The choice of the most suitable handbag can make your whole outfit just POP!
Now, let’s just acknowledge that this question is very subjective. Style does not follow any official rule and in fact all the latest modern stylists are just going against all the previous trends. Be unique and let express yourself in an original way that will not make you a follower.
With that said, here are a few things to consider regarding your handbag selection. The most obvious thing is to match. Does wearing the same color per se constitute matching? No! You can wear a color that contrasts in a beautiful way with your handbag. For example, sometimes red and pink (which are traditionally not supposed to be worn together) actually look pretty chic when combined carefully!
So it seems a little passé to simply suggest matching colors. That’s a little over-simplistic, in terms of style advice. It’s a new millennium and a new time, so remember that you can make up your own style.
Your handbag’s material should complement the material of what you are wearing, though. For example, a leather handbag goes great with a leather jacket. A silky, shiny handbag looks stellar with a sparkly or shiny top.
Practical matters should come into play. Notice how easy or difficult a handbag is to open before purchasing. Remember that you’re going to be reaching in there a gazillion times a day, and you don’t want it to be a hassle. That kind of stress can build up and put you into a bad mood without knowing it.
Also make sure that the handbag includes all the pockets and other inserts that you may need. An exterior pocket can really be handy, but it also complicates the look. Decide whether accessibility or style is more important to you, regarding this.
The size of your handbag also is an important consideration. If it’s too small, you may not be able to carry with you all the things you’ll regularly use. However, you don’t need a giant handbag with everything in it but the kitchen sink! After all, a big old handbag can look terrible, and you know that half those things get buried at the bottom and never end up getting used. Remember the stale pack of gum you found recently that you forgot you bought last fall? Yeah.
What kind of handbag you select is up to you. Remember that your handbag is a reflection of your personality and style, but also remember to be the YOU that you WANT to be. No matter WHAT that is, if you OWN it, then you can walk around with your head held high.
Finally, don’t forget not to spend too much. If you want the name brand, get it online for less. If you must splurge make sure not to use a credit card. Pay for it outright. If you can’t afford it now, don’t expect to be able to afford the credit card bill later. Being in debt is a bad, yucky feeling and isn’t worth that one moment of fun.
Also, instead of spending a ton on one handbag, buy a bunch of smaller ones for the same price. This is a better overall value, because it gives you more options and extends the length of use.
Re-sell your old handbags to a consignment shop or on eBay, or give them to charity or second-hand organizations (like thrift stores). Don’t throw them in the trash! You could even have a handbag exchange party with your friends. Bring all your handbags and trade!