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Page 2 in the conversation "Handbag inventory: how many purses do you own?" by goldenpig
You have a beautiful collection, GP. I like your fossil satchels the best. That yellow Ralph Lauren is quite wonderful too.
I currently have seven bags, but two of them I NEVER use. I should donate them.
For those of you wondering how to transfer all your belongings from handbag to handbag, I recommend putting bits and pieces into a cosmetics bag, which you can just pop into whatever bag you want to use. When I change bags, I only have to fiddle with my phone, wallet, cosmetics bag and glasses case. That minimizes the amount of stuff I need to worry about.
I'm going with too many and not enough. Handbags is the first thing I look at in ANY store.
Been avoiding this post all morning and avoiding an inventory of my bags but time to face the reality (since my shopping afternoon just got postponed until tomorrow).
18 mid size and totes
5 vintage ladylike small bags
4 small crossbody
In looking over my current closet I would like to ADD a red day clutch, something in python or snakeskin, and a different cobalt blue (the tote was a temporary Zara fix) and a replacement light bag (tan or blush) for the one I am dying turquoise.
I have a ton of black but really it's because I have collected over the years and they are still holding up and fairly timeless.
I have the colored bags hanging on strap outside of a bifold closet (picture 1) . Pic 2 is detail of velcro strap holder. It's double sided so you can hang on closet bar but I don't have space. I don't like to use the back due to fear of scratching leather.
Pic 3 (sorry for upside down - it won't delete) is a wooden peg strip inside closet. It used to hold everything lol. All my black everyday bags are on there for summer. And the crossbody hanging below.
Picture 4 is a small wooden chest holding most of my evening bags and small clutches. The delicate, beaded and patent bags are in covers. I use shoe bags for clutches.
There is a bin of bags not pictured on top shelf of closet - all in dust covers but in a canvas storage bin of all the brown and spice tone bags. Some are vintage and I don't carry as often but I do like to pull out for fall. Plus my bronze briefcase.
Another bin holds canvas briefcases,backpack, gear bags and those handy fold up big totes for travel.
I am a very happy bag lady
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Natalie, surprisingly I love #10! It's so understated, love the slim look (depthwise) and if my eyes don't deceive me it's got satchel-like straps.
Strangely I am moving more and more towards low-key bags these days. I think it's because with my figure flattery priorities, bags with ALGO interrupt the streamlined silhouette I aspire towards. You can rock patterned and bright bags though. I also love the Jason Wu cat bag and the chevron Fossil.
I do still love my yellow bag though! Yellow goes with nearly everything
All my bags are PVC and cheap. I am planning on getting a mid-high end bag someday, for as bargainous a price as I can find while making sure it's authentic. You should check out The Purse Forum and you won't feel guilty some of those ladies are not "large collection but cheap", or "expensive but a few", rather they believe in quality and quantity!
I loved seeing your complete collection Natalie! Now that it's summer, I'd love to see more of that red satchel in #1 and the yellow (Dooney?) satchel. Love the Guess orange and purple bag too, right on trend with the color blocking.
I have seven right now, and I've discovered that I love cross-bodies on other people but they seem to elongate my long torso even more than it already is! I have two of those, but they don't represent a major investment. My current favorites are Monty, Big Blue and that hobo-esque straw bag I picked up at Goodwill. These soft hobo shapes with short straps look the best *on* me, IMO. Rosy, the bag I recently dyed pink, is not working out so well. It's the color. I'm thinking of giving her a navy and white color-blocked makeover!
4 evening bags
1 oversized clutch
16 various totes, satchels and cross body bags
Angie's answer about sums it up. Handbags are one of my addictions, and to be honest, I am afraid to count.
I own several but only use 3, a mustard one, an orange Coldwater Creek faux croc, and a gorgeous creamy kind of slouchy bag with a chain strap. I love this one and use it all the time.
I am, however, keeping an eye out to add to my collection as I love bags and have learned here they're another important detail that will complete a look.
Plus they always fit without trying on.
You have an amazing bag collection to go with your amazing wardrobe, GP!!
I am pouting. I only have 4 "regular" bags, 1 macramé sac, and a couple of evening clutches inherited from mother and mother-in-law. In days past, that would not have been cause for a pout (I was not a bag lady) but ever since I got my bright yellow bag, I want MORE!!!
You have lovely bags, Natalie. I especially like your new yellow one, polka dot and #1.
My bag collection is very small:
- Luce tan hobo
- satin black beaded clutch
- teal tote
- big snake print tote
- Chromia satchel in bright tomato red
- black and white stripe patent clutch
I also have checkered TH tote in pastel sherbet colors (apple green, lilac, yellow and orange) but I am not sure if it is still worth having. Maybe I should post "keep or toss" about it...
I have made the following discovery about bags during my 2 years on YLF:
- I really love how they complete outfits on others (Angie is a prime example)\
- they don't really mesh well into my lifestyle. I walk to work an I lag a lunch and often yoga clothes because I go to the class after work. As much as I love the look of a satchel bag they are not big enough for all of this - and I refuse to carry several bags. Big tote or cross body are ideal for me.
- it is very hard for me to fall in love with a bag so I find shopping for them daunting.
just not a bag girl...like traci, i fall in love with one and use until it falls apart. i also hate switching bags.
that said, i've bought my share of bags that i loved and used, but have not used out, have inherited many of my sister's designer hobos and a few special occasion or outfit specific ones. i want to wear more of these purses, but not enough to overcome my dislike of switching.
