How to Choose a Handbag for Everyday Use

Published: 10th August 2010
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If you use one handbag for most days and only use a special handbag to go with particular outfits, like a party dress, you need a practical handbag that will go with the majority of your outfits. You want your handbag to look like you matched it to whatever outfit you are wearing and to make you look as great as you feel. Your handbag makes a statement about who you are, so you need to choose a bag that matches your personality and your lifestyle.

Your everyday handbag has to match or blend with the majority of your outfits, so it is best to choose a mid-range colour. Avoid the really warm colours like red or the cool colours like ice blue. Choose a neutral colour. While many women think that a black handbag automatically goes with every outfit, you do not have to limit the colour to boring black if you don't want to. Chocolate, purple, and turquoise are all great neutral colours that will blend or match most outfits. As an alternative you could choose a multicoloured handbag with colours from your favourite outfits.

Your handbag needs to match your body size in scale. If you are petit, lugging around an oversized handbag looks odd. A large framed women carrying a small handbag also has a tendancy to look a little odd. Choose a handbag that provides a scale and balance to your body.

Body Shape
Think about your body shape. With most body shapes, mirroring the shape will accentuate it. If you have an apple shaped body and come across as round, an angular rather than rounded handbag will suit you best. If you are pear-shaped, with a larger bottom, do not emphasise this by carrying a pear-shaped handbag that bulges at the bottom and slims at the top in shape.

One of the most important features of your everyday handbag is that it must suit your lifestyle. Think about all the items you would generally carry in your handbag. Your handbag should be able to fit these things without bulging. If you like to read, try fitting a standard paperback book into the handbag. Some handbags are too small in shape or size to fit a book. Your handbag is used nearly every day, so it needs to be able to fit all the things you need. If you tend to want organization, look for a handbag with several pockets or sections. Think about how you will use your handbag.

Choose a handbag that matches your personality. Your handbag makes a statement about who you are and what you like, so there is little point in purchasing a bag you don't like, just because it is practical. Select a handbag that complements your personality. If you prefer the minimalistic style, don't choose a fussy handbag with lots of decoration.

Look at where the handbag sits on your body or how you carry it. Try to place the handbag on the part of your body you most want to accent. If you want to accentuate your lovely long legs, carry your handbag in