Even though I’m a real shoe addict, I also love pretty handbags (which girl doesn’t?) In contrary of what you might think, I don’t have that many handbags. The last few years I tried not to buy a lot of low budget bags (I just used to buy them and think, well for that money I cannot leave it!) and I tried to focus on real quality and timeless designs. In that way you really don’t need that many bags, because you can style the quality bags you purchase with so many outfits and they don’t easily get out of style.
What I find important when purchasing a bag: well it actually depends on the type of bag. A clutch or crossbody can be something funky and does not have to be very expensive; an everyday satchel needs to have a much higher quality and has to be a timeless design.
I’ve listed my favorite handbags from my own modest collection, and I use these almost all the time!
1 Michael Kors Studded Selma
My super sweet boyfriend bought me this gorgeous Michael Kors bag for my birthday and I am still so in love with this baby! Off course I gave him a heads up of what I wanted, but he choose this particular Selma model and color. The Selma has a classic design, is quite boxy and sturdy (which makes It easier to find your stuff) and is not too small, not too big. It is made out of Saffiano leather, which is very weather and usage proof and easy to maintain. It also has straps so I can wear it as a crossbody as well, which is very practical.
You have seen this bag passing by a lot, and you will still see it a lot in the future! I just can’t get enough of it!
2 Diane Von Furstenberg Lips Embellished Clutch
One of my eye catchers: the DVF Lips Clutch! I’ve always loved Diane’s designs because they are so funky yet stylish and have a good quality. A year ago I saw this particular bag on my all time favorite blogger Wendy. I was head over heels of how she styled it and I knew this pretty bag was destined for me. So I ordered it and guess what, one week later it was out of stock! The lips clutches and wallets are a classic by DVF, but the bags itself always change from colors, materials, hardware style… every season they look a bit different, so it’s always sort of a limited edition. These are some current styles that are available right now: leopard, quilted white & black, black snake, gold
What I love about this bag: it’s fun, but versatile. It spices up a very simple outfit and the combination of black and gold is very easy to combine with many outfits. You can remove the straps to wear is as a clutch or keep the straps to wear it as a crossbody. Even though it’s small, it’s perfect for your essentials if I go out for dinner, a party or a stroll in the sunlight.
3 Sac d’Anvers Camel Tote
This is already an oldie, but I still like it a lot. It’s not really from a brand, but the design is very simple and popular. It’s 100% real leather, made in Italy and it’s the perfect camel color. After 4 years it still looks very good, and I’ve used it many times! The handles are larger so I can wear it on my shoulder or just carry it on my arm.
4 & Other Stories Camera Bag
This was my most recent bag purchase and I was able the score this one on sale! I had been looking for a pretty camera bag and I stumbled upon this lovely design from & Other Stories. This is actually not a real camera bag, but thanks to the boxy design it fits my camera + an extra lens! I also use this bag as a normal bag, so it’s actually a 2 in 1 bag :D
& Other Stories had pretty and good quality bags so I will definitely be buying another one in the future!
5 Mellow Yellow Black Sequined Clutch
When I was in France last Summer I came across the Mellow Yellow store. I already liked this French brand because of their beautiful shoes, but this clutch caught my eye. I was looking for a gold sequined clutch at that time, but I also liked this black version. Simple, but always elegant and off course… sparkly! :)
6 Silis Silver Satchel
Another favorite is this silver bag from the Belgian brand Silis called “the coolbag”. It looks a lot like the well-known Cambridge satchel, but it has it’s differences in colors, materials, seizes and details (Silis has studded styles, die-cut,..). I picked out the bag in Silver, such a glam style! Though it is a small bag, you can fit a lot in it! I carried it around all the time last summer, and I will also do that this summer!
I also loved this bag in neon pink or yellow, but the Silver one is easier to combine and was also very eye catching. So I thought I would start out with a more neutral color and buy a second one in a bright color if I was satisfied with it. Let’s see what I can find this summer!
7 Primark Nude Studded Clutch
To be honest, I’m not a huge Primark fan. I rarely buy clothes because the quality isn’t how I like it, but I do like to check out the jewelry and accessories. Especially for going to festivals or for going out, if the item gets damaged it’s really not a big deal. That’s also the reason I bought this clutch: perfect to go out for drinks and the design was actually very pretty, the perfect nude tone. When I go out people always spill drinks on me (seriously, I think I attract those kind of things) or stand on my feet (I have seize 36!) so I don’t like to use my good bags and shoes for that. The funny thing is that I haven’t found a quality clutch that I like as much as this one, so I actually use it a lot more than I thought I would!
Here’s a sneek peek of the upcoming outfit post, featuring this clutch ;-)
Oh and before I go, I want to congratulate my little sister, because today is her Birthday! Happy 23th B-day my love <3
Do you like my selection of bags? What’s your favorite?
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