5 Signs It's Time to Upgrade Your Designer Handbag

The good news: when you invest in high-quality, timeless pieces like designer handbags and accessories, you won’t wake up next season to find that you shelled out money on another passing fad. If you’ve bought a designer handbag, it’s probably because you love it and you planned to keep it a long time.

But how do you know when it’s okay to let your styling sidekick accessory go?

Here are 5 tips that might be your permission slips to make the upgrade:

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1. It doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore.

The appeal of a classic might not change, but our lives sure do! Maybe you moved to a big city and find that your open top bucket bag just doesn’t feel as secure as a crossbody would (try the Chanel Classic Flap). Or maybe now that you have kids, you need more inner pockets so that you have some hope of finding your keys among all the handwipes and colored pencils in there (perhaps you need the Prada Saffiano Lux Handbag).

Here’s the thing: you want an accessory that makes your life easier, not harder. And you can totally find the right one. If your current bag is still in good shape, consider selling it and putting what you get toward the perfect fit.

2. It’s been loved a little too hard.

Does your worn tote give the term “love handles” a new meaning? Did the item that used to make you feel put-together now make you feel a little rough around the edges? Chances are you and your bag have been inseparable for a while now, but you don’t have to feel guilty about moving on. That handbag wants you to be happy and looking fresh. Give it a heartfelt thank-you and let it know you will find a worthy successor.

3. You dread putting it away because your closet is too full.

Got an amazing designer collection, but wind up carrying the same handbag day-in and day-out because it’s too annoying to get to anything else? Time to downsize and upgrade. Trade in 2 or 3 from your B-squad and get one A-lister you’re thrilled about. Chances are you’ll wind up taking better care of this one in the long run.

4. You’re looking at your BFF’s new bag like…Envy

It’s perfectly natural to get a wandering eye after a while. After all, designers are designers because they know beautiful. We won’t judge.

5. You love it, but you just don’t carry it.

Maybe you’ve got another shoulder bag that’s similar, or maybe your wardrobe has matured toward a new color palette. Whatever the reason, that gorgeous Louis Vuitton/Fendi/Chloe isn’t doing anyone any favors sitting in your closet. Sell that beauty and give someone else a chance to love it. While you’re at it, you just might find the new accessory that makes your heart go pitter-pat.

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