Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My First Louis Vuitton Handbag Purchase

I did it. Not only did I make my first ever Louis Vuitton handbag purchase, but I also finally managed to coerce The Husband into taking some outfit shots for me - on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far in Abu Dhabi. It may not look it but I was pulling my, 'I'm glowing and not really sweating my arse off' face. 

Anyway, back to bags.

Some of you may recall that I shared this Instagram post a few weeks ago, in which I renounced my frivolous spending habits in favour of saving for larger, more meaningful purchases. I really wanted a statement, everyday bag so I did what doesn't come naturally to a born shopaholic and I saved up to buy my first ever Louis Vuitton handbag. 

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25 Review & Outfit Shots

I opted for the Speedy Bandouliere, Size 25 in Damier Ebene canvas and here it is in all its glory:

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25 Review & Outfit Shots
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25 Review & Outfit Shots
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25 Review & Outfit Shots
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25 Review & Outfit Shots
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 25 Review & Outfit Shots
Outfit Details: Off Shoulder Shirt - Bershka / Jamie Jeans - Topshop / Prada PR25RS Cinema Sunglasses in Black

Now, the process at which I arrived on which bag to buy was a long and stressful one. It's not every day I'm in a position to spend such a large sum of money on a bag and I wanted to be sure I was making the right decision.

I knew I wanted a bag that could be worn cross body or over the shoulder - which is typically how I like to wear my everyday handbags. I also don't like to carry a lot of stuff - mostly because my back has the stamina of my house plant, 10 days without water and ready to wilt at even the most gentle of breezes. I blame years of hauling my school bag over one shoulder because I'd be damned if I'd been seen carrying my backpack like a normal person. Anyone else guilty of this?

The 25 size is perfect for me. It's by no means a 'mini' bag and actually fits quite a lot inside - my iPhone 6, a purse, keys, a camera, with plenty of room to spare. I briefly considered the 30 size but it was far too big for me to wear cross body comfortably as I have quite a small frame, (I'm 5ft 3) although I seriously adored the original, hand-held Speedy in this size. 

The straps on the Speedy Bandouliere are removable and adjustable, meaning that it does offer a variety of ways in which it can be worn. Although I typically wear this bag crossbody and love the casual vibe it gives off, I have occasionally carried it by hand with the straps removed, (which I never anticipated I would do) and I like how it feels a little more sophisticated. 

When it came to canvas choice, the Damier Ebene, checkered canvas was an easy decision for me as it was this that I always felt myself gravitating towards. I also couldn't trust myself not to 'dirty up' the lighter leather straps of the Monogram style and the cream/grey Damier Azur canvas, and I really wanted a bag that I didn't feel the need to be, precious with. It's also a pattern and style that works well with my wardrobe. I don't struggle to style it and find that it makes even the most casual of outfits look that little bit more, 'put together.' 

As much as I am really enjoying this bag, there are a couple of bugbears I have with it. 

Firstly, the structure. When I carry this bag crossbody, I like the slouchy look it adopts as it sits against the body but when I carry this bag hand-held, I find myself wishing it was more structured. I have considered buying a bag-shaper to place inside so that the Speedy holds its shape when carried this way. What do you think? 

Also, every now and again, the hardware on the shoulder strap squeaks, which is annoying. I'm hoping that this is something that eases off over time. 

Niggles aside, I'm really pleased with my purchase and over the last few weeks I have been getting a serious amount of wear from my new bag. I never had myself down as a Louis Vuitton girl, I know the brand and style can be quite divisive; however I can see myself really getting my money's worth out of this piece. 

What are your thoughts on Louis Vuitton? Do you have an everyday bag that has been a great investment or is there a bag out there that you currently have your eye on? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. 


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