I also splurge on them for myself as well. The really classic ones I will squirrel away for my daughter and hope that one is a "cool enough" vintage for her to enjoy. I choose to invest in bags because I believe they can last for a really long time if treated nicely, as a legacy to my daughter (fingers crossed) and because there are very few material items I truly enjoy more than a gorgeous bag. My usual budget range for a handbag is under $400. For some that may seem like a crazy high amount or for others that love the Phillip Lim's and LV's that may seem like small change. For me I find that I can find a stylish and high quality bag for that price or lower easily.
I usually have a running list of the bags I'm currently obsessing over... these are my current loves. I gravitate towards neutrals but I always love a little something crazy thrown in like the neons (that pink bag! Amazing!). This past spring I bought a yellow neon bag that I adore... it's so fun to carry. Are you with me? Love bags? What is your favorite style of late?
bottom from left: pale pink, leopard (I just need to break down and buy this already!), burgundy (amazing, but heartbreakingly expensive.)
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