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.


Fabulous Florence opens the Harrods Sale

I am slightly obsessed with Florence Welch. I often find myself musing on whether she came to us through some time travelling portal.

Did she slip in via some 1970s Ossie Clark/Thea Porter time travel wardrobe, swathed in hippy goddess threads and long Titian hair? Maybe. Or maybe she was a long lost star of the 1930s, an Art Deco goddess in the style of almost forgotten actresses  like Kay Francis and Eleanor Powell,waltzing around in swathes of bias cut silk and furs, emoting elegant suffering at the hands of Cary Grant and Ronald Coleman.

After seeing the glamorous star opening the Harrods sale today, I’m inclined to think the laster. Florence appeared in a vintage routemaster bus dressed head to toe in Chanel. I tweeted that I was hoping she would opt for something a bit Snow Queen in fitting with Christmas, but that she appeared looking more Scottish Widow, although looking glorious all the same.

Every outfit worn by Florence is an event, and I make no apologies in saying I can see her featuring heavily on Fashion-Mommy in 2012. Her sheer elegance induces awe from me and I believe she is one of the best dressed of 2012.

What did Florence buy? My guess.

CHLOÉ Python Chiffon Dress Harrods

ANTONIO BERARDI Long Sleeve Beaded Gown 

ETRO Silk Maxi Skirt Now: 


JOVANI Knot Waist Gown