the style letters: Style You: Good Investments

Style You: Good Investments

Welcome to this month’s Style You! Looking for the perfect pair of skinny jeans? Have an event coming up and no idea what to wear? Email your fashion dilemmas to and watch this column for your post.

Hi Maria,

I am loving your Style You series, so I thought I would participate!

I am looking to purchase my first designer bag in the $600 – $900 price range outside of Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors. (Don’t get me wrong, I adore these brands but have rocked them in the past). Something classic that can stand the test of time. Any recommendations? I don’t want to succumb to trends and be sorry a year or two from now. Any tidbits you can send my way would be amazing.

~ Nicole ~

the style letters: Style You: Good InvestmentsAlexander Wang Soft Pelican Satchel | Elizabeth and James Cynnie Bucket Bag | 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashi Satchel | Rag & Bone Bradbury Zip Hobo | Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair

Ok, after considerable research and deliberation, here are my thoughts on the perfect investment bag:

I agree on staying away from Kate, Michael, and Marc – all talented designers for sure, but there are some (relatively) new kids on the block that will stand the test of time. My current favorites are 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Minkoff, and Elizabeth and James. If you’re like me, you’re probably over the logo craze and just want a beautiful design that speaks for itself. Not ready to commit to a bright hue? Neutral doesn’t have to be boring. Supple leather, gorgeous texture, and the perfect structure elevate a classic black bag or brown tote. You’ll admire it every day.

Can’t wait to hear what you end up getting!

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