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.
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