Before you drop half your paycheck on a fancy-schmancy designer handbag, don’t you want to be 100 percent certain it will stand the test of time? (Looking at you, neon Gucci waist bag.)
Enter Tracy Bradford, Neiman Marcus’s Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Handbags and Fashion Accessories. As you can imagine, she has handbag advice for days, with plenty of insight into how to choose investment pieces.
Take color, for example. “I would recommend black, cognac, gray and navy. These colors can easily be worn year-round,” she says. When it comes to features? “One of [the] biggest factors to consider is functionality,” she notes. “Does the bag have an inside zipper? Interior compartments or pockets? An exterior pocket for a cell phone?” Bradford also suggests considering some of the less obvious dualities, such as: Can your desired style work for day and night?
Yeah, that’s a lot to mull over. Luckily, Bradford was also happy to share three bag styles that are always a timeless classic. These purses come with history but are still modern must-haves.