Do you use an expensive purse as your everyday bag?

posted 8 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: London, UK

My fanciest handbag is a Ted Baker one that cost me £229. I bought it as a present to myself for passing my driving test, although I ended up buying it about 2 years after I passed, as I was waiting for the perfect handbag that caught my eye. I do use it as my every day bag, and the reason is that prior to taking my driving test I was often on buses and tubes and trains, and I didn’t want an expensive bag that was often sitting on the floor. So my idea always was that once I was getting myself about in my own car, it would then be worth having a nice handbag. Ultimately it will get scuffed and start to look used, but that doesn’t bother me too much because what’s the point of using it if it just sits in a dustbag in my wardrobe?

My other most used bag is a small Kurt Keiger rainbow bag that was a similar price. I use that regularly too, when there is less stuff that I need to carry around. Same mentality really, I don’t like to save it for best because I truly love it and just want to get as much wear out of it as I can.  

Post # 17
377 posts
Helper bee

I use my Christian louboutin cabata tote every day and I’m not gentle with it… the way I see it is if I paid so much money for a bag I’m gonna get my moneys worth! I also have a LV mini pochette that I use as my wallet and kind of a catch-all in my bag and I also use that everyday. I’m going to get a neverfull soon and I’ll be rotating that with my louboutin tote (I love totes!) but my luxury cross body’s like YSL I only use for special occasions or a nice dinner date but that’s because they just look more fancy 🙂 

Post # 18
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I don’t really have expensive purses. I have an Indiana Jones style leather crossbody someone bought me in 2012 and it has aged beautifully but I haven’t used it in a while because of size.

I put a $100 navy tote on my Christmas list but no one bought it. I ended up finding a highly rated nylon one for $35 on Amazon and I’m even happier because I can beat it up.

NNEE Water Resistance Nylon Tote Bag & Multiple Pocket Design – Navy

ETA I forgot about my Kate Spade bag. I worked my ass off for a few years and never bought myself anything, let alone anything nice. I finally used my first ever bonus to buy myself a $130 Kate Spade bag on sale at Nordstrom Rack in a beautiful cream leather with an Optional crossbody strap. I love that purse because it’s soft and I literally waited 5 YEARS to buy one of her bags. Then the ink from my jeans, car seats, and wool coat started to rub off onto the bag despite putting a protective coating on the bag before I ever used it. So that lady is back in my closet! Too afraid to use it again and I’ve returned to my old mentality.

Post # 19
9390 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I use my Tory Burch bags every day. They are nice leather and hold up well, IMO.

If I had like, a $3000+ purse idk how I would handle that lol. Not going to happen anyway though!

Post # 20
2925 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I don’t have any super expensive purses or handbags.  I won’t spend more than around $300 (to some that may be really expensive, to others not).  I like Michael Kors and I found a style I really like so I have several colors of the same handbag and rotate them depending on the season.  Like a PP, I want to use them so that I feel like I get my money’s worth.

OP, I’m surprised your expensive bag is wearing down after only a few months.  I’ve had a few of my MK bags for a few years now, using them in all kinds of weather, and they’re showing minimal wear.  I have a Coach bag that’s at least 10 years old that looks brand new.

Post # 21
847 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

I have a black leather Coach bag that I bought myself a few years ago that I love, but I truly don’t use it much – more often than not, I would just grab my debit card and phone out of it and put them in my pocket. So, when I was in the Coach outlet getting Christmas presents, I got myself a little Coach wristlet so I feel like an actual adult, hahaha. My “big” purse stays in my (locked) car at all times and I hardley ever touch it, but it’s there if I need something.

Post # 22
2489 posts
Buzzing bee

My everyday bags are in the $100-300 range, which seems like the moderate end of good quality bag prices to me. I don’t rotate them except by accident in that I’ll grab whichever bag is the best size for what I’m doing and that fits my outfit. Right now I have 4 everyday bags – a small tote, a large work bag that fits my laptop & folders, a small crossbody, and a structured zippered purse that accommodates an ipad if needed. I do have one more expensive bag (Stella McCartney) in a delicate fabric that I use on rarer occassions, and a handful of clutches for the rare occassion I need a more formal evening bag. 

Post # 23
1111 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I don’t own any SUPER expensive bags, like LV or anything like that. I have a bunch of MK, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, some older Coach bags. Ive been wearing a Marc Jacobs for the last 6 months or so. It was around $400 when I bought it (I have it in black leather and tan leather, occasionally I’ll switch it for the other). My work computer bag is a leather MK tote that gets dragged through the ringer everyday though

Post # 24
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I use my purse more for function than fashion. I want to make sure it fits all my essentials and I use one purse until it’s worn and I then get a new one. My current bag is a brahmin crossbody that I got for $130 on sale originally $260, not sure if that’s considered expensive, but I like it 🙂

Post # 25
291 posts
Helper bee

I use my expensive bags as often as possible. I have a few Birkins. I choose which to use based on the weather and what my day will be like. Swift leather is lovely but quite delicate so I don’t bother taking it out on days it might rain or I have lots of errands. Togo/Clemence/epsom are sturdier, and more my daily choices. In bad weather I take my LV since it’s coated canvas and not leather so I’m not worried about it. 

Once I started getting designer bags I really can’t carry anything else lol. The funny part is of course the Hermes bags are the most expensive but they are the least recognizeable to the average person. Whereas everyone knows the LV monogram and it sticks out like a sore thumb. 

Post # 26
7663 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

buzzerbeater :  My bags range from cheapo $20 – $400 so nothing crazy crazy expensive, but some nicer ones. I use them all the same depending on my outfit/activity and what I need to carry. 

Post # 27
1572 posts
Bumble bee

I use my big coach bag everyday because it’s more hard wearing and has held up extremely well. I actually find it more economical to use a good quality bag then continually replacing cheap bags. 

Post # 28
6392 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

All the bags I own are made of good quality leather and I alternate them according to occasion and/or season (satchel, totebag, backpack, clutch) I take good care of them, keep them organized and never overloaded.  I work in the field, so my bag is part of my presentation when I visit different offices.


Post # 29
6441 posts
Bee Keeper

buzzerbeater :  I use a longhcamp le pliage as my work bag and use it 5 days a week.

Post # 30
96 posts
Worker bee

I wear them almost everyday although if going somewhere very dirty e.g camping music festivals etc I’ll generally take something sub $500-1000. I personally generally rotate about half my bags as everyday bags (rotate according to outfit/or about every couple weeks if I’m being lazy, currently about 12 in the everyday rotation) and the other half are weekend/evening/occasion bags. Exception to this would be gym bag which I don’t both to rotate because the coated canvas is hardy and it’s predominately brown so it doesnt get dirty. Honestly they’re meant to be used and I’d rather risk them getting damaged than never be able to enjoy something that I’ve spent so much money on, there’s no point in just saving them for best.

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