|Fendi Chameleon Duffle Satchel, $2,490, available at Saks.*|
Okay, so here's my fall/winter wardrobe plan: Shop my closet and invest in a fabulous handbag.
I've never been one to over-think my handbag purchases. As long as it didn't look cheap and met my stuff-hauling needs, I wasn't too picky about one bag over the other. Then last spring, on a whim, I spent a little more on a designer handbag than I usually do. Okay, a lot more.
But dear readers, this bag was noticed. Well-dressed strangers complimented me on my bag. I could be wearing jeans and a t-shirt and this handbag made me look like I had a summer home in the Hamptons. Store clerks were more eager to be at my service. My daughter Annie emailed me photos of celebrities with the same bag, writing "Look Mom, you're as cool as [famous fashionable persons]."
Considering I wore this same bag every day for over six months, I definitely got my money's worth out of it, and I'll probably pull it out of the closet again this spring. I love that bag and the way it made me feel.
What about you, dear readers? Has a handbag you owned ever made you feel like you just stepped into a higher income bracket? Or are you more of a shoe or jewelry person? Do tell...
*I did not spend anywhere near this amount for my handbag. C'mon, I have a kid in college!