As a handbag lover, is there anything more exciting than finally walking into a boutique and out with the bag you’ve been pining for, for months or even years? It’s a rush; not everyone will understand, but those of us who know, know…

You’ve got an extra pep in your step, swinging that Louis Vuitton orange, Chanel black, or Gucci green shopping bag alongside you. The thrill is only matched by the very first time you take your new bag out for a spin. Creating an outfit styled specifically around complimenting your new handbag is exciting.

Buyer’s Remorse

As equally thrilling and hard to match as the excitement mentioned above is, there is no worse feeling for a collector than realizing that the very thing you’ve wanted most isn’t all that exciting anymore. It’s happened to me, and it’s likely happened to you.

In 2010, I was preparing to study abroad in Europe during the summer between my sophomore and junior years. I spent the entire year babysitting and saving up my extra spending money to purchase a new bag in Paris. I watched the EUR/USD conversion go up and down the entire year, carefully eyeing it to ensure I had enough money saved. At the time, the EUR was stronger (around 1.25 to every USD), meaning I had to save up even more in order to afford the bag I wanted.

Overwhelmingly Underwhelmed

I was able to gauge how much I would need to snag the bag of my dreams by swapping the Louis Vuitton website for the European site to see the bag’s price in Euros. By the time I got to the Louis Vuitton Store in Paris that summer, I had enough to buy the bag I had been yearning for, The Louis Vuitton Damier Ebène Verona PM. Of course, I didn’t wait until I returned to the states to use it. I carried it out to dinner on my last night in Europe.

I was so blinded by the excitement of it all I barely realized how difficult the bag was to use. However, when I got home and began using it in my day-to-day life, I quickly realized how underwhelming the bag was. It was incredibly cumbersome to get in and out of, for starters. Also, the straps looked too big to be top handle straps and felt too small to be worn over the shoulder. The bottom of the bag was also too wide so that the bag couldn’t sit snugly under the arm. As it would turn out, I was less than thrilled by this bag, despite really loving the look overall.

Louos Vuitton Verona PM

Louis Vuitton Verona PM image via reddit

A major bummer and, of course, a lesson, no matter how much you plan for a bag, sometimes it’s just not a good fit. Had I tried on the bag in the store and thought it out more, I may have been able to change my mind in time.

Sharing these stories not only helps to ease the pain, but they have the potential to save a fellow collector from making a purchase that they, too, may find incredibly underwhelming. What bag purchase did you find to be the most underwhelming?

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sammy
sammy
1 month ago

Telfar tote. I was tempted by all the hype. I liked the company’s “mission,” but the product itself is a total joke. I gave mine away to my niece.

psny15
psny15
27 days ago
Reply to  sammy

They look so tacky and plasticky when I see them on PB posts – I’ve never seen anyone carry it in real life 😋😋😋😋

Tam
Tam
27 days ago
Reply to  sammy

The tote bag is terrible quality. It doesn’t wear well at all. The bag loses it’s shape badly and the faux leather looks inexpensive….I’ve seen other bags made much better.. No Thank You

ladyet
ladyet
30 days ago
Reply to  sammy

it’s a literal tote bag. y’all need to be forreal for a second. what were you expecting? Mary Poppins’ purse?

i’ve seen many Telfars in the wild and they’ve all been carried really well/stylishly. but it’s a tote, nothing more.

just hate the way ppl in the comments love to sh*t on this brand. grow up.

Hervé
Hervé
29 days ago
Reply to  ladyet

Why are you so rude? You’re the one who should “grow up.”

psny15
psny15
27 days ago
Reply to  Hervé

She is against the first amendment 🫥🫥🫥🫥

Pic1632
Pic1632
30 days ago
Reply to  sammy

Yep. So excited to get it, figured medium was medium sized, not large as hell. Way too big for me.

Lisa
Lisa
30 days ago
Reply to  sammy

Same…mine is listed on Postmark right now.

Coco
Coco
1 month ago
Reply to  sammy

Yes! I sold mine on poshmark.

Sam
Sam
30 days ago
Reply to  Coco

I gave mine to my daughter. 😂

Gina
Gina
30 days ago

The Givenchy Antigona. I got the largest size, and the thing is a tank. It’s too big and much too stiff. I move my arm, and the thing doesn’t budge. Hate the zipper as it scratches my hand every time I reach in. Such a beautiful bag, but that’s where it ends. Not user friendly at all for me.

Veronique
Veronique
29 days ago
Reply to  Gina

I saw one in a luxury consignment boutique one day and told myself that the zipper would probably hurt my hand… your testimonial is confirming my tought.

Gina
Gina
29 days ago
Reply to  Veronique

I also find the bag is really heavy. And I knew all of these things before purchasing, but I loved the look of the bag so much, I thought I could get past all the issues. Oh well, live and learn.

