Do you have a collection of handbags sitting on a shelf in your closet that you hardly ever use? If the answer is “Yes” then you probably have made previous purchases without giving much thought to what you want in a handbag. A purse or handbag is a practical way to carry everything you need to get you through your busy day. A new handbag that you’ll be using daily should include features that will increase its functionality and lifespan.
Choose the style that says “You.”
You want to choose a style that expresses who you are. It should also fit what you need the purse for – everyday wear, one just for work, a special occasion, a weekend getaway. The style you select for your new handbag should be trending. After all, that is the whole point of a fashion accessory. You want something that’s “now” and will be noticed. But pick a handbag you really like no matter what the current trend – you won’t tire of it so quickly and use it more often.
Some styles say “cost effective” rather than “expensive” regardless of the price. Hidden zippers, magnetic closures and decorative metal clasps give a handbag a more sophisticated look.
Consider the material.
What do you want the purse to be made of? When selecting a bag, whether it’s for formal, casual or everyday wear, consider the texture of the bag’s material. The look and feel of a patterned fabric handbag has a totally different vibe from a genuine all-leather purse.
Consider the size and color.
There are so many types, styles, and brands to choose from! It might seem impossible to make a final choice. You can automatically narrow down the options by focusing on the size and color.
When selecting the right size for your new handbag, consider what you will be using the handbag for. If you’ll be using it every day or taking it to work during the week it will need to be larger than a wristlet intended to be worn with an outfit at a wedding reception or a New Year’s party.
Color plays an important role in handbag selection. Seasonal colors and bright shades trend faster than pastels that aren’t season-specific. Neutrals can survive many fashion cycles and are excellent choices for multipurpose totes and bucket bags.
Don’t forget the straps.
If the handbag you’re considering has straps, make sure that they pass the functional test. For most purses and totes you’ll be wearing every day, shoulder straps should be long enough to allow the bag to hang comfortably. Straps attached to backpacks and totes are more useful if they’re adjustable. Crossbody purses with straps that are strong and flexible will increase the bag’s durability.
Select a handbag with features that fit your needs.
Purses, handbags, totes and bucket bags typically have a number of features that make them practical. Select a handbag with features that fit your needs. Inside pockets for electronics or an outside pocket for a keycard will make your life easier.