The Handbag I Chose Instead

It was on sale, and it NEVER goes on sale, so I quickly logged into my Nordstrom account and purchased my new bag for pickup. I was pretty sure it was what I wanted, but as soon as I clicked “confirm’, I thought otherwise.

Michael Kors has always been a brand I looked to for style inspiration and really coveted their bags, but to me, their brand has been in a recent spiral down. During college, EVERYONE had to have the big watch, and in recent years, it was all about their bags. Scrolling through Poshmark, it was hard to not submit an offer on the bags listed all over the place. But, I’m starting to realize why I regretted my decision to click “confirm” and purchase a black leather Selma satchel from Michael Kors – their brand was losing.

Over the past couple years, MK has been expanding its brand line to have many price ranges and so many different styles for every budget. It is getting overplayed and overly purchased, and I am over it. When I first saw someone sporting the Selma bag I had purchased, I adored it! But now, their brand is so highly available that this exclusivity is corroding.

I can talk on and on about the brand, and why I loved it, and now why I’m avoiding it, but I wanted to go into what I think is next, and what I’ll be buying and saving up for.

Rebecca Minkoff – I swear that her Mini MACs are the greatest cross-bodies – I own two and want more. Her designs are stylish and practical. The brand is its own, complete with the long tassels. I actually purchased the MAB satchel shown (in smoke) and cannot wait to make it my everyday bag!


Love Quilted Crossbody / MAB Tote / MAC Crossbody

Tory Burch – Classic American with a touch of bohemian, you can never go wrong. The bags can be a bit heavy from reviews I have seen, but with leather that is what you get. They are a bit on the pricier side from this list, but I believe it is worth the investment. It’s going to be my next big bag purchase.


Frances SatchelDouble Zip Tote / Marion Tote

Kate Spade – I’m actually happy that they removed Kate Spade Saturday (and Jack Spade) from their brand lines. It degraded the brand a bit by offering that lower price tier. Funny enough, KSS evolved from a Target collaboration that never panned out (Lilly, I’m looking at you, tisk tisk). Sidenote: Target collabs are a quick way to kill your brand from my own personal opinion. Kate Spade is for the pretty, but their clean lines have drawn me in and I would love a few of their totes for work and wallets to keep everything organized.


Shoulder Bag / Wallet / Satchel

Marc Jacobs – His hip couture as I somewhat see it is one of my favorite to combine classy (they used to work for LV, funny enough) and laid back into one. I love his bags for everyday and weekends, as well as his accessories.The watch I wear daily is by Marc and linked below.


Hobo / Watch / Drawstring Bag

These are all very mainstream brands – which ones do you find yourself gravitating towards? Any brands you love that aren’t listed?