Fashion Tips

How to choose your first luxury bag

February 23, 2022

Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Fendi, Dior, Chanel, Longchamp, Furla… we all have one. You know which one. That luxury bag that we just can’t get out of our heads. If you’re ready to splurge on the second-hand luxury bag of your dreams and finally get it out of your head and onto your hands, be sure to consider these expert tips before making the investment.


Define your budget

Any long-term investment requires that you define your budget, including the purchase of a second-hand luxury bag because this is both a functional and a sentimental piece. This double value could either lead you to an impulsive purchase or a smart one that will be an easy return on investment thanks to all the use you’ll be giving it. Let’s go with the smart budget – you’ll be so glad you did! 

Decide the brand & model of your luxury bag

Ready for the fun part?! Whether you’ve been daydreaming about the Chanel 2.55 or the Hermès Birkin, be sure to consider why you love the luxury bag you are considering: is it because you love seeing it on all those other it-girls or because you’ve already had one on your arm and it looks amazing? Does the second-hand luxury bag of your dreams fit in with your style, your wardrobe, your life? Does everything you need fit in your luxury bag? Truthfully answering every single one of these questions will make a world of difference. Trust us.


Wear & maintenance

Whenever you’re considering the purchase of a second-hand luxury bag, be sure to factor in how, when and how many times you plan to use it. If you’re investing in a Gucci briefcase to take to work every single day, perfect. If you’re investing in a Louis Vuitton weekend bag but hardly ever go away for the weekend, not so perfect. What’s the point of committing to a luxury bag if you’re going to leave it at home? In this case, it might be worth it to consider another brand and/or model. In addition, be sure to contemplate the maintenance costs of a luxury bag and if that’s something that you can also fit into your budget.

The purchase

Buying a second-hand luxury bag is thrilling… and involves a bit of detective work too. When weighing the different options available, be sure to always view high-quality pictures of the product so you can have a clear view of every single aspect of its current condition: color, detailing, monogram, tags, labels, serial number and certificate of authenticity. Double-check the dimensions, the inclusion of straps or other accessories and don’t forget to analyze the interior of the luxury bag as well.


Congratulations, you’re about to buy your first-ever luxury handbag! And the fact that it’s second-hand only brings with it more advantages: a greater offer with models that are no longer produced and various budget-friendly options. In addition, pre-loved doesn’t mean pre-used or old (sometimes the luxury bag has never been used at all!), and you’re contributing to sustainable shopping while staying luxurious. Shop luxury second-hand bags with MyPrivateDressing – together for more ethical fashion.

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