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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

No More Excess BAGgage

There have been a few times in the past that I bought bags that I hardly got to use. They were either too small to carry all my essentials, or the design and/or color couldn't seem to match my outfits. So I kept them in my closet. They were very nice to look at, but I knew that it was such a waste.

I learned my lesson already. It's still pretty hard when you're at a sale and you see such pretty bags for incredibly low prices, but you know that you don't need them. You need to develop shopping discipline before you throw away your hard-earned money (or your parents', for that matter.)

Get your money's worth when bag shopping; avoid buying bags that you would have a hard time matching with your outfits and your lifestyle. You have to ask yourself: What do you need this bag for? What are you going to put in this bag? How much is your budget? And then go forth and look for the perfect bag!

Say It With Me: V-E-R-S-A-T-I-L-I-T-Y!

As I have said over and over again, versatility is key. For example, it is wiser to get an evening bag that you can also use to spice up casual outfits. Choosing the more spacious metallic slouchy clutch can be more useful than a small boxy wristlet that can only hold a lipstick.

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Size matters.

The typical evening bag size is tiny, but you have to make sure that you can fit all of your essentials in it. You can't go to a wedding and only have lippie in your bag, can you? You're still going to need your compact for touch-ups, tissue, a comb, a napkin, your cell phone, your wallet, your keys, etc. Most girls have a lot of essentials (you are probably one of them) and these essentials need space. For more space, you can get a clutch or a slouchy drawstring wristlet. You can fit your stuff in these, but keep it from looking too bulky.

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For bigger bags, a bag where everything can "disappear" is never a good thing. You have to be able to locate your things in it. If bag organizers can't do the trick, your bag is probably way too big, honey. Big bags that are wide, instead of long, are easier to use.


This has given me a lot of frustration. My mom always reminds me to check if the "opening" of the bag doesn't give pick-pockets an easy time to grab my things. A lot of imported brands, including Lacoste, Braun Buffel and Kate Spade, have bags with only buttons or a flap to close them, and they're very easy to open. In the Philippines, especially in the city, they're not very good buys.

Color and Design.

Make sure that the color and design of the bag would go with most of your outfits, especially your shoes! You don't have to match the color of your bag with your shoes all the time (though I personally prefer it that way) as long as they go well together. My advice for choosing the design is to pick a timeless, classier style that wouldn't be "out" next season. Trendy bags aren't good investments.


This has also given me a lot of problems. I've had numerous school bags and corporate bags that were very spacious, classy and beautiful, but they all had the same problem: they were heavy. Perhaps you should first check how heavy the bag is without your things in it before you buy it. It's not enough to see that it's pretty and spacious. You have to be comfortable lugging it around.

The CityLifeStylist


Dhini said...

I love that bag.

The CityLifeStylist said...

I know! Too bad they're really expensive. :( The clutch is from Coach, while the black shoulder bag is a Jean Paul Gaultier Trench Bag. The trench bag is available at eLuxury for US$1,295.00! Phew. I'm sure there are similar designs at lower prices, though.

Thanks for the comment, dhini! ^_^