The handbag is an essential item for most women, helping carry around the day and night’s necessitates. Yet despite its importance in functionality, the handbag is also one of the most essential – and stylistically telling – pieces in fashion. Thus, it’s important to consider various features when choosing a handbag, to ensure you get the most out of both its functionality and style.
Many women own at least one or two “staple” handbags, which they use everyday and pair with most outfits. What’s more, most of these handbags end up being neutral in colour – for example, browns, nudes, or plain black. However, choosing a handbag to mesh with most “looks” doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Opt for a unique style, while sticking with a neutral colour, and you’ll still be able to spice up any outfit. Alternatively, kick it up a notch by choosing a handbag with metallic or subtle print detailing.
However, no one ever said your “staple” handbag can’t be colourful. If you’re not afraid to stand out, opt for bright hues like red, yellow, or green. And don’t always worry about your handbag matching with every outfit. A lot of bright coloured handbags – especially those that are solid coloured – will compliment many different outfits. Just remember not to let your handbag-outfit combination get too busy with prints and bright colours.
When it comes to specific “looks”, certain styles of handbags are definitely more appropriate. For instance, if you normally dress up for the office, odds are you’ll want a handbag to match. Opt for a structured bag with two top handles for a chic, ladylike look. On the other hand, if you’re trying to achieve a more casual look, pick up a messenger bag (which you can find in everything from canvas to leather). Worn across the body, these bags leave your arms free; but they’re certainly more stylish than backpacks. Looking for something hip? Sling a slouchy “hobo” style bag over your shoulder. And if your style is a bit edgier, pick up a clutch bag adorned with metal hardware or studs.
Size is another important feature when it comes to choosing a handbag. Ever see anyone walking around with an overstuffed purse? It’s not a pretty sight – and it’s one purse pitfall that should be avoided at all costs. Sure, we all have days when we carry around more than usual. But if you typically tote a ton around, you’re better off sizing up on your handbag.
That being said, however, you should also consider your own size when choosing a handbag. If you’re petite, don’t carry around a massive bag that overpowers your frame. Instead, opt for something relative to your size. If you tend to carry around a lot in your purse, size up (at most) to a medium bag. On the other hand, if you’re tall or broad, a tiny bag will seem too small. Try one that’s on the larger side for a look that’s better suited to your frame.
Last but not least, learn to let go when it’s time for a new handbag. Many women tend to get attached to their handbags – which is not surprising, considering it accompanies them everywhere. But when holes, worn leather, tears, or frayed stitching start to show, it’s time to move on to a new bag. Keeping these few tips in mind when shopping for handbags will ensure you get one that suits not only your functional needs, but also your unique style.