Like the quintessential "little black dress," every girl needs a "little black bag." This piece can go everywhere from a day out shopping to a black tie event. Since it will never go out of style, this is a staple piece for your closet that you can feel confident spending a little extra money on.
I still remember the moment (almost exactly two years ago) that I bought my black fringed Saint Laurent bag. There was an instant rush of horror and excitement as I dropped that much money on such a small bag. However, true to my self-justification "devil on my shoulder" that urged me to buy it, I have worn this bag countless times.
When buying a pricey bag, it is essential to be savvy. Look for something that's majorly versatile. Pay attention to the hardware. Is the hardware a statement feature of the bag? If so, you might not be able to wear a bag with gold hardware when you're wearing silver jewelry (unless you are into mixing metals, which is cool too!). Try to avoid shapes or features that are overly statement or overly trendy. Yes, your bag should be unique, but it should not feel like it is manically following a fad. Finally, pick a bag that's of a durable material (this is not so much of a problem with beautifully crafted designer pieces, but still something to consider).
These aren't hard and fast rules--obviously, the bag that most fits your personal style is the best option! Another good tip to follow is to always scour eBay, Poshmark, The RealReal and Tradesy. By searching LBBs by your favorite fashion house on these consignment websites, you may find a true vintage gem, a style that is no longer in production, an AMAZING deal, or all of the above!