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Handbag Trends

Stretching the Dollar: How to Get the Most Out of Your Wardrobe with Accessories


The fashion scene has changed—affected by the recession designers, retailers and consumers have shifted priorities. But that doesn’t mean people have stopped shopping. In fact, accessories, especially luxury handbags, have come more into focus. Brands like Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel appear relatively unscathed by the economic climate.


Instead of buying trendy clothes that quickly go out of fashion, consumers are turning to accessories to get more mileage out of their wardrobes. Handbags, unlike most clothes and shoes, can last a lifetime. For example, a designer handbag made by Hampton & Co., becomes an heirloom piece to pass on for generations. What’s more, one good handbag is really all you need for every day use, so women are choosing wisely and opting for investment handbags that


Handbag Trends


So what are the most popular luxury handbags styles in the recession era? Comfortable, durable and versatile handbags are the most in demand. Oversized leather and structured handbags like the Lexi Leather Satchel and Black Patent Satchel easily accommodates all of your belongings and are perfect for work, school or a day at the mall. Handbags by Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Belisi fall into this category, with a variety of luxury handbags to choose from.


A handbag instantly transforms a plain black dress from a one-trick pony into several different looks. Scarves and inexpensive jewelry also create additional style options. Leather handbags in bright colors like the red handbag from Belisi add interest to an outfit without being overwhelming or forcing you to commit to bold clothes that may go out of style in a few months.

Jack of All Trades


Multi-functional handbags also are a good buy right now. Double duty totes hold your laptop or beach reading material during the day or your going-out essentials at night. Designer backpacks, drawstring handbags and women’s laptop bags are all popular for students, travelers, moms and career women.


Choosing the Right Handbag


While consumers are shopping less, they’re making each purchase count. If you’re going to invest in a handbag, you want it to last. First, look for high-quality, durable materials—structured leather handbags that have been treated will endure the best. Soft leather looks beautiful at first but gets dirty easily and suede handbags can get dingy. For your everyday bag, choose one that’s durable and purchase less expensive, novelty clutches and purses for occasional events.


Caring for Your Designer Handbag


You can help retain your bag’s luster by protecting it from moisture, makeup, food and oil-based products. When you first get your handbag, treat it with a leather protector, which will help to deter stains from settling in.  Make sure that you read the label on any cleaning or protecting agent before using it on your leather handbag to ensure that it will not damage the type of leather used to make your bag. It’s also a good idea to store your bag in a protective sleeve or felt or satin bag to prevent scratches and other damage.


Handbags are a great way to express your individual style and get more out of your wardrobe—and there are a lot to choose from. Happy shopping!


A. Covington for Belisi


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