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Choosing the perfect handbag

woman in multi-colored geo maxi dress with blue hand bag and beige sandals

Most women cannot leave the house without the bag that fits all the things they need for day or night. In addition to functional, these accessories can either make or break an outfit. The perfect armpiece should be polished and practical, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Here’s how to find the best women’s handbag for you:

Look for something adaptable

Although it’s fun to dream, most women do not have the privilege to swap out their purse for every occasion. Because of that, be sure to opt for a handbag that is versatile. Black, brown or other neutral colors go with just about every outfit, so do shades of white, cream or even a metallic. These can add some brightness to your getup.

In addition, try not to buy a trendy shade. These bags may work great for a specific season, but classic colors will be longer lasting and wearable for years.

Brown, leather patchwork handbag with circle coin holder, square coin holder and wallet

Don’t stray from color

Sure, neutrals may be a safe bet, but that doesn’t mean colored bags are off limits. In fact, a bold shade of red, cobalt blue or burnt orange can give your outfit that extra pop of color it needs. However, make sure your bag and your outerwear aren’t the same shade. Try to find a bag that isn’t similar to your ladies’ coat. That way, you won’t have to worry about hues clashing when you get dressed.

Colored bags are a great opportunity to spice up a casual look. Pair a red clutch or satchel with a T-shirt and jeans, and you’ll instantly feel more put together – even if you’re just heading to the grocery store.

Yellow satchel with 3 inside pockets, center zip and adjustable, removable carrying strap

Comfort is key

All women are different when it comes to preferred styles. Some like cross body bags while others find the shoulder bag more comfortable. If you like to load your purse up with items, be sure to purchase a bigger bag. Overstuffed handbags look messy, and their straps won’t be able to withstand all the weight. Instead, find a roomy purse to store all your items.

If you’re the kind of gal who likes options, then try a handbag that comes with many different straps so you can switch how to hold it whenever you want.

Brown, double zip, cross-body bag with center zip, 2 outside pockets and 3 inside pockets

Find something proportional

Make sure to get a bag that is relative to your size. If you’re petite, find a purse that doesn’t swallow you when you wear it.  See how the bag looks in the mirror while you’re wearing it to find out if it’s right for you.

woman in red and blue polka dot dress, carrying a solid blue tote and wearing gold, heeled sandals

If you like it, get it

Sometimes it’s best to trust your gut. If you see a bag with your name written all over it, don’t hold back! If it’s something you love, your confidence will shine through, and you’ll always look fashion forward.

woman wearing a vibrant print patterned knee length dress and carrying red purse

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Published on Jan 24 2016

Last Updated on May 24 2021

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