How to Pick a Handbag.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There are about a million different purses/handbags out there for lovely ladies like us to choose from. Choosing a new bag can be a daunting task, especially if you tend to hold on to your bags for a while. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, here are some pointers for how to decide on what to buy.

I personally have not had any random windfalls of cash, so I went to the bargain section. However, if you're better off than a broke college student, explore some different brands. Keep in mind that many believe that “brand” bags have gone down in quality in order to lower prices and appeal to the mass market. Other “brand” handbags are as great as ever, with steep price tags to match. Don't get suckered into thinking that “brand” handbags are innately better—if they won’t match any of your outfits and make you broke, what’s the point?

The material will affect the price of the bag, with more luxury materials demanding higher prices. This is another personal preference situation, as some people will not want bags made from animal products. Make sure you get something that is waterproof, unless the bag is for an evening dress. After all, you don't want your new purchase to get ruined by an unexpected shower.

If you're looking for an everyday handbag, look for something just big enough to hold your wallet, keys, phone and lipstick… or whatever else you need. Size is generally the biggest determining factor in choosing a handbag. Remember that if you go too big, you may find yourself cramming your entire house into your bag. I’m guilty of this (I think most women have been at some point), but getting sore from carrying your bag is a good indication that it’s too heavy. A slightly smaller bag might be appropriate if you overstuff—that way, you will be forced to clean out your handbag once in a while.

Do you want something you have to carry in your hand everyday? Or is over-the-shoulder easier for you? Does the bag match your outfits? If you tend to wear retro clothing, why not go for a retro bag? Choose a bag that fits into your lifestyle, rather than you having to work around your new handbag. No matter how much you may love a bag in the store, if you can’t justify wearing it, it’s not worth the price. After all, handbags are meant to be used and loved, not left somewhere in your closet.

Natalie is primarily a fashion and lifestyle blogger, but she likes fashion too! You can check her blog out at

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