The Most Important Elements to Consider When Picking a Bag


“I always hang things on my bags because I don’t like them looking like everyone else’s”. These illustrious words were spoken by Jane Birkin. Yes, the same girl who inspired the famous Birkin bag. But while most of us can’t be proud owners of our favorite designer bags, we definitely can have stylish handbags. It’s all about how you choose them. Here are the most important elements to consider when picking a bag from size, material, and color to price point. After all, it is possible to see a Hermes Birkin Bag Price one day and realize that you can afford it!

1. Size

Bags come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on what it needs to be used for, the size will vary according to occasion. Apart from the size, even the number of pockets or containers within may influence your decision. However, it’s a good rule of thumb to remember that the size of the bag should be directly proportional to its use.

2. Material

Material is the most technical aspect to watch out for while purchasing a bag. When we mention material, we are referring to what the bag is made of (for example, leather). Many times, material is the determinant of long-term use, quality, aesthetic, and durability. So, it’s very important to do your research before jumping on board for the first one you see.

Ideally, we recommend you avoid any bag made out of animal products or cheap/synthetic materials. They are cruel to animals and toxic to the environment.

Certain materials maybe harder to maintain and refurbish. Hence the shelf life of the bag might be quite low. Think carefully.

3. Color

This step is more about individual taste rather than an objective rule. You should choose a bag that matches your personality and the occasion at hand. But if you’re still confused, just pick a darker bag for the sake of convenience.

If monochrome colors seem too bland, there are many options available like funky prints, plaid, knit and designer jacquards.

4. Accessories

When it comes to bags, it’s important to keep in mind that we don’t mean accessories in the strictest sense of the word. What we’re referring to are the logos, zippers or any other decorations that may be on it. Again, depending on your personal taste and the occasion in question, this is entirely up to you.

Metallic and sequin decorations can wear out very fast. They are also very difficult to refurbish. And sometimes, big logos can seem tacky and fake. Sometimes, subtly is better when it comes to bag designs.

5. Quality

Arguably, the most important element of bag purchasing is quality. It’s no secret that a good quality bag will retain its sheen and use for years.

When you’re looking for quality, look for a heavyweight material over all else. The higher the GSM (Grams per Square Meter), the more durable and long lasting the fabric will be.

If you are still skeptical, you can always customize a handbag- from specific stores or even Etsy. And don’t forget to give it a polish and refurbishing once in a while to maintain its top-notch quality. 

Purchasing a high-quality bag will make sure you get your money’s worth and more. So don’t skip out on this one!

6. Price

Last, but definitely not least, we are going to discuss the dreaded price point. It’s unfortunate, but the most beautiful, rare bags can easily give us a heart attack when we check out their price.

When shopping for beautiful designer bags, make a list consisting of the price ranges you’re comfortable with and another with the non-negotiable limit you can’t afford to cross. This step will make it easier for you to pick a bag that suits your pockets (literally and figuratively).

There are also multiple secondhand stores (online and offline) where you can get high quality bags that have been barely used at a steal deal.

Closing Thoughts

As it is rightly said, “No outfit is complete without a bag”. And now you, too, can make use of this trusty guide to pick the best ones for you for every occasion!

Written by Avanti Giridharan
Avanti Giridharan is a freelance writer who is interested in writing about relationships, lifestyle, beauty and fashion. When she's not writing, she can be found reading or playing music. She seeks to empower people through compassion and logic in her writings.