Believe it or not, the handbag can either pull together an entire outfit or make you end up looking like a fashion Don’t. With a few simple tips on picking handbags, you can use accessories to an advantage.
When choosing a handbag, there are four tips that make shopping for one easier:
The Shape of a handbag should compliment the shape of your body. Handbags look better on a body if they are opposite the size of the woman carrying one. For example, large women should use a medium size bag, or small women can carry a soft shoulder bag in order to keep the handbag from overtaking you and your shape.
The Proportion of the handbag is important because it can help with they way people view the figure. Larger women carrying small bags only look larger, while a large bag on a small woman is just too much. The idea of the handbag as a fashion accessory is to help, not hinder your look.
Where you put the bag on your arm, or Placement, should also be considered, as placement in/on a particular area helps the overall look of the outfit. Women with a wider middle would be better suited with bags that rest under the arm, while shorter women look better with a shorter shoulder strap, because those long ones do nothing but shorten the body even further.
Color is an important choice when choosing a bag, because colors serve as attention getters to detract from flaws we have with our bodies.
Other things that need to be thought about are the size. Considerations such as whether or not it can hold up with the weight of the contents of your current bag, does it fit with your lifestyle, or is it easy to open and close? A great choice in handbags needs to address these questions. Also take into account your wardrobe when shopping for a handbag. In department stores, those handbags may look perfect, but you need to make sure that you can use the purse with anything, whether it’s a bulky sweater or a thin shirt, and that strap needs to fit.
Some women pride themselves with their high fashion handbags, spending the equivalent of a month’s or more on a handbag for the season. If you don’t usually spend much on handbags and want to invest in one, check the quality of the bag, making sure zippers and buckles work and are tightly stitched. To ensure buying something that won’t be out of style in a month, stick with classic looks, or soft leather.
Evening bags also serve as accessories, but be careful to choose a bag that is designed in the same style of the dress. Some common looks for evening bags are the clutch, which is most versatile for any look, the handbag, which is good for portability but not meant for formal affairs or the shoulder bag, which is too casual for formal events, but great for small parties.
Maintaining a handbag is an important step in the upkeep of the bag. Clean leather bags with polish to retain the shine and shape and brush suede bags to keep them looking vibrant. A common rule is to clean your everyday bag at least every six months by a bag repairer. Shoe repair shops sometimes offer this service.
While shopping for a handbag, choose one that best represents your personality while accentuating your body shape. Accessories are meant to add to the overall package, not detract from it!