Note to Readers:
You, my dear readers, voted Chanel as the designer purse you are dying to have. Nice work! I also voted for Chanel, and I am constantly trying to think of ways I can buy one. One of my best friends has a "Chanel Bag Fund" that she puts a little bit from each paycheck into. Sounds like a good savings plan to me! If I may offer my opinion on purchasing purses, I would suggest following these rules:
1. If you want a trendy purse (a la something with this season's new trend of leather fringe, or something in a highlighter color) purchase an expensive looking one, but from a less expensive brand. I don't see the need to spend hundreds of dollars on a bag that will be out of style in a few months.
2. If you are in the market for a designer purse (a la Chanel, Gucci, YSL, etc.) buy one in a classic color and shape, so you can continue to use it for years and years to come. I myself was lucky enough to buy a Chanel bag a few years ago, and I bought a classic black quilted one with the iconic gold chain strap. It always is in style and it still looks brand new, despite a lot of wear and tear. I look forward to giving this purse to my daughter someday, and don't worry I will make sure she realizes the significance of such a gift!
3. If you need money for a new purse, consider selling some of your old, out of style ones on eBay. Your old bag can be exactly what someone else is looking for. That way you don't have to feel as guilty about spending money on a purse, because you just made money off of a purse. It's kind of like a trade, or an upgrade.
In honor of Coco Chanel (who's Lifetime movie I have on my DVR, but haven't watched yet), I am going to post a few photos of Chanel purses. Maybe to inspire you to start your own "Chanel Bag Fund". If you are like me, and can't buy one right now, they are still nice to look at!
This beauty is new to the Chanel accessories line. I like the variation on the basic black, and I think the oversize link chain is very chic.
I like this classic shape in the gunmetal leather. It is a nice, but still subtle change.
I am OBSESSED with this bag. Yes, it is very large, and my boyfriend would tease me that my purse was more like luggage, but I still adore it! This would be a great oversize bag to use as a carry on when traveling, or it would make a great "briefcase" for a working woman. I just love it.
Note to Chanel:
Feel free to send any of the photographed purses to me as a thank you for all of this publicity I am giving you. Congratulations on your big win in our Fashion Noted Poll! Thank you Karl Lagerfeld and his design team for creating these classic bags. You truly deserve this accolade, along with all of the others you have raked in over the years.
Well, I am now going to sell some things on eBay, to try to find a way to buy one of these purses.