The right accessories can make an outfit. By this I mean, a great bag, or two in my case. Eye-catching jewelry and special, high-quality scarves can be the thing that makes your outfit stand out, and feel special to YOU.
You have seen both of these bags before. My Mini Messenger bag from CHANEL was an eBay purchase.
Shop wisely with the Chanel brand. If you do, you can resell it at around the same price after years of wearing, making an expensive bag, essentially free.
OF COURSE BE CAREFUL WITH COUNTERFEITS!
Chanel Shopping tip: I believe that new bags with all of the tags, and receipts, are not a guarantee of authenticity. In fact it could be a red flag. It is very easy to counterfeit paper! Look for quality, the suppleness of good leather, good even stitches, and how it smells too. Your eyes may be tricked, but not your nose!
Chanel storage tip: Be careful not to store white bags next to black or red bags, without a dust bag, as the color can rub off. Try not to keep it in the dust bag all of the time, and closed as leather and skin bags need to be exposed to air to avoid a musty smell.
You need not only buy pricey designer bags but please do not buy illegal replicas. The companies that make these bags often do not treat their workers well. YOU CAN AND SHOULD BUY a well-made bag that is inspired by the bag you love, when it does not infringe on copyright production and when it is made in places like Italy, where the quality is so reliable and lovely. Even if it does not have the coveted brand name, you can be proud that it is a well-made beautiful bag.
My lavender bag, which looks like a ROCKSTUD, is a no-name bag made in Italy, with beautiful leather, and was under 100 USD from this store in the UES of Manhattan, Please check this link as it takes you to many great examples of bags currently for sale that follows these ideas. YOU will thank me, I promise, and no I am not affiliated in any way. All bags and made in Italy or France,
Now do not forget the high-end consignments stores. I am wearing Chanel gripoix earrings and a silk velvet Armani scarf from Tatiana’s . Silk velvet is my absolute favorite material, it is so soft , has excellent drape, and holds onto color well. YUM! My Jacket is Theyskens Theory and is beautifully made, with lace trim and a zipper edge similar to that of a Chanel jacket. This brand is not as well-known, but their quality is excellent.
When buying high-end clothing, remember it is not always about the label. In this instance, my Theyskens Theory jacket is made just as well-made as a jacket from Chanel and costs $125 from Encore.
Always take advantage of free clothes. That means LOOK AT what your daughter, son, or hubby is throwing out.
MY DENIM JEANS WERE IN A “GIVEAWAY” PILE FROM MY DAUGHTER’S CLOSET. ( SHE IS TALLER THAN I.) MY GRAPHIC TEE IS A GIFT, MY SON GOT IT FROM HIS COLLEGE WHERE HE IS GETTING HIS PHD. MY PHD IS IN SHOPPING. LOL.
BELOW IS A SHOT OF MY CHANEL GLASSES, UNFORTUNATELY AFTER MY PUP DECIDED IT WAS FAIR GAME AS A CHEW TOY. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE ARMANI SCARF AND MY JACKET. I THINK THE QUALITY IS SELF EVIDENT. IT ALWAYS IS. THE COST OF MY OUTFIT IS NOT MORE THAN AN OUTFIT FROM ZARA, EXCEPT FOR THE EARRINGS, WHICH ARE WORTH ABOUT, OR MORE THAN, WHAT I PAID, AND I CONSIDER AN INVESTMENT AS WELL!
SO READERS, WOULD YOU CONSIDER WEARING TWO BAGS AS I DO? WHAT IS THE BEST “FREE” THING YOU HAVE GOTTEN FOR YOUR WARDROBE? WHAT IS YOUR BEST SECOND-HAND SCORE? LMK… YOU KNOW HOW! 🙂