Shall I just PM you a list of the ones I want you to send me *wink*! Great collection
I'm hoping my bag collection looks as good someday as those of the "bag ladies" on this forum. Since I commute by train, I carry a "gear" tote on most days. Most handbags just can't handle a packed lunch, a laptop, and gym clothes. On the weekends, I can wear a "normal" handbag, but I default to a crossbody or small shoulder bag, since again, I'm on foot or public transport.
In no particular order:
1) Silver clutch (never used)
2) Blue shoulder bag (rarely used - poor purchase)
3) Gold convertible hobo/satchel (have been using this more recently)
4) Green crossbody (my go to crossbody)
5) Red patent clutch (only for dressy occasions but it's perfect)
Black/silver small shoulder bag (impractical and I need to purge it)
Gear daily commute bag
I really want a yellow bag, but haven't yet found the right one.
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Another one here like Angie: too many and not enough. I am often rethinking bags. I tend to climb to about 22 bags (regular, clutch, evening, tote) and keep up a continual purge, sometimes getting down to about half a dozen. But then it climbs upwards again.
At one point I decided that I didn't want any more heavy bags encumbering me. I like to picture myself as traveling light, always arriving. Trudging under a bag that was heavy even when empty didn't suit that image. So I passed along some beautiful leather bags.
I often have a conflict between wanting the bag to provide counterpoint or emphasis to an outfit and the idea that a bag is Luggage and I only need one. Even as a young girl, I never had just one. Though my mother did. It's funny that the idea of bags as pieces of luggage appeals to me since I never carry anything much in them. Occasionally, in winter, I will use a tote to stuff my winter accessories into when I take them off.
When I was young, I mostly had clutch bags, usually printed. I remember when visiting at someone's house, the woman spotted my bag and showed me that it resembled her Klee painting. Obviously, though, I didn't carry much then, either. My father would chide me about going out without a wallet. Who does that?
In junior high, in the early 60's, I had a friend who wanted to go into the army. Her very sedate mother was appalled. My friend also wanted a shoulder bag and it was strictly forbidden as her mother deemed it "rough-looking." I also did not understand why she wanted her hands free. Yes, there was a small bag in my hand but remember it held little and I was carefree in that respect. There's something that still appeals about having so few responsibilities, though today I am more likely to want crossbody bags to have my hands free for ... whatever. So, another conflict, all played out in terms of bags wardrobe.
I change the shapes and sizes of my collected bags as well. Currently I am liking slimmer, snappier looking bags.
Such great bags all around!
Am I the only one in the one bag club? One day I will branch out. This is my current everyday bag. I also have a laptop tote that I can stick this bag in, and my laptop, lunch etc..
I guess technically I have one more as I have a little clutch with a wrist strap in the event I go out but with an 18mo it hasn't seen much use.
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For all practical purposes, I have one handbag: currently a bronze glazed leather Giani Bernini bag that can be carried as a satchel, though I usually wear it crossbody. I love handbags and totes, and can spend hours looking at them in a shop or online, but I'm picky about the features I like in a bag, and I hate changing bags so I tend to carry the same one every day until I wear it out or get tired of it. In the past, my everyday bag hasn't always been neutral, sometimes it's been a color like aubergine, raspberry, or olive green. The last three have been matte metallic bronze or pewter.
I do have a few clutches I use for dressier occasions: a metallic copper snakeskin, a silver satin, a beaded black, a gold leather envelope, but I can go a whole year without using any of them.
Somewhere in my house, there is a cream-colored perforated leather satchel that was originally about $600 that I bought on a whim when I saw it marked down to under $100. I carried it one time when I was going to be meeting someone I wanted to impress, and then I carefully stuffed it with tissue paper, put it in its cloth dust bag, and forgot all about it until now. (I'm one of those "out of sight, out of mind" people, to a ridiculous degree.) I'm thinking I would really use that bag now that I've seen so many outfits here styled with light-colored bags. I vaguely remember packing it away in a bin with other bags I rarely used but didn't want to part with. Hope I can find the bin, and that the bag is still in good shape.
A small, useful collection:
1. Pretty floral Fossil overnight tote (thanks! ^__~)
2. Coral Fossil Maddox satchel
3. Small black Fossil cross-body
4. Larger fold-over brown Fossil cross-body
5. Canvas military medic bag (call bag)
And that's it
I have 4 summer bags for work(beige, light grey, white, and coral red), 2 straw bags (turq+yellow) for holidays and summer casuals, 3 smaller cross bodies(brown leather, one olive canvas, and a tylish black and white patent), 3 clutches(black snackskin texturred patent, one oringe with a fringe, and one bow shaped tan and animal print) BUT I just realized that I have only 1 bag for the fall (a mustard yellow) and only 1 currently for the winter(dark grey)-how could that happen??...:-((
BTW these are 14! alltogether and still not enough!!!
As for the organizers, I once bought one on the ebay(as I couldn't find where I live) but was not at all please with the quality-and shape---so need another one, please can you some of you share some links?
Thanks so much:-)
I'm late to the party, but I wanted to chime in anyway. At the moment I have 28 (!!) bags, plus a few random shopping-type bags that I occasionally carry as handbags.
Clutches -- 5
Small shoulder bags -- 6
Cross-body -- 3
Satchel or messenger -- 3
Big slouchy, briefcase, or tote style -- 11
Most of the collection is pictured here, except for the canvas tote bags, a grey faux leather cross-body, and my old Mexican souvenir leather satchel.
I counted last night. I have 10 everyday bags and 3 clutches. I wouldn't mind a coral or green bag but I think I have enough to keep me happy right now. I am not in the market for anything at this point.
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