Your Handbag does not have to be a Louis Vuitton to be Flattering

Sheila Dicks

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Do you love handbags, buy the latest trends and have lots of them in different sizes, colors and patterns or are they simply an essential item? Maybe you like handbags but don’t have the time or money to keep your closet stocked. Handbags are a great accessory and can spice up an outfit and also reflect your personality. Whether you change your handbag with every outfit or carry one for months I have a few suggestions that may make a difference in what you choose.

Invest in Quality

Before you buy make sure that your bag is well made. Check the stitching to make sure it is secure. Make sure the zipper works properly and in the case of cotton bag, that the zipper doesn’t get caught in the material. A good quality, classic purse will last for many seasons.

Is Your Bag the Right Size?

Your bag should be in proportion to your body. If you are a small, petite woman do not carry a huge bag because it will overwhelm you. Large, tall women should stick to larger bags. The key is keeping your bag in proportion to your to your size.

The Occasion

If you can find a bag that will take you from the beach to school, to an evening out that’s great but not likely. Different occasions require different bags. A straw bag is great for the beach, a knapsack style bag is great for school, and a clutch is great for an evening out. However, neither can be used for many other occasions. A black leather purse can be most versatile and can be used for many occasions. However, a black leather purse will probably not be enough you may still need a straw bag, knapsack or clutch depending on your lifestyle.

Your Bag Should Complement Your Outfit

If you dress in one color, spice it up by choosing a handbag that matches the accessories you’re wearing. If you’re wearing patterns or prints carry a handbag that is a solid color (choose one of the colors in the pattern). This is a season when there are lots of bags to choose from in different styles, colors and patterns. Handbags can be a great accessory, so, before you buy, keep in mind how often you will want to use it, where will it fit in and what it will match.

Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who helps women learn how to dress to suit their body type and look fabulous. You can reach her at to download her ebook, “Image Makeover" and get “How to Build a Wardrobe" ebook free.


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