A Bagaholic's Guide to Choosing Your First Preloved Designer Bag You'll Never Regret

Buying your first designer bag is a big step and a very important investment. Once you have bought your first bag, you can be sure, it will become a pearl in your collection. You will most certainly remember this experience for the rest of your life. A luxury bag makes you feel unique, exquisite, it helps to express your style and personality. In addition, designer bags are elements of good taste.

 

So, here are a few important tips and some advice to help you with this quite uneasy task. The wide variety of luxury brands as well as really precious pieces make it a real challenge. That’s why we are here for you, ready to guide you through the world of designer bags and luxury accessories.

 

Decide Which Bag You Want: Consider Versatility, Size, and Colour

Well, you want to start your luxury bag collection, but you don’t know what to begin with? First of all, think about the main features that make up the basis of your dream luxury bag - versatility, size, and colour.

 

Versatility

There can be many reasons for buying a new bag. It can be a pleasant money investment, or you may need a new purse to take it to fancy parties, or you need to replace your old casual everyday bag. No matter the reason, when purchasing your first designer bag you want it to be versatile and multi-functional, which might suit many different occasions.

 

Size

Bags vary in size, and some brands have the same models in different sizes, while others don’t. Think about how you are going to use your bag: do you want to carry it on a daily basis and fit in all your essentials or do you want it to add a unique detail to your cocktail suit? Depending on your personal needs, it can be a spacious bag or a petit one.

 

Colour

Choosing the colour is no less important. Your choice can be based on the following parameters:

  1. Occasion
  2. Functionality
  3. Personal style
  4. Modern fashion trends

 

Got it? Let’s move on!

 

 

Do Brand Research

Unless you have a bag by a certain brand you have always dreamed of, it is worth checking what is going on in the fashion world. What are the current trends? Which bag brands are there? What is their price range? Look up each brand's history and legacy, as they are reflected in their products. Examine carefully the classic models - they usually have all the main features repeating in other models. Do you like them?   

The importance of doing brand research is that you get absolutely sure of your choice. We sometimes might be involved in emotional shopping, buying a bag that we will not be willing to have in our collection for the next season. So, think carefully before investing your money.

What is it that you want in a handbag? Do you want it to be a good investment? Do you want it to be recognizable?

 

 

Buy New vs Buy Pre-loved

The next question is - to buy new or to buy pre-loved. Every option has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, buying a new bag is slightly easier -  you just choose a model you like and go to the shop. The only problem you may face is that the bag of your dreams may be out of stock but you can always check other shops in the area or order it online when it is available again. And, of course, the price. A new bag costs a lot but it is totally yours, brand-new and no one has ever used it before.

If you want to have a stylish designer bag without breaking the bank, consider pre-loved. There are a lot of bags that have barely been worn at a very interesting price. Moreover, you can snatch a model that is already discontinued and can't be found in official stores. However, buying a pre-loved bag requires more efforts like:

- checking if the seller is trusted enough;

- checking conditions of the bag;

- doing price research;

- checking for authenticity.

 

 

Make Sure It's a Real Deal: Why Is It Important To Authenticate a Pre-loved Bag?

If you have found a unique, perfect, the-one-you-have-been-searching-for-ages piece on the pre-loved market, well, it is important to stay calm and not to be in a hurry paying money for it. First of all, check the authenticity of the bag. There are guides all over the Internet which might help you with this delicate task. However, it is better to turn to professionals, especially, if it is your first designer bag which means that your eye is not so trained. 

If you need to authenticate a Louis Vuitton / Gucci / Dior item, please order one of the three types of authentication:

Verbal Authentication $10

  • good when you need a certificate for any reason,

Certificate of Authenticity $25

  • good when you need a certificate for any reason, either to sell the bag with the peace of mind or to return a fake bag to the seller if you purchased a fake
  • includes a permanent certificate on lvbagaholic.com

Certificate of Authenticity with a thorough explanation $50

  • good when you need a certificate and you need to know why the bag is authentic/not authentic for any reason, either to sell the bag with the peace of mind or return a fake bag to the seller if you purchased a fake.
  • includes a permanent certificate on lvbagaholic.com
  • includes an explanation of why the item is fake (detailed pictures and comparisons with an authentic bag, more than 10 pics included)

    PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW

     

     

     

    If you have chosen a pre-loved option, check our stock of 100% authentic pieces for some amazing deals!

     

     

    TOP Designer Bags

    To make it still easier for you we have compiled a list of world-famous bags from each high-end brand that are loved by all fashionistas. Are you among them, too?

     

    Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM

    Absolute classic by Luis Vuitton that has gained the love of women all over the world: it is roomy yet not bulky, going along with any outfit.

    If you want to know more about one of Louis Vuitton's most successful bags, check out our Louis Vuitton Neverfull Reference Guide

     

    Chanel Classic Flap Bag

    Every single Chanel worth its money. Experts say that the prices of Chanel bags have grown up by about 40% during the last seven years. The iconic classic flap bag is a good piece to start. Classic model comes in various sizes and basically it is the modern version of the legendary 2.55.

    If you are thinking of buying your first Chanel, our article on the 3 most iconic Chanel bags can help you choose wisely. 

     

    Gucci GG Marmont Medium

    It is a must if you want to have a true luxury bag collection. The GG Marmont line offers a huge choice of different bags: from clutches to various shoulder bags. However, classic is always classic, and the most popular still remains GG Marmont Medium. It is worth saying, that the shape and the sophisticated design with GG emblem make you want to carry it with you day and night.

     

    Celine Luggage Tote Bag

    You will definitely fall in love with this minimalistic, luxury, and very practical Celine bag. Luggage Tote is spacious and usually, it is represented in classical colors. Thanks to its design, you can wear it both on an everyday basis and take it with you on long journeys. We can assure you that this bag can survive any trip!

     

    Dior Diorissimo

    If you are a Dior fan, then you should consider Diorissimo collections. It is worth saying that it is 100% iconic with incredible recognizable details, like a DIOR key chain on the handle. Spacious, it is great for a practical person. As this design is among the most famous and beloved, Diorissimo bags are available in different sizes and materials, including python and alligator leather. 

     

    Givenchy Antigona Satchel

    Beloved by street style fashionistas all over the world, this is a true classic. A new piece is a bit pricy, but you can find it twice cheaper pre-loved. Perfect structure, strong handles make it super functional: you can take it to important meetings and to hang-outs with friends.  

     

    Yves Saint Laurent Shopping Tote

    Strict, laconic, and simply perfect for a real lady. The logo is very small, materials are awesome. It looks like Luis Vuitton Neverfull, but much more relaxed. If you love big bags, this is a great choice. Laptop, water bottle, maybe even your sport costume - all your stuff will fit perfectly.

     

    If you think you cannot afford a luxury item, watch our video guide to get tips on how to save up for your dream bag!

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