Talk To The Hand(bag)!

Hey Sand Stars

OK, so let’s be honest, ladies: we ALL carry our entire lives in our handbags! So it makes sense that we have a lot of of bags, right? RIGHT?! 😛 From clutches to totes, satchels and sling-bags; the fashion world is full of bag temptations. The key, however, is to find the one that will carry you through all seasons and trends as well as be good value for your money.

Living in Dubai, there is no shortage of luxury brands for iconic handbags: Chanel, Hermes, Chloe, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry. However, does that mean you fork out thousands of dollars or dirhams for a bag? The answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.

Let me explain.

If you work hard, don’t shirk your financial responsibilities and don’t buy an expensive handbag every darn week (or even every season), then why not invest in a good quality accessory that will last for years?

That being said, one doesn’t need an absurdly-priced branded handbag to look fabulous. You could trawl the high-street for quality leather bags that are simple and classic. Or, better yet, gravitate towards the vintage or pre-loved variety, like my friends and I (or beg our moms and grammies for their old purses or bags). The point is to enjoy a functional accessory, but without attaching status to it.

I’d suggest investing in a handbag in a timeless, classic style (check that it’s made of leather and make sure that the workmanship is good). If you’re into high end brands, check pre-loved stores for vintage pieces as they are more unique (Chanel has the most beautiful bags!) Also, invest in a funky clutch that will add a little zest to an outfit (I have one shaped in a heart and one that looks like a fox!)

If you’re spending more money, look at bags in black, brown or nude (lighter shades require a little more maintenance) and remember to store all bags out of sunlight and in protective bags. If you live in a humid environment (thank you, Dubai -_-) let your bags out of storage to breathe every few weeks.

No, excuse me while I search for my lamp in my tote (a la Mary Poppins) 😉

Live, Love & Laugh ‘Littlepianodiva’ Style!

M

xo

Photo by Tahmeed Omar. Wearing River Island and Chanel.

Photo by Tahmeed Omar. Wearing River Island and Chanel.

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