From Gucci to Coach, from New York's Chinatown to Walmart, we have all frequented the stores to get our handbags; the one for special occasions, the one for daily use, the one to sport the designer label or the one matching that special dress. Although considered a mere accessory, we who use a purse know how important it is to get the right one.
With the market crowded with purses and handbags, it often becomes difficult to pick up the right one. We like the silver handbag in "Devil Wears Prada" or we get bowled over by the weird handbag collection of Phoebe in "Friends"! So many choices, what to do?
Here are some fashion mantras to help you choose the appropriate handbag:
Do not let the handbag dictate your style:
There are a number of mind boggling, beautiful handbags adorning the shelves. But don't buy one just because you like the look of it. Chances are it will either end up in your closet for want of clothes matching the handbag or you will end up spending money on buying clothes that match the handbag.
Your handbag should match your size:
Are you a tall, slim lady taking the runway by storm? Then you can use any handbag except for the small, tiny shoulder bags these may make you look taller or more precisely gigantic.
Are you a small lady? A petite lady should go for small handbags and not the exceptionally large baggy, bulky ones. Again if you go for one it may magnify your small size.
If you are a plus size lady, the right one for you would be a wide bag with medium length shoulder strap. Do go for nice straps; metal or lace, both would look great on you.
Handbags instead of shoulder straps work out fine if you want to draw away attention from your upper part of the body.
Choose color wisely:
Do not get confused by the color and the pattern. They may look great on shelves under special lights but may actually look hideous on the street. Keep the color close to a neutral one that would go with most of your dresses. Keep the patterns trendy. Look for unusual patterns but subtle ones unless of course bright dressing is your style in which case go for big patterns with bright colors.
Keep your stock varied:
Remember, you should have at least three to four handbags. One for the parties, one for work, one for spring and summer fun while one for casual. Choose the bag that suits most of your dresses. By thumb rule try and keep the evening purse small while your work purse should reflect your professional demeanor. The purse that you will be using most frequently should ideally have enough pockets and zips to hold your keys, mobiles, documents, etc.
If you are the busy IT professional and are trying to double up your laptop bag as your handbag as well to office, then remember there are many stylist laptop bags available these days from the pink one to the one with patterns from the usual black one to the Velcro strapped trendy one.
If you work outside of the home then you are no doubt concerned with workplace fashion and the latest trends so that you can look your best at work. Whether you are already working or you're just getting ready to enter the workplace or starting a new job, keeping up with the newest fashion trends is crucial.
Many people keep up with the latest trends in workplace fashions by subscribing to or buying fashion magazines. This can help to keep you informed of the latest in accessories and clothing and many of these magazines can be found for less than five bucks. If you are thinking you may want to subscribe to a certain magazine you may want to visit your local bookstore and flip through that magazine as well as others like it. You will discover that some of these magazines will have areas specializing in workplace fashion but many will not.
Of course the internet is another tool that you can use to help you stay on top of the latest in workplace fashions. As with nearly any other subject there are numerous websites that specialize in fashion, probably more than you can actually find and view. The thing that is great about most online fashion sites is that they are updated frequently so you are able to really stay on top of the trends that are popular and know about them as soon as they are "hot".
With all of the television channels available today you may also be able to keep yourself well informed about workplace fashions by locating some channels on the subject. Since fashion is a very popular topic it should be relatively easy to find shows that specialize in this area. Another thing you may want to do is see if there are any fashion shows coming up in your area that will be featuring workplace fashion.
Shopping is another way to stay on top of the latest styles as well since most shops will be well stocked in the latest fashions. Online fashion retailers will usually have the hottest and most popular styles of clothing and accessories right on their front page. It is relatively easy to find the workplace fashion information you are looking for my specializing your search parameters to focus on that specific topic only. This will keep you from being distracted and getting off track looking at general trends that won't help you in the workplace.
So when you stop and think about it a little, there is a large variety of choices you have when seeking to become more familiar with fashion trends in the workplace. Just remember that you also have to consider whether it works for you as well, just because it looks great on that size 3 model doesn't mean that you will be able to achieve the same effect and sometimes a particular style may not really be appropriate for your workplace.
If it seems to you like watches have always been in existence you aren't alone, there is surely nobody living today who remembers a time when there were no watches. Since the invention of the time keeping device there have many different styles and many new innovations. There are mechanical watches, quartz watches and the new kinetic types and more. These days companies generally are not working on new methods to show the time and any new innovations in the watch are usually to do with style. New releases that come out are essentially just a rehash of an old type. Sometimes, it is hard to comprehend that it wasn't really that long ago that this type of watch was actually invented.
The quartz watch is a type of watch that first came into the public interest in the early seventies. Quartz crystals are used to power it and it is still one of the most popular of all watches. Over the years it has improved a great deal and has many features including stopwatches and timers.
The first wristwatches were the analogue type, a type of watch that has individual hour, minute and second hands. These days most analogue watches wind back up automatically, though at one time they had to be wound back daily by the owner.
There are numerous other specialist watches used by the army and divers. These are watches that have been brought to the marketplace after being used by these groups, such as the Navy SEALS that first used the Luminox watches. These watches were perfect for the SEALS because it allowed them to check the time and many other functions under water. Of course these watches are also waterproof to a great depth.
Another great innovation of watches recently is the number of different features that you can get on them. Even some of the old style analog watches have started offering these newer features. Some of the more expensive watches also have stopwatches and display at the side of the face the month and date.
Watches are really becoming more and more known as a fashion accessory. Watches can be equipped with leather, metal, rubber and plastic straps. You can even go to a watchmaker's shop now and change the strap if you don't like the one it came with. Some sport watches make the stopwatch and timer the biggest feature and often have very flashy stopwatches where even lap times can be counted and sometimes saved.
These days watches just like home phones have been virtually replaced by the cell phone which can do everything a watch can do and more. Watches really need to be repackaged and probably the only way the watch can survive is by going back to the old times and selling self as an nice-looking fashion item..