How to Choose a Handbag for Everyday Use

The bag that you own… might not be the right one for you. No matter if you’re searching for a handmade leather bag, simple pouchy bag or even a stylish handbag for work, it’s something you always have on you and it needs to be practical, pretty, goes well with most of your outfits and you simply just have to love it.

The Right Size of a Handbag

How big does it have to be? Think about this for a second. Think about the stuff that you want to have on you every day and then add a little more space, just in case you need to throw one more thing when the situation demands it. Secondly, pay attention if the size of the bag is proportionate to your body type. If you’re short, it needs to be above your hips, if you’re tall it should end at your waistline. This is important. Because it will be unfashionable if it doesn’t complement your figure. You can opt for some middle-sized bags, but if you know how to match to your body type and height, why not go for the perfect fit.

The Right Shape of a Handbag

The bag shape can influence your overall proportions and appearance. If you nail that perfect shape, it will enhance your look. The general tip here is to go for the handbag shape that’s opposite of your body type. So, if you are very tall and thin, opt for a slouchy, rounded bag. This will add some curves to your body. If you already have plenty of curves to go around and if you’re short, tall and rectangular bags are your friends. The rounder your physique is, the more structured and angular your bag should be. This doesn’t mean you should go for the post-modern box like bags. For example, a petite, curvy body type should look great with a large rectangular clutch bag.

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The Right Style of a Handbag

No need to experiment. If you already have a well-defined style, your bag needs to match that style. Not the other way around. If you love casual, buying a formal handbag won’t go well with your everyday needs. Maybe for a meeting…and that’s it. However, you do need to do your research. There are probably various handbag designs that can work. You might not like the color, but it’s the style and design that might suit you. Try imagining them in different colors, slightly bigger, slightly smaller. Try seeing yourself wearing it. Does it look good? Does it say: me! Remember, you need a handbag for every occasion. Don’t imagine yourself wearing it to elegant high-end dinner parties. Imagine the streets, the bus, the office and the date with the guy you like.

The Right Color of a Handbag

Black goes with everything. It’s a safe choice. You can use it in any season. You can wear black bags to a wedding, dinner party you name it! But what if you’re tired of black and you want to explore other options? You will need to rampage your wardrobe and pinpoint predominant colors. See what other colors go with your palette. If you’re having a problem extrapolating the queen colors, think about handbags in green, metallic, tan and teal. They are as versatile as black ones. Metallic bags are also seasonless. Green is often called a “colored neutral” because it functions as a neutral shade (something like grey). Tan handbags are timeless. The color of the tanned leather is one of the best purchases you will ever make. You need to have one! Or two! And teal – as an accent color, it looks great in combination with a lot of other colors.

The Right Material of a Handbag

This is pretty straight-forward. The material needs to be durable, to last long because, let’s face it, bags are expensive and you won’t be buying them every month. There are so many options you can explore. Bags are made from leather, suede, faux leather & PVC, canvas, coated canvas & fabric, straw & crochet, and nylon. Of course, not all materials are for all occasions.

The Final Word

Don’t forget to be yourself. Confidence never goes out of style. Wear your bag like you mean it.

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