What’s Your Purse-sonality?

Handbag Choices That Suit Your Needs

A good leather bag is a statement piece. As a VIP accessory, it’s a reflection of your style that can both embellish and update what you wear. Like good shoes, a good bag is an investment. It’s important to be confident that it will work well across your wardrobe for the office, weekends and even dressier occasions. How you want to carry your purse and what you’ll be carrying in it are also key considerations.

It’s wise to spend time in front of a mirror trying on bags before you invest, even if you prefer doing your shopping online. Get a feel for the weight of the bag you are considering. Assess first hand whether or not it can hold your essentials. Check out the straps and how you look and feel using them. Do you prefer the ladylike look of carrying a short handled purse in the crook of your arm, or the hands- free versatility of a shoulder bag? A bag can be too large or too small for your frame, lack pizzazz or be too busy, or be overly structured or too casual for your liking.
Whether you change your bag daily, or are more inclined to stick with just one favorite, here’s a little insight into some basic looks and their benefits for you.

Satchel. A highly versatile purse with a ladylike vibe, it comes with a shoulder strap as well as handles to carry it. It’s somewhat structured and boxlike, so it can stand up on its own and is large enough to hold quite a bit. It’s great for work and weekends.

Tote. This double handled carryall is ultra-popular right now. It’s a practical multitasker for women with all kinds of lifestyles. You can throw in your wallet, phone and tablet, or your child’s snack and sweater, and still move around hands free. 

Clutch. For those who travel light, it holds just the essentials. Smaller dressy versions are a favorite for evenings out. Look for a clutch with a wristlet to make it easier to hang on to when there are drinks and canapes to consider. Some come with removable straps, making it a more versatile purchase.

Crossbody. With a strap longer than a regular shoulder bag, it works well for those who walk to work, commute via public transportation, or travel. It keeps your belongings close and more secure than some alternatives. Look for dressed up mini versions with room for a door key, lipstick, phone and credit card only, for occasions that call for dancing all night.

Daina Hulet spent ten years as the west coast editor for Glamour magazine covering beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She has also written freelance articles for national publications and created content for corporate fashion and beauty websites.


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