The holidays are here and some of us will be purchasing a beautiful purse for that someone special on our list! So before you go out and spend tons a money on brand name purses you first must know the basics. A women’s handbag is our most trusted accessory it completes an outfit, but also carries our everyday life essentials. We trust it with everything probably; too much that’s why we have to be selective when choosing the right handbag. Here are four tips that will help you find that right style for that someone this Christmas!!
How does it look?
Just because you see this gorgeous purse hanging up or on a shelf doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you! “Try it on” like you would a dress at a full-length mirror, looking at every angle. Look at bags that work with your size, not against it. A woman with a fuller bust should look into a bag that hits at or below the waist, which is more flattering. If you have wide hips then you should look for a short shoulder bag (Lush Life Hobo bag from Nine West) http://www.ninewest.com that sits under the arm. My aunt who is petite looks great with a shorter shoulder strap on a bag, if it’s too long it will drag her down. Colors also play a big part in purchasing a purse, for example you want a purse that blends nicely with your core colors from your wardrobe. It should also be stylish enough to take anywhere with confidence. Each season pantone comes out with colors that are trending, so be careful when buying that one color because you might only use it one time or not liking it again.
How does it feel?
Does it sit nicely under your arm or on your shoulder? Is it light enough? Test it out by putting some of your stuff in it to make sure it isn’t too heavy. You also want to keep in mind the weight of the purse. Sometimes details and hardware can make for heavy lifting after a while. A handheld bag, (cove street provence from Kate Spade) http://www.katespade.com or worn across the body or a backpack is the best option for heavy-duty carring. You might also want to look at the strap too because they come in different textures, fabric and width that can determine how it feels and fits on your shoulder.
Will it keep me organized?
There are two ways to organize your bag: interior and exterior pockets (Liz Claiborne Maritime bag from JC Penny) http://www.jcpenney.com/ or one with zippered pouches (Mason from Sole Society) http://www.solesociety.com/ to keep items separate. With a medium-size or large day bag you definitely want at least one or two pockets for everything, or you’ll waist time digging around for your keys or cells phone. Also be sure the bag is secure enough, with a zipper, button, embedded magnet, or flap for closure.
Is it worth all that money?
The quality is in the details, so make sure that the seams are straight and the stitching is even. You need to check zippers and other closures and make sure they work without a struggle. Also take a look at the edges as they should be finished and the lining should be soft, but sturdy. I would also suggest that you do some research on certain brands. Some brands and styles are meant for different occasions, activities or events. For example, embellishments like sequins, stones and crystals are seen more on evening style purses or clutches (Sondra Roberts Crystal Embellished Velvet Box clutch from Nordstrom), http://shop.nordstrom.com/. There are also purses that are a structured for everyday use. For example, nylon is versatile (Tory Burch Ella Beaded Logo Nylon Mini Tote), http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/womens-handbags/nylon it’s a weather-repellant fabric and then there is a leather handbag. A leather purse is a durable, breathable material and lasts a long time. Causal bags like totes or canvas bags are sometimes used based on your activities that day. Totes are great for carring paperwork, a laptop or a just a fun day at the beach.
A purse is an important accessory that we just can’t take for granted or rush into a purchase. I suggest you try it on, ask yourself, “will it go with my wardrobe”? and does it fit my body shape? So take the time to choose your bag well!! Next time you’re in the market for a new purse and need help…. bring along the style expert from Fashionality and I’ll make sure we find the PERFECT bag!!!