Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Searching for the perfect handbag – what are your requirements?

Out of all of the fashion items I could be obsessed with, I definitely chose the two most expensive: shoes and bags. Why do I like them? If you buy quality, they’re durable and long-wearing, they always fit (once you …

Thu, Dec 6, 2012, 07:30

   

Out of all of the fashion items I could be obsessed with, I definitely chose the two most expensive: shoes and bags. Why do I like them? If you buy quality, they’re durable and long-wearing, they always fit (once you hit 19 or so, and your feet / shoulders stop growing) and they can really make (or break) an outfit. If you get a real “statement” bag, it can jazz up an otherwise boring outfit; ditto a pair of bright shoes with, say, a little black dress. I’m currently on the hunt for a sleek, stylish and, let’s face it, show-stopping number that will get me through meetings, casual drinks and airplane hand luggage. I don’t ask for much!

First on my list is this Pauric by Pauric Sweeney leather handbag, on sale on Asos.com for €416.70 (I know, it still ain’t cheap). I love the bottle-green colour and the luscious leather, and I’ve seen enough Pauric Sweeney handbags in the flesh to know that they really are worth the money – so what’s stopping me? Well, I’d like a shoulder strap, and while I do love the colour, I worry that it wouldn’t be versatile enough for everyday wear.

This Smythson tote, at €1,375 from My-Wardrobe.com, is way out of my price range – but man, is it beautiful. I love how classic it is, and the fact that it will never date – and while Smythson is a brilliant heritage label, it’s not “current” enough to ever go out of style. Cons? Still no shoulder strap, so cycling with this baby will be out, and there is the little matter of my finances not quite stretching that far.

When I met Cat from Christian Louboutin’s PR team last month I instantly fell in love with her Farida messenger bag. She was rocking the red and pink colourway, but new for this season is the leopard-print calf-hair bag, €1,395 from Net-a-Porter. I adore this bag. If I could marry it, I would. Sadly, I don’t think I can afford to buy it, but I will check on it every day until it inevitably sells out (at which point, I have no shame in admitting, I will cry).

At £95, in black with gold fastening and a long strap, Topshop’s Sienna might just be The One. My only issue with this beaut is that the website doesn’t show the bag being held by a person, so I have no idea what size it is – and don’t tell me to read the dimensions, a cm may as well be a foot with my sense of measurement! Still, I think this might just be one to take a chance on . . .

So tell me, what do you look for in a bag?

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