In an ideal world I would have a cupboard full of handbags allowing me to choose a different one for each outfit and occasion. Sadly I do not have large walk in wardrobes and need to be practical. I need to choose a handbag that will suit my lifestyle. It needs to be able to go from day to night and be big enough to hold everything I need. If you are going to splurge on just one bag you need to be sure that it is perfect. There will always be special occasions where you need something a little different but a good bag will last you for ages and suit all your outfits.
How to pick the perfect handbag
1. Colour of the bag
The colour and design of your handbag should be versatile enough to go with more than one outfit. Think about the colour of the clothes you wear most often and pick a bag that will go with those. Choose colours like tan, taupe, cognac or black. These are neutral colours that will go with most outfits.
2. Body shape
A handbag can be used to accentuate your line and improve your body shape. If you are curvy from the waist down choose a small handbag with a short strap. This can be tucked under the arm and draws observers eyes upwards. If you are small and slender a large bag will look good. Ladies with large bosoms should choose a larger bag with a longer strap to help take the eyes lower. If you have an apple shape a small bag with a pattern and a short strap will keep the focus on the top half of the body.
3. How much you need to carry
Think about what you need to carry in your handbag. Do you need lots of room to carry stuff for your child or do you just use your bag instead of pockets to carry your keys, phone and purse. Do you need zipped compartments inside to keep things safe and separate? This will determine how large the bag should be and what it looks like inside.
Will you be taking your handbag to work, out shopping or to casual and smart events. For work and casual events you just need a stylish handbag to suit your outfit. Try shoulder bags, hobo bags or slouch style. Just make sure the colour of the bag goes with the outfit. You can easily find a handbag that will take you from day to night. For more formal parties and cocktail events you may need a special evening bag. Look for beaded styles or envelope clutch bags for a touch of elegance.
I love the detailing and decorative tassel on the outside which make it look unique and individual. It is also the perfect size to hold everything I need in my handbag. I usually carry my purse, phone, keys, diary and a collection of odd receipts. The receipts seem to breed by themselves, put one in and all of sudden you find six at the bottom of your bag. The shoulder strap makes it perfect for carrying around as well. I think it is the perfect bag for the winter and party season and love it. What do you think? I would love to know what you look for when choosing a handbag. Do comment and let me know below.