Cutting the Cost of Designer Handbags

Designer handbags are an important accessory for the fashionable woman.  They are a symbol of status and social mobility. Several high end handbags tip the pricing scales at just over £20,000. Those, of course, are extreme examples, but there are a great number of designer handbags that can set a person back anywhere from £2,000 to £4,000. Even the lower end stock of reputable handbag designers price out at the £300 to £500 range.  Needless to say, many designer handbags are so expensive that they remain but a dream for a large portion of the population. A Payday Loan could help make your dream a reality by providing the funds needed to purchase the bag of your choice.

If you have had your heart set on the more expensive handbags, you might be feeling a bit hopeless at this time. Fortunately, there are ways for you to style yourself beautiful with these types of handbags even if you are not part of the social elite.

Rent Them

Did you know that film and fashion companies regularly hire out designer handbags? Since they only need the bags on a short term basis it does not make sense for them to buy the bags outright. This is something you can do as well. Many companies that once only rented designer handbags to companies are now renting them out to individuals as well. If the idea of hiring out a handbag appeals to you, here are a few places to check out:

Elite Couture

Elite Couture was one of the companies that started out by renting designer handbags to the film and fashion industry.  You can join Elite Couture for free or take a paid option and get additional benefits, such as discounts on bag hires, complimentary gifts, and providing insurance for the handbags. You can see Elite Couture’s membership options here.

Classic Chanel 2.55

Classic Chanel 2.55

Designer Handbag Hire

Designer Handbag Hire’s membership plan is listed at £9.99/month but frequently reduces the price to £4.95/month. Membership provides you with significant discounts on bag hires. You can take a look at some of the member versus non-member prices here.



Swap Them

If you are fortunate enough to already have one or more designer handbags, but are on a quest for a different style, there are places where you can swap your handbag with other handbag owners. You can either swap your bags with other people or list your bags for sale, and buy designer bags from others at lower prices than you would if you were to buy them new. Here are a couple places where you can swap designer handbags:

Big Wardrobe is a site that allows you to swap designer items from people all over the world. You can sign up for free and buy, swell, or swap designer items. The site has over 100,000 members, so the chances are quite good that you will be able to find a swap that suits your needs. is free to join and allows you to list your bags for just £1.00. The site also has a forum in which you can discuss various aspects of the designer handbag industry.

Slightly Damaged Designer Handbags

If you want to get substantial discounts on designer handbags, consider buying slightly damaged one. If you don’t mind a broken zipper, damaged handle, or a ripped lining, this could be a great option for you to consider. Of course, you don’t want to do this if the damage is obvious and you will be at a social event where you will be under close scrutiny. But if you are buying the bag more for a stylish look for casual occasions, this option could suit you well. You can find slightly damaged designer bags on eBay.

Charlotte Casiraghi’s European glamour

She is the totally gorgeous combination of a very famous and beautiful grandmother and equally gorgeous mother, and now, in her own right, Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco is becoming quite the style icon. Last week saw her sport a stunning new choppy hairdo, very reminiscent of that of Arizona Muse, and a total showstopping of a dress for the 2013 Monaco Rose Ball.  The feathered Chanel number was frothy and pretty and young, totally suiting the glamorous young woman currently entrancing European fashion.

This is not the first time that Charlotte has shown serious style credentials. As a face of Gucci she has all of Frieda Giannini’s great designs at her fingertips and chooses wisely. The blue halter neck dress she wore at the Women in Cinema event was a masterclass in the art of the understatement, fitting perfectly and adorned only with delicate jewellery and an upswept hairdo. Similarly, the black and gold jumpsuit with harem style pants showed a touch of youthful exuberance to the outfit, she is a young woman and chooses to dress like one.

But we can never step too far away from the fact that this is Grace Kelly’s granddaughter, and she has inherited Grace’s fondness for the correct way of dressing like a lady. So we have Chanel jackets in classic black, cute cloche style hats teamed with neat black suits and elements of brocade thrown artfully into the mix.

I really admire the style of Charlotte Casiraghi. She is a young woman having fun with fashion, not without mistakes (those shoes were too dark for the pink Chanel at the Rose Ball after all), but showing a real sense of style that has flown through the Grimaldi generations. I’m looking forward to seeing what else she wears in the future.

Charlotte Glamour from Dorothy Perkins

Blue spot maxi dress Price: £38.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blush stud front dress Price: £42.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue tee maxi dress Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pink and black boucle jacket Price: £45.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Dark grey boucle jacket Price: £30.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black pencil skirt Price: £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins


Next – Statement bags that will make you drool

The sign of a celebrity is a statement bag. Everyone who is anyone totes the latest it bags from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Mulberry and Victoria Beckham. The true sign that you have made it is when you have a bag named after you. Birkin’s, Kelly’s, Stam’s, Alexa’s and now the Del Rey have all been named after style icons, and have become much lusted after items with price tags to match.

But you can get supremely stylish bags, in all manner of designs, from the High Street. And one of the most fantastic collections this season is from Next. These are bags that offer style, space and serviceability, with a price tag that will leave you change from £50.

People will believe you have spent a fortune on your arm candy…it’s up to you whether you put them right…

This gorgeous vertical bag from Next with the quilted effect gives you the image of Chanel toting, without the £700+ price tag.

Next Vertical Quilt Bag £30 click to visit Next

Chanel vertical quilted satchel bag

This is a classic nude tote bag that is a wardrobe essential. It would look amazing with everything, and owes more than a bit of style to that classic amongst handbags, The Birkin.

Next Nude patent tote £30 click to visit Next

Classic nude Birkin

Tan and biscuit shades are always useful when the weather gets warmer because they just look so fantastic when teamed with white. I love that this bag gives the impression of leather, and also that it resembles the Balenciaga City bag.

Next Soft Zips Tote £26 click to visit Next


This bag is wonderful! The teal colour is fresh and unusual, the satchel shape is very now, whilst the quilting is a nod to Chanel, and also to Marc Jacobs, who also employed the teal colour to memorable effect.

Next Teal Quilted Round Zip Bag £25 click to visit Next

Marc Jacobs

Animal print is always a style staple, and is again a hot trend for the spring. This crossbody bag is perfect for shopping, leaving your hands free to pick up those bargains.Luxury brand Osprey has also featured this trend in its collections.

Next Leopard Print Leather Across Body Bag £40