But if you aren’t able to go crazy with your credit card, you can make the most of what you buy when you purchase purses, handbags and accessories.
These are items with long lasting value and will be usable for many seasons. In fact, many well-made vintage purses, handbags and accessories retain their value; and some even increase in value. The key, of course, is making sure you care for them properly. Keeping your bags clean, storing them in dust bags, and storing them in a cool, dark place when they are not in use will keep them gorgeous for years.
For example, consider the Anya Hindmarch Elliot Glace white tote ($1200), which is a purse that can never go out of style. Its clean design, smooth Glace, and roomy interior make it a perennial favorite. Another gorgeous handbag with lasting appeal is the JT Italia Collar Shoulder bag in raven eel ($2025). The raven colored, supple eel skin is contrasted gorgeously with a deep red leather interior. Its soft structure is made roomier with the innovative pleating at the base of the bag. This is certainly not a handbag to buy and throw away after one season-it’s a treasure you will look forward to carrying year after year!
Carrying a purse or handbag that has classic appeal is one thing, but other accessories can also be wise choices for your wardrobe now and in the future. Pearl necklaces are eternally usable, and you can purchase some fabulous, modern alternatives to your grandmother’s pearls. Gerard Darel’s baroque pearls are large, unique, and luscious-buy a set in black and in white and you’ll have them in your family for generations. Even if you don’t buy fine jewelry, there are some amazing quality crafted heirloom pieces made out of a huge range of semi-precious materials.
It may seem gauche to go on a wild spending spree when people are screaming about the state of the stock market. There is no need to be concerned that you are ‘wasting’ your money, because these gorgeous pieces have been made to last.