder what designer handbags are worth the investment? Before you shell out the big bucks on your favourite designer handbag, here are Mana Mansour's tips on which styles are worth the investment.

As a general rule, rather than go for the "it" handbag of the moment (referring to that red python, spike studded number), go for something that's a bit more classic, neutral and practical. "It" bags are fun, but they often don't have a long lifespan in your wardrobe, and they rarely transcend seasons or trends. With most investment bags coming with a hefty price-tag, it's especially hard on your wallet if you can't get as much wear out of them as possible. Try purchasing a handbag on shape and quality, rather than just designer alone.

Leather Satchel

Satchels are no longer just for school! It's a great option for carrying work items like laptops/notebooks and it's timeless. Hardware on satchels should be kept neutral and at minimum so that it has increased wearability. Leather is a great fabric because it ages so well. It's one of the rare things in life that looks better as it grows older!

Structured Lady-like Handbag

A structural handbag is always the best idea when needing a feminine bag that can transcend seasons. It will better withstand the daily wear and tear and it will easily retain its shape. The last thing you want is a saggy handbag; instead, opt for a sleek and structural style that will last longer. When choosing a colour, classic neutrals like nude, grey, or black go with pretty much anything in your closet.

Sensible Tote

Larger, sensible totes with multiple pockets located inside are great for running weekend errands or even as a travel carry-on bag. It's also a shape that has never goes out of style. A thing to keep in mind though is to avoid totes with large logos so that it can last longer, your style may change and so do trends, subtlety is always chicer and will stand the test of time.

Blinged-Out Clutch

A chic clutch with some sparkle can elevate any outfit! Embellishments like sequins or subtle beading are always chic, but be weary of too much hardware! Things like chain straps or a lot of studs will not stand the test of time and may snag clothing. Also, invest in a clutch that you feel comfortable carrying. Clutches with funky clasps look great but they aren't the most comfortable to hold. Lastly, make sure you find a size that fits your lifestyle, if you always have to have your make-up essentials with you, make sure it can fit!

All handbags and clutches above can be purchased at Holt Renfrew.

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