Buying a quality leather handbag is a much different experience than purchasing a cheap bag at the department store. The cheap bag will wear out, tear, or otherwise break in a year or so and you simply throw it out and buy a new one. Your decision on which bag to buy is short term and therefore not very important in the grand scheme of things.
On the other hand, buying a leather handbag is an investment. With proper care, a quality leather bag can last you the rest of your life. Leather handbags come in a multitude of styles and it’s important to think ahead to ascertain what your needs might be not only now but in the future.
The first decision you will need to make is whether you want multiple handbags that can go with individual looks or occasions or whether you want to purchase a single bag that will fit in with most of your social and business engagements. For example, a day out with the kids shopping for new clothes might call for a large bag that can store not only regular handbag items but also snacks and juice for the kids, extra pairs of socks to try on shoes, and a novel to read while waiting for the kids to come out of the changing room. An elegant night out on the town, however, calls for a much smaller and more tailored handbag to carry only the essentials.
Once you have decided what purpose your handbag will serve, you will have to select a style. Larger totes often are not as tailored as smaller bags and give an air of casualness. Keep in mind also that larger bags packed full will be heavy and may cause shoulder and back pain if not carefully managed.
Students may wish to opt for a backpack style handbag with two handles to put arms through. This is a convenient style for carrying textbooks and notes and also distributes the weight of the bag more evenly for more comfort in carrying.
Hobo style handbags are in fashion and fit well with casual summery looks. These bags have no internal support structure and are soft and limp when empty. They often have few if any internal dividers or pockets which would make it difficult to quickly locate small items without digging through the entire bag.
Professional business women often carry a leather briefcase as well as a handbag. The handbag should complement the briefcase in color and style. It should have rigid supports to keep its shape and have a more formal look. Another popular option is to purchase a very small handbag that can travel inside the briefcase while on business.
Ultimately, the leather handbag that you choose has to feel right for you and reflect your own individuality and style. Choosing a timeless style rather than a fashion fad will serve you well twenty years from now when your handbag is still your constant companion.