Choosing a handbag might on the surface seem like rather a mundane task which most of us would do without thinking, relying on what feels right, or what we’ve seen somewhere and thought would be good for a particular outfit. However, you should ask yourself two questions: how many times have you bought a bag, only to later realise that it is not practical? Or, how many times have you bought a bag, only to later regret your choice?
Here we take you through a step-by-step approach to choosing the perfect handbag. By following these steps, you should be able to find a handbag which works with lots of outfits and which will help you look and feel your best.
The first thing to bear in mind is the amount of items you will be expecting the bag to accommodate, and still look good. Do you remember the schoolbags you had, the ones that really weren’t designed to have all of those textbooks stuffed inside of them? The ones your mother always said were wrong for school and ended up splitting at the seams? If you do, you know exactly where I’m coming from.
It’s also important to think about what activities you expect to perform when wearing the outfit, or outfits, the bag in question will compliment. If it’s going to be an outfit for shopping with the girls, make sure the handbag isn’t too big or you’ll end up juggling it alongside a sea of equally large shopping bags.
The next point to consider, and this may come as a shock, is your physical shape, strange as it sounds. If you are pear-shaped, don’t choose a bag with straps that would hang below your waste if slung over your shoulder. If you are short and thin, avoid excessively large handbags. Taller women are in the advantageous position when it comes to this criterion of handbag selection, as any style goes.
A handbag is, of course, just one part of an overall outfit you will be wearing. That means its colour and style should compliment the rest of the outfit and not clash. There are plenty of printed handbags on the market, but a plain one may well be a more versatile addition to your wardrobe; neutral coloured handbags and black handbags will usually work well with any outfit, whilst red, yellow or maroon shades are best suited to ethnic style outfits.
A final tip is to think mundane, just for a second or two anyway. Everyday handbags should be as high quality and long lasting as you can afford. Leather ones, in dark colours, will last for years and still look good. Cheaper varieties are usually of a poorer quality and won’t stand the test of time.
Choosing the perfect handbag isn’t as straightforward a decision as you may have thought, but with a little consideration you should be able to find a long-lasting, stylish bag. What are you waiting for? Head out there and find it now!