Choosing The Right Handbag

by Anna P. | October 12th, 2010 | Fashion, Women's Fashion

The hallmark item of every woman’s wardrobe is the handbag. No matter what she wears, it’s often the handbag that will make or break her entire look.  Even the most simple look of a classic tee shirt and jeans can be instantly transformed by the right  handbag. The right handbag varies woman to woman, but there are a few things that we all can agree.  A fashionista wants a quality handbag that can outlast years of wear and tear. She also wants a handbag that is a classic and looks terrific with just about everything she owns. Last, but not least, she also wants a handbag that is rather affordable.  While she is willing to spend a little over her budget for the “wow” handbag,  she is looking more at the value than at the name. How do you find the right bag for you? Read these top tips to make your shopping easier and fruitful.

1- Figure Out What You Need The Bag For

Okay, this question seems a little pointless, but it’s not. Is this a handbag for work, weekend, or evening events? Obviously one handbag can’t do it all because you can’t bring a small glittery purse to carry all your office essentials to work. If you’re searching for the perfect work bag, consider size, color, and construction. Ideally you need a large genuine leather tote in a classic color. Figure out what you need, want, and expect. Search from there.

2- Aim For A Medium Priced Designer Bag

If quality is what you’re looking for, consider a designer bag in a medium priced range. A few great brand in this price range include Dooney & Bourke, Coach, and Kate Spade.

3- When Shopping Check For Signs Of Quality

Every handbag should have the following: a zip top or fold-over closure, roomy interior or lots of pocket space, and double shoulder straps. Every evening bag or clutch should feature a secure closure and wrist strap for added convenience.

4- If You Don’t Love It, Don’t Buy It

If you see a bag that meets all your criteria but you’re not 100% sure about it–leave it.

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