Juju
Juju
26 days ago
Reply to  Gina

I hate when zippers scratch your hand! I always wanted the Loewe puzzle bag but when I tried it in store I found the same problem. Didn’t get it. Still want it though 🙁

Kat
Kat
29 days ago

Chanel 22 hobo bag in black with GH. I got caught up in the excitement when it first launched and just bought it unplanned which I so regret. I like structured bags and totes, and this is a very unstructured, soft bag. The chain straps hurt, and I couldn’t find anything in the bag. It’s also very heavy (bc of the chain straps). I get so annoyed now just looking at this hugely expensive mistake.

bea
bea
30 days ago

Hermes Garden Party and Picotin. Both bags are totally underwhelming and just not worth the money at all.

Ela
Ela
27 days ago
Reply to  bea

Really? I love my Garden Party and get a ton of use out of it. It’s casual, can go over your shoulder (unlike a Birkin), and has a IYKYK vibe.

psny15
psny15
27 days ago
Reply to  bea

Most Hermes bags are ugly and impractical but don’t say that on PB users because they seem to peddle Hermes as holy grail – lol

Gayle
Gayle
30 days ago
Reply to  bea

The garden party is just another tote bag. But the shape of picotin is growing on me. I like the bucket bag type without the drawstring which is a style hard to find (i hate everything drawstring most especially the backpack just so hard to maneuver cant close with 1 hand especially if you are in a hurry).

Veronique
Veronique
29 days ago
Reply to  Gayle

Happy to not be the only one who doesn’t like drawstring bags. The old LV epi Cluny is a good choice for that reason IMO.

Klara P
Klara P
30 days ago

most fun post! I might need to save this trove of information for future reference!

Steffi
Steffi
30 days ago

The Stella McCartney Falabella. Such an annoying bag! The chains are super heavy and noisy, the bag has zero structure (and I usually like relaxed/slouchy bags) and everything looks kind of cheap…

Talfar bags all the way, I bought two and NEVER used them.

The Celine All Soft tote. I love the look, but the strap constantly slides of my shoulder and it is hard to get in and out off. Same with the Celine Box bag. Also, the metal studs on the strap dig in your skin and make the bag so uncomfortable to wear.

Jenny Z
Jenny Z
29 days ago
Reply to  Steffi

100% I sold my Falabella. It was way too difficult to use.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
29 days ago
Reply to  Steffi

I’m probably selling my Falabella, exactly what you said, cute, but very hard to use, too floppy and chains too heavy

Andrea
Andrea
30 days ago

At the risk of sounding unpopular, the LV Capucines Mini in black with gold hardware. So fiddly to get into, underwhelming in performance and appearance. And that wide crossbody strap? I realize this is a dream bag for many, but why…?

Athena
Athena
30 days ago

I hunted a Limited Edition Louis Vuitton for several seasons in different iterations. The “Square Bag” was super limited Cruise 2017, my CA ordered it and we crossed our fingers. 50 were produced none coming to the states, so I lusted. Fast forward to 2020 Game On Collection and there it was in the cutest, had to have it, design. My father’s nickname is Ace, my grandfather taught me to play poker at 4, this felt like the universe was finally sending the perfect one my way. Having extra savings due to that Global Pandemic thing keeping us all home I again ordered a square bag with my CA.
The universe delivered and the bag “showed up” at my door, I was in love! Until I attempted to carry it. While a beautiful piece on the shelf it was completely unusable (especially in an age of heavy hand sanitizer use) and left me underwhelmed. So off it went, hopefully to make someone else content with just observing it.
Sometimes the ones we lust after most just don’t live up to the hype they had in our minds.

N R
N R
30 days ago

Bottega Veneta mini Jodie. I could tell the leather wouldn’t wear well plus it was a pain to get into. Luckily, I was able to return it.

I K
I K
30 days ago
Reply to  N R

I agree! I bought into the hype but really hated it from the get go. I sold it within 3 months.

ladyet
ladyet
30 days ago

hmm, i have a Kate Spade bag that I’ve never reached for… it’s bright pink, which I actually love in theory, but I should’ve been more thoughtful about how I was going to use it before buying. It’s probably close to 7-10 years old now, still in original packaging 😅.

nowadays I completely know my bag carrying tendencies so I’m really really careful about choosing my next purchase. also choosing bags i have to save up for helps ensure that i really want them by the time I purchase.

Jenny Z
Jenny Z
29 days ago
Reply to  ladyet

Same here. I find myself using structured totes most often, so that’s what I will be buying in designer purchases moving forward. I am looking for recommendations outside of The Neverfull & St. Louis tote.

Seagreen20
Seagreen20
29 days ago
Reply to  Jenny Z

Mulberry and Aspinal of London have great tote options.

Kat
Kat
29 days ago
Reply to  Jenny Z

Highly recommend Ferragamo black minimal tote. Calfskin leather, lined and IMHO better constructed and sturier than YSL or LV version.

GG Pastel