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Help me choose a handbag please!

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ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 16:31:48

I've just got an amazing new job, and I want to celebrate by buying a fab new handbag with my first paycheck!

The trouble is, I'm covering three, and can't decide which one I want first!! Please give your opinion as to which ones are nice/not so nice... The three I'm trying to decide between are:

Mulberry Oversized Alexa - love the braided leather strap, the slouchy leather, and the cool, slung over your shoulder look it has. Am slightly worried about it being a bit dated though, and it's a bit casual.

Prada Saffiano Tote - the one with the two zips... I love the leather, love the organisation of the pockets, and love how classic it looks, but wonder if it's a bit too dressy for every day use.

Givenchy Antigona - love that it's very clean and classic, but not sure if it's big enough?

Please help me decide!

Beaverfeaver Sat 01-Mar-14 16:36:41

Both mulberry and Prada ones.

I wouldn't be able to decide between tem and they are not similar enough to only choose one!

ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 16:42:56

Argh, Beaver that's the answer I'm trying to get away from!!

santamarianovella Sat 01-Mar-14 16:50:23

I wouldn't go with givenchy,their bags are seasonal,and chances are they might be discontinued,

The prada is ok-ish, but too formal for daily use I think.

Mulberry,I don't know,

Sorry not helpful at all smile, but I would choose,celine or bottega veneta, or maybe a chanel shopper instead .

TheHandbagOfGlory Sat 01-Mar-14 16:56:24

If you search MelSoldera on YouTube, she has a Givency Antigona and I think she's done a What's In My Bag or at least a review of it so you would get a better idea of the size and what it holds?

ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 16:58:00

Not a fan of Chanel at all, and think the Celine ones are a bit too WAG-ish... I do like Bottega Veneta, but I don't really love any of their bags at the minute.

Good to know about the Givenchy being seasonal though, definitely something to consider.

ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 16:58:48

Ah, that's brilliant Glory, cheers! I'll go watch now!

BrennanHasAMangina Sat 01-Mar-14 16:59:37


santamarianovella Sat 01-Mar-14 17:04:32

If you want to avoid a "wag-ish" bag then prada and givenchy is owned by every "wag" out there, there are no wag free bags,

TheHandbagOfGlory Sat 01-Mar-14 17:05:25

Just realised she also has the Prada Saffiano tote here

She also has 2 Birkins and just about every other handbag you can think of!

ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 17:14:26

ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 17:18:49

SantaMaria I know that WAGS have all the "designer" bags, but there are certain ones that are known for being a bit more waggy than others, iykwim?

santamarianovella Sat 01-Mar-14 17:32:21

I know what you,mean regina but that didnt stop me from owning 3 celine bags wink, we all wear things differently,for example you wouldn't see me wearing one with daffodils louboutin ,and a size too small Stella McCartney dress.

mrsrhodgilbert Sat 01-Mar-14 17:34:01

The leather on that Mulberry is a lot less slouchy than the old leather so it may not be too casual. I sat next to one in a cafe last week and it was a lot more upright than my soft leather one next to it on the bench!

QueenCadbury Sat 01-Mar-14 17:37:36

Going on looks alone I like the givenchy best.

bunnymother Sat 01-Mar-14 17:39:38

I like the look of the Givenchy. A friend has one and loves it.

BrennanHasAMangina Sat 01-Mar-14 17:43:28

Thanks for the pictures smile.

Mulberry is the least wag-y, I think.

MotherBluestocking Sat 01-Mar-14 17:45:08

I would rule out the Alexa - been carried by too many people for too long. The Prada is divine - what colour were you thinking of? In black it might be a bit formal but in a funky colour could work off- as well as on-duty. There are a lot of fakes around though...
Givenchy - also divine. But agree that it might quite quickly lose its cutting edge. How long are you planning to keep it?

ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 17:49:59

Mrshod is the leather that different? That's a shame, I really love the slouchy look, was just hoping the leather would soften up and start slouching after some use. Hmm...

I love the look of the Givenchy, but it's slightly annoying that it doesn't have many internal pockets... That's one thing I love about the Prada.

I would probably go for either black or a light grey in the Prada, but is a downside that there are a ton of knockoffs around...

ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 17:52:31

Don't know about how long I'd keep it... I definitely wouldn't but a bag with a goal of re-selling it though. If I ever needed the room/money/etc., I'd maybe sell it, but assume I'd just keep it until it's no longer any good to me!

santamarianovella Sat 01-Mar-14 17:56:00

regina why should you be worried about knockoffs?if its something you like and You certainly know its the real deal,and that's all that should matter,hermes and LV bags are copied all the time,but I can spot a fake one,its not that very difficult to distinguish.

madammecholet Sat 01-Mar-14 18:01:18

Givenchy... or Prada.

ReginaldBlinker Sat 01-Mar-14 18:22:46

I know knockoffs shouldn't matter, but I'm always a bit judgy and dubious of people who I think have knockoffs (girls my age normally, as I'm quite young, and most people my age probably can't afford bags like this), so I guess I'm just a bit wary that my judgy karma will bite me in the arse!

buttercrumble Sat 01-Mar-14 18:31:55

Love the mulberry smile

pseudonymity Sat 01-Mar-14 19:03:50

They all have prominent branding which would put me off. I like the Alexa but it's out of fashion (if that bothers you?). The Givenchy is lovely.

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