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Designer Handbags Everything A Woman Needs To Know

Updated on March 20, 2011

Everything that Women Need to Know about

Designer Handbags

You don't have to be a shopaholic or a fashionista to appreciate handbags. As long as you're a member of the female species, you are bound to have one, two, a dozen or a closet full of designer handbags in your bedroom.

From 'It' Bags to a Variety of Handbag Designs for the Discerning Woman

From 1990s to the year 2000, 'It' bag was a colloquial term used to describe the latest bestselling handbag designed by makers like Hermes or Fendi. As long as you have one of these arm candies, you are practically carrying your status symbol with you whenever you go out for a night about town.

Unlike the hottest trends in clothing design which does not suit every body type, almost everyone can carry the hottest, latest designer bag as long as they have the budget for it. During this decade, an 'it' designer bag sells in hundreds of thousands, its popularity spreading like wildfire among women customer.

The problem with 'it' bags is that once their popularity wanes, you would not have a use for the bag anymore – at least if you want to look trendy. The popularity of one 'it' bag can be easily superseded by the next one, so the life span of one designer bag usually lasts for one fashion season only.

This is definitely not a practical way to live, especially considering the high tag price associated with the hottest it bags. As a solution, the modern woman has become more discerning in her bag design choices. The bag manufacturers themselves understood this demand, so instead of releasing one 'it' bag for one fashion season, they diversified the styles to suit the personal tastes of different women.

 The decline of 'it' designer bags does not mean that there's no dominating trend in the handbag design industry, however. There are emerging trends and hot designs, but they are not limited to one designer bag only.

For example, if jewel-toned bags are hot for 2010, it means that several handbag designers will come up with their very own version of sizzling-hot jewel-toned bags which some women would lust after.

Once it becomes a bestseller, other designers will follow suit by releasing another version of a jewel-toned handbag. This means that there are plenty of handbag design varieties to go around, to suit the tastes of even the most finicky bag owner.

For 2010, here are some of the must-have features if you want to have a trendy bag that will showcase your personal tastes at the same time:

Hottest Designer Handbag Trends for 2010

Classic-shaped handbags
Due to the economic meltdown, it's been a tough year for everyone financially. Fortunately, classic-shaped handbags have made a huge comeback for 2010 so those who have a collection of designer handbags in their closet simply need to get them out of hiding.
Some of the most popular shapes of handbags include toes which have open tops and straps or handles; Hobos which are crescent-shaped shoulder bags; the classic clutch bag; satchels; baguettes and pouches. Talking about classic, there's no better arm candy to carry around than the classic Kelly bag from Hermes.

 Jewel-toned handbags
This is one of the loveliest designer handbag trends which emerged for 2010. Take your pick from designer handbags which come in a variety of jewel hues including ruby, emerald, amethyst, peridot and sapphire. For each shade, there are varying saturations – so it all depends on whether you want something bright and eye-catching, or something more subtly colored.

Double-carrying options
Another trend which emerged this year are designer bags which have double-carrying options. One great example of this is a purse which has both a shoulder strap and a top handle. Once you get tired of carrying the bag in your hand, you can easily switch to using the shoulder strap.

Oversized bags
Finally, oversized bags are back in style. No matter where you're headed, huge purses or oversized bags in stylish designs and trendy colors make for a great arm candy


Multiple pockets
Flexibility seems to be the order of the day when it comes to the designs and features of the hottest handbags for this year. Aside from multiple carrying options, you can also opt for handbags which have multiple pockets. This is especially useful for women who are going away on a weekend trip but still want to carry something stylish.
The pockets on handbags should be located on both the exterior and interior – but make sure that they blend in with the overall shape of the bag so as not to distract from its design.

It's All in the Name: Handbag Designers Galore

Rather than giving in to the impulse of buying a knockoff, why not go for the authentic designer bags? They might set you off a few hundred to about a couple of thousand bucks, but they can practically last you a lifetime. And there's no match to carrying an original designer handbag – which you can even pass on to your daughter in the future as vintage designer items.

So what are the most popular designer handbag names that you should watch out for? Here's a quick list:

  • Alexander McQueen
  • Anna Sui
  • Badgley Mischka
  • Balenciaga
  • Calvin Klein
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Celine
  • Chanel
  • Christian Dior
  • Christian Lacroix
  • Christian Siriano
  • Diane von Fursternberg
  • Donatella Versace
  • Donna Karan
  • Escada
  • Fendi
  • Giorgo Armani
  • Givenchy
  • Gucci
  • Issey Miyake
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Kate Spade
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Marni
  • Michael Kors
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • Prada
  • Proena Schouler
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Stella McCartney
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Vera Wang
  • Versace
  • Yves St. Laurent
  • Zac Posen

Where to Buy the Best Handbags

Finally, what's the best source for buying designer handbags? Keep in mind that not all 'designer' bags are authentic. If you're paying premium dollars for a designer handbag, you want to make sure that you're buying the real thing instead of having a "class A" knockoff delivered to your doorstep.

It's really quite easy to distinguish genuine designer handbags from the knockoffs. All you have to do is inspect the stitching, the lining and other parts of the bag. Designer handbags are finely sewn, so the stitching should be close together. Feel the material used in the lining – it should be silky and it usually has the logo of the designer embedded on the cloth. The straps should be sturdy, the accessories finely made and the material used in the bag itself should feel luxurious to your hands.

The best places to shop for designer handbags are online stores like and You should also be able to find authentic designer handbags in the state where you live. Naturally, the flagship stores of Louis Vuitton, Versace, Prada or some other label of handbag that you wish to own would be selling the hottest, trendiest handbags for the season.

If you wish to buy designer handbags at discounted prices from retail stores, well don't hold your breath because that's just not going to happen.

At the end of the day, nothing beats the feeling of knowing that the designer handbag that you own is something that will practically last you for a lifetime in terms of quality and durability. When you take care of your designer handbags properly, you can even pass it off to the next generation of fashionistas and bag lovers in your family and allow the bag-loving tradition to flourish over the years.


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