Considerations When Shopping for a Handbag

Handbag styles are not only very diversified but they also fall in and out of fashion quite frequently. Although a handbag is not considered one of the main components of your outfit, it can still influence your overall aspect as much as a pair of shoes, blouse or jeans. Choosing the right handbag goes far beyond matching colors with the shoes. There are several things that you should consider, such as shape, size and length of the handbag. Here is how each of these factors can influence the impact a handbag has on your looks.

Unlike clothing, the handbag is an accessory that stands out from your body figure. This is why the shape of the handbag can have such a powerful visual impact. When shopping for one, try to get the exact opposite of what your body type is. If you are short try to get a taller handbag that will enhance your vertical look. Not only will the vertical handbag make you look taller but it will also help you look slimmer, since it directs the viewer’s eyes on the vertical rather than on the horizontal. On the other hand, if you are tall and thin, you might want to get a rounder handbag.

There are several handbag types that you can choose from. Hobo bags are popular shoulder bags that offer a nice round shape and a lot of interior room. Satchels are large handled bags that offer a lot of room but are less elegant. On the opposite side you will find the clutch bag, which is very small and fancy, mostly used for evening wear and other special occasions.

The duffle bag takes us back to the larger sized category, while the field bag is sportier and is a flap top shoulder bag. Hermes style bags are structured in shape and they have select closures that are intentionally visible. Tote handbags are highly popular. They have handles or straps, depending on the model, and are open top bags. Messenger style bags are mostly shoulder bags and are usually worn across the body. Among other popular handbag styles, you will find the cigar box, which is a hard cover bag and the pouch, which is a small and soft covered bag.

The other thing to consider is the size of the handbag. If you are small and thin, try not to carry around huge bags that will look disproportionate to your body. On the other hand, if you have a few extra pounds, you might not want to stress that with a bag that is barely visible and seems more like a toy rather than a real handbag. The length of the handles is also important – medium sized handles work best in all cases. In general, long handles and a vertically oriented handbag make you look slimmer.

There is one other final element for you to consider: Will this handbag suit your lifestyle? Do not get an elegant and fragile bag if you are used to carrying a lot of stuff in it and going through subway traffic everyday. Make the choice that will complement your life style in the best way and make the most out of enjoying your shopping experience.
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George Anderson has a good understanding of handbags, especially designer handbags and how important they are to a woman’s presentation

Written by: George Anderson

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