We’re big fans of self-care, whether that means a solo trip to the movies or a calming nightly skincare ritual. As you might expect, though, handbags are our favorite way to indulge ourselves. Retail therapy is totally a real thing, and when it comes time to shop, you know which section we’re headed to first. In honor of the upcoming National Handbag Day (October 10!), we’re here to celebrate our favorite celebration.
Below, check out the reasons that bags are our favorite treats to give ourselves, and let us know what your reason is in the comments.
1. They Don’t Require You to Do Laundry.
You might spot-clean your favorite bag with a baby wipe every now and then, but a new bag isn’t like a new sweater; it won’t have you hand-washing in your bathtub or sprinting to the dry cleaner before it closes for the evening. We prefer our indulgences not to make extra chores for us.
2. Have Another Slice of Pizza; Your Bag Won’t Judge You.
Up a size, down a size, eating your feelings, training for a marathon, get pregnant, have the baby, whatever–your handbag is your handbag no matter how much water you’re retraining or how long it’s been since you’ve had a carb.
3. New Bags Don’t Need to Be Broken In.
There’s always a chance that anything that comes in contact with your body will hurt you, but compared to fancy shoes, bags are way less likely to cause blisters or bleeding. (Although watch out for the extra heavy ones.)
4. A Bag’s Cost Per Wear is Among the Lowest in Fashion.
There’s nothing logical about luxury fashion (that’s not the point!), but in relative terms, it makes way more sense to spend $2,000 on a bag than the same amount of money on a designer dress. For example, no one will report you to HR at work if you carry the bag every day for six months, but it might be an issue if you did the same thing with the dress. You might have to have a meeting. People might ask questions.
5. Who Doesn’t Love Fancy Leather?
People have whole fetishes built on leather, but our interest is a little tamer, though no less ardent. Luxury leather is one of the most delightful materials to touch in the whole world. A lambskin Chanel Classic Flap Bag feels the way chocolate tastes.
6. Handbags are Full of Personality.
A pair of jeans is, to a certain extent, a pair of jeans, but a handbag can be nearly anything. You can buy a satchel covered in studs and chains or pick up a clutch that’s made in the image of your favorite classic book. Often, bags are the biggest statement-makers of an outfit, and having a good one is something people notice.
7. Handbags are a Constant Companion.
As indulgences go, many are momentary pleasures (a great meal or beautiful bottle of wine) or special-occasion treats (fine jewelry or a beautiful dress). Handbags, on the other hand, are a beautiful thing that’s with you all the time, all day. They’re a constant reminder you did something nice for yourself.
8. They’re Just the Best, Okay?
Everyone has their *thing*. Handbags are ours, and they’re probably yours, if you’ve made it this far. And you don’t have to explain that to anyone.