How to convince yourself you do not need another designer bag

I’ve gone through a few designer bags in the last few years.

It all started with a Louis Vuitton Monogram Pouchette, gifted to me by my darling Aunt in the late 90s. Then it moved on to a Burberry obsession a year after that and then it was the beginning of the Luella-loving era. With a pink Luella Gisele, a ivory Chloe Paddington, a black Luella Stevie, then my current bag of the moment a whiskey Chloe Edith.

And to think it all started with a small LV Monogram Pouchette.

I could even escalate my obsession a bit more… because I am currently lusting after a few more bags, namely the YSL Muse, the Mulberry Roxanne and the Chloe Bay.

But I need to talk myself out of this “need” for a new designer bag, because let’s face it; the Chloe Edith is only about 3 months young. So I guess I should start my 4 step program to get out of my ‘must buy’ rut.

Helen’s 4 step program to talk yourself out of buying a new designer bag

1. If Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie is snapped carrying it…
I need to wipe it off my ‘must have’ list quick smart. I don’t want to run the risk of the bag (a) hitting the over-rated ranks, (2) being copied, or (3) just seen to death. For the price I’m willing to pay, I want a bag that people will adore but not be sick of looking at.

2. Will get be “so last season” in 3 months?
Brands are releasing designer bags in different colours, leathers, and materials. When it starts to come in more than 2 different styles (think of the Chloe Paddington and the Paddington satchel, Paddington hobo, mini Paddington, Paddington clutch, and Paddington shopper to name just a few) it could be time to pick another bag. As they say, too many cooks in the kitchen is never a good thing. Or something like that.

3. Monitor eBay listings and see how hot they are.
If there are too many listings someone must be making copies of it already. Ask yourself if you really want the bag after all…

4. What else can you buy?
If you’re willing to spend over US$1,000 on a bag, you could just as well pay for a vacation somewhere fabulous? Airfares are really cheap these days and wouldn’t it be nice to go on a weekend trip instead?

Well I hope this helps someone out there, because I think I want a Chloe Bay bag in tan/caramel. Now who do I know will be in Europe soon…

This post was inspired by How To Girl, a hilarious satirical blog.


  • Sophia says:

    hey well said helen. bravo! these are exactly the thought procedures (or whatever you call it) i go through before i decided if i really want to fork out US$1,000+ for a bag. i think there is only ONE bag i lust after (thank god), FENDI SPY!

  • Tash says:

    Great tips! I think I almost don’t want to get the MJ Stam anymore…. I keep seeing it everywhere and I hate that. Why can’t people just stop making cheap nasty copies… and why can’t people NOT buy them from stores like Sportsgirl when they do. *gags*

    Get some style! (love the site Helen!)

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