It should go without saying that I love my handbag collection dearly, but I must acknowledge the fact that there is nothing practical or fiscally reasonable about my hobby of purchasing a collection of designer handbags. Hear me out, I’m an obvious purse enthusiast, but deep down I know that my bags are merely material indulgences. This isn’t a bad thing, but I’ll be the first to admit it is a pretty pricy hobby to have (as I’m sure most of you know), and I often find myself scoffing at the prices of handbags on my wishlist. It seems that bags keep getting smaller and prices keep getting higher, and it can be a tough pill to swallow to part ways with such a big sum of money for a bag. When dropping four figures on an item, it can truly feel like you are getting something teeny tiny in return (especially with the influx of mini bags on the scene). It’s rare that I feel like I am truly getting my money’s worth, even when I use and love a bag, but one designer handbag exception to this rule is the Louis Vuitton Neverfull.
I’ve talked about my love for the Neverfull at length before, and although I’ve been favoring my leather bags more than my LV’s as of late, my obsession with the Neverfull is still going strong. Yes, it is very functional and the epitome of a workhorse bag, but I think the value of the Neverfull is a primary factor of why this style remains one of my favorites (and is the bag I usually recommend to a first-time designer bag buyer). Louis Vuitton includes a zippered clutch with the purchase of the Neverfull, which is basically adding another bag to your purchase. Although the clutch has been included with the Neverfull purchase for years, the novelty of the inclusion of a clutch has still not worn off on me.
When I bought my first Neverfull I was delighted when I realized the clutch was included. I was shocked when the sales associate told me that the clutch was included free of charge when I bought mine, especially because it was right after they started including them in 2014 (I lucked out!). I now own three Neverfulls, and therefore own three of the pouches. Over the years, I have gone back and forth with how I use them. I’ve found that I use mine predominantly for three purposes.
The first way I use the pouch is as the bag is intended, as a clutch. The interior of the pouch has it’s own pocket and an exterior zipper, so I place my credit card in the pocket and then use the body of the bag to store my phone, a lip gloss, a compact, and an inhaler. Not much else fits, as it is not the largest of clutches, but it is certainly functional. The clutch also comes with a removable hand strap, which I opt to attach only when using as a clutch.
The second way, and my favorite, of using the pouch is as a wallet. For months I researched designer wallets, I was determined to take the plunge and purchase an expensive, “grown-up” wallet. After looking and looking, I decided to get a Louis Vuitton coated canvas wallet due to the durability. Once I narrowed it down to LV wallets and began looking at their options, I realized I had a pouch sitting in my closet that could easily be used as a wallet. Yes, it’s longer than your typical wallet, but it has a zipper and an interior pocket, which is good enough for me! I remove the hand strap because, after trial and error, it just ended up getting caught on too much inside my bag (especially my keys).
The third way I use my pouch is as a cosmetics case. I have become really into cosmetics over the last year, particularly lipstick. For years I kept my make up routine pretty simple, but I’ve begun getting more creative with my looks and experimenting with different shades and brands. In my true obsessive nature, I ended up buying about 15 shades of lipsticks during Black Friday and am still getting used to wearing them. I have a large cosmetics trunk where I house all of my makeup, but I carry the basics with me throughout the day for touch-ups. The LV Neverfull pouch is a perfect place to put a compact, a chapstick, a few shades lipstick, and some gum. If you don’t carry too much makeup during the day you could double up with your cards and your cosmetics, making a wallet-cosmetics pouch combo. Everything in one place makes it easier to find when you’re on the go.
How do you use your Neverfull pouches? Are there any tips and tricks I am not thinking of?