Show Your Style with a Designer Handbag

By Scott Nichols

It's no myth that women are always trying to put their best fashion foot forward. From their clothes to their hair to the accessories they choose, women are always under pressure to look their best, right down to the handbag. Gone are the days when women carry the clunky, unattractive bags of the past -- the one's our mothers carried. Women today choose their handbags with as much care as they choose their shoes and other accessories. Women are looking for quality, functionality and value for their handbag dollar.

With the high demand for quality fashionable handbags, women have defined the market. Since a handbag is a required part of a woman's outfit, she needs her handbag to offer not merely function but looks as well. Women often have a loyalty to a certain brand. Many women will only purchase a handbag made by Coach or Gucci because they have found that certain companies blend style and function in a way that matches their own personal style.

Fendi, Dior and Prada make other quality designer handbags. These designers are popular in the designer handbag market. Even used versions of designer handbags carry a high price in online auctions. However, purchasing a gently used designer handbag is a great way to get a quality designer product at a lower price. Although used designer handbags will often still run a few hundred dollars, the price is a significant savings over their new counterparts.

Many women consider their handbag to be a reflection of their taste. Therefore, many will go to great lengths to find just the right one. When searching for a designer handbag, many women consider the hunt for a great bargain part of the fun.

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Fashion on a Budget - Designer Handbags, Clothing and Shoes

By Woody Lee

There has been a lot of talk about the economy lately and the forecast isn't looking too good which means it's time to start looking at ways to tighten the budget and cut back on the things you don't absolutely need. Though the thought about going without might seem grim at first, there is a silver lining when it comes to shopping. Just because you have less to spend on fashion doesn't mean you have to stop trying completely, following is a list of tips that help the budget fashionista in all of us keep looking fabulous.

Clothing

I thought starting off with the most obvious wardrobe item was a good way to kick off the list especially since a lot of us have already started thinking of spring wear, plus shopping for clothing on a budget is often the easiest. Although no one likes to worry about the economy, one positive result is retailers know that consumers are holding onto their money tighter than before, so they are more willing to hold sales and make higher decreases to entice consumers to spend. Here's a great way to take advantage of dropping prices but still come out with the stuff you want:

1.) Be a savvy sale shopper: I already mentioned how you might notice more sales and promotions from retailers in an effort to boast slow profits, so as a savvy shopper it pays off to know when your favorite store is holding a 'secret sale' (join a mailing list or befriend the sales staff to become a VIP), end-of-season sales (household names like Banana Republic and Macy's hold seasonal sales where items are 40% off), watch for the buy-one-get-one-half off type of coupon sales because you can buy the non-sale item you've been eyeing and get another item half off.

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