We're all about the high-low, but there are certain key purchases we think you should never splurge on — and ones you definitely should. And, when it comes to a reliable, goes-with-everything handbag, we're all for spending the extra money. There's a massive difference in quality and production between a purse that costs $1,000 and one that costs $100 (and one that costs $10), and if you've got the means to make that leap into the next bracket, it's worth it. Not to mention, unlike shoes that get a pretty rough beating or clothes that can quickly feel inappropriate or become outsized as you age, a quality bag is something you'll be able to use for the rest of your life.
That said, there's a lot more pressure to avoid making a bad decision in the beginning. Pick something too trendy, too unwieldy, or too finicky, and you'll kick yourself each time you reach past your designer bag for a canvas tote. So, how does one make sure they're not dropping a huge wad of cash on something that's not worth it? ModaMob came up with a four-part checklist you should go through before you take that plunge. From guaranteeing that the shape makes sense to whether or not you'll still love those quirky design details when they fall out of trend, the tips ahead are a good start to making sure you're committing to the right one. (ModaMob)