Buying your first designer bag is one of those fashion-girl rites of passage, almost as important as, arguably more than, getting your first car. But with high-end price tags equating nearly a month’s rent, we consulted with handbag expert Tina Craig of Bag Snob for advice on how to get the purse of your dreams without cashing out your savings account.
“By adjusting your life ever so slightly and following this plan religiously,” says Craig, “you can afford two new designer bags each year. And trust me—a great bag dangling from your shoulder is way more satisfying than that fancy chai latte.”
Keep scrolling for Tina Craig’s five tips for saving for your first designer bag purchase! Plus, shop our favorite luxury bags below.
Maison Margiela Grained-Leather Bucket Bag ($1594)
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