I love to hear a good story about how someone got a cherished handbag that they long for. However, that’s not what I want to know with handbag reviews. When I look at a handbag review, I am looking for specific information that will help me decide if I want to purchase to that handbag. Since I don’t live near designer boutiques, I rely on the reviews to help me so that when I do get an opportunity to go shopping, I know what I’m looking for.
But what information is needed to make an effective review? In my humble opinion, I look for the following things:
Name – Duh! Of course you need to name of the bag and the designer
Price – I know a lot of people don’t talk about prices, but I think it helps me know how much I need to save. It might even tell me that the bag isn’t worth the price and that I should move on to the next better bag. Knowing the price, I save time by not having to scour the internet looking for the price.
Dimensions – This is so important to me. It’s like knowing a bag’s size and if it will fit you and your lifestyle. A lot of shopping websites get it wrong by not giving you all of the dimensions. How are you supposed to decide if you want the bag if you don’t know it’s size? Dimensions should include the following:
- Strap length and if the strap is adjustable
- Drop length – the distance from the top of the strap to the bottom of the bag. It will tell me if my arm will fit through the strap or if I can wear the bag cross body.
Modeling shots – I want to know how the bag would look on someone and I want to know their height. Bags look different on someone who is 5″1 versus someone who is 5″9
What fits inside the bag – There are 4 basic things I want my bag to hold: keys, wallet, iPhone 6+, and iPad mini. Depending on what I will use the bag for (dinner out with My Mister), I could forego the iPad mini.
Pros and Cons – Every bag has pros and cons. I rely on the experience of the reviewer to inform me of things I should look out for or be pleasantly surprised about.
That’s it. That’s my list. I don’t put too much stock in reviews that just say how much they “love” their bag. I just want facts…and maybe an opinion or two.
Please tell me what you think of my list and if you would add or delete anything.