I feel like a hypocrite, because when anyone asks me about carrying something fragile or light-colored, I always tell them that bags are meant to be worn – and they are. But I have to be honest, when it comes to some of my favorite luxury bags, I’m afraid to carry them. It’s not every bag in my collection, but there are a few special ones that I tend to hold off on carrying for what I deem “special occasions.” They’re bags I’d never take on a plane or to run errands or for any form of everyday use. I tuck these bags into their dust bags and boxes after I use them and only turn to them when I think I can carry them and treat them nicely.

These bags include: my Hermes Birkins, my calfhair Celine bag, an exotic bag from The Row, my pristine Chanel 2.55 and more. These are bags I treasure, each has its own story, and I never want to treat them poorly. But carrying a bag shouldn’t equate with treating it poorly, so why do I end up feeling that way? Part of it is the price of these bags. The more a bag costs, the more likely I am to baby it. Another factor is the materials used; when it comes to my Celine Trapeze, I worry about ruining the calf hair as it rubs against my body. If you pair my trepidations with living in a busy city, where birds are flying around, rain seems to come without notice and millions of people are around you at all times, it sort of makes sense why I worry a bit.

In the past few months, I’ve forced myself to use my “nice bags” more frequently and with more ease. I’ve been doing a good job at it, though when a scuff ends up on my bag, I find myself cringing (which is an entirely different post). I think much of this reaction comes down to how I was taught to treat the things I own; my parents instilled a level of appreciation and respect for items that we had. Plus, I’m really anal about keeping my bags looking good.

I must not be alone in this, there must be plenty of you who buy certain items and save them for special occasions, or maybe you saved up for months to buy a certain bag, and now it rarely leaves the comfort of its dust bag. I can tell you that I sympathize with you, and I struggle with the same thing at times. I still end up putting my nice bags away and get a little skittish over the thought of anything happening to them, but like I always tell others (and myself), bags are meant to be carried and loved.

Do any of you have similar experiences? Share with me below!

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Mya
Mya
8 years ago

I think any bag loving girl can definitely relate. Especially as you say, when the bag was really expensive. I cringe at marks too and because of how I baby most of my bags, I don’t loan them to friends, because I know they wont treat it as well as I would (I don’t borrow either).
Now, having said that, I have decided to carry all my bags on a rotational basis. I realise I have to use them dammit!!! Life is short and yes they were expensive but you gotta enjoy them right? so come on Megs, get carrying. lol.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
8 years ago
Reply to  Mya

I have to remind myself to rotate my bags too (which is a great post idea, it will come!). I am carrying, just with trepidation at times!!!! I even put my Celine on the cab seat 🙂

John
John
8 years ago

Usually during the first few weeks after buying a new bag, I tend to baby it a lot and be all paranoid. But the moment it gets it’s first scuff, I go all crazy for a day or two (even a week), then afterwards relax and just enjoy using it (since it’s no longer pristine. Lol.) But like you said, bags are meant to be carried and loved, and I try to remember every time I’m carrying my bags. 🙂

Megs Mahoney Dusil
8 years ago
Reply to  John

YES! I do that too, it’s the first scuff that breaks it in and finally lets me calm down about it a bit

lavinia
lavinia
8 years ago

yes I agree with you 100%. Would you image me on a tube with a birkin? Should I be worried? Should I be calm and happy? I think I must feel comfortable with my stylish bag on my shoulder. If not it seems this bag is not really bringing me JOY which is the first reason why I buy it. I buy them to fell happier I buy them because I love them and treat them well. But (I live in a big city as well) at the same time I must feel safe taking them and in the middle of my busy crowded city not always I do. Love my chanel 2.55 and use it on special occasions to point out its value. An emotional value mostly.:)

Megs Mahoney Dusil
8 years ago
Reply to  lavinia

You and I are on the same page!!

ellavanwainwright
ellavanwainwright
8 years ago

I don’t really feel this way. I tend not to buy bags that are super delicate, but I use and enjoy the ones I do buy, and if they get scuffed, that’s life. I have a box Constance that is quickly getting scratched, but I figure that someday (when I hand it down to one of my daughters) it will have a beautiful patina.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
8 years ago

You are right – I think there is a big step between the first few scratches to where the bag looks worn beautifully. That is the transition period I don’t like

Amanda Jean Corvini
Amanda Jean Corvini
8 years ago

I can most certainly relate. If someone you are on a plane with, or on the subway sitting next to isn’t a ‘bag-aholic’ they don’t understand why you keep your purse in your lap (as opposed to under the seat, or in between your feet on the gross floor!). My poor Louis Vuittons, Chanel, and others sit in the closet growing dust (or what I think is dust) during the work week. However, when the sun is shining and I don’t have to commute with thousands of others my beautiful purse will see the light of day.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
8 years ago

Yep, I always look outside, decide what I’m doing for the day, then decide that it’s a good time to carry my nice bags!

emogen_indie
emogen_indie
8 years ago

Guess everyone is the same when it comes to your favorite bags.. I forced myself to use it more often and not get all teary every time a scratch add up.. Reminding myself that these bags might be a great legacy for my kids or niece.. But of course I am not about to go around walking swinging my mini luggage like I was holding my longchamp planetes 1899.. I will take considerate steps..

Megs Mahoney Dusil
8 years ago
Reply to  emogen_indie

HAHA! Yes, I totally feel you!

tbestes
tbestes
8 years ago

I am super particular about my bags (and shoes for that matter), and am tempted to take action when wear begins to appear (incessant attempts to “fix”it, or in some cases, contemplate replacement). Depending on the nature of the wear, however, some markings give a bag (and the wearer) character. I know there’s something comforting about seeing a well-known celeb in a photograph with a Birkin that has some light scuffing on the corners. The myth of perfection is shattered, and your thoughts begin to shift to where that person has traveled, what they’ve done in their lives, how they’ve lived, what they’ve seen, etc. (and just what kind of adventure were they on when they acquired that scuff?).

Sandy
Sandy
8 years ago

The only time that I will not carry a particular bag is when flying, certain structured bags or certain colors will never be put on floor under the seat in front of me. With that said, the bag I usually use is not exactly a cheap one…my Givenchy Pandora is black and smooshes nicely under the seat without problem. I have a pink Chanel WOC that because it will sit against my body at all times…I will pick out my outfit around the bag, light colors that will not transfer to the bag. Other than that I carry all my bags no matter the color or price in rotation and a lot. I would cry like a baby if any were scratched…I guess I am so particular that way.

Cait
Cait
8 years ago

I have an entire closet of bags I absolutely love but am too scared to use! I only use the bags that I am not totally in love with.

Patricia Ríos
Patricia Ríos
8 years ago

im the same with my so loved bags!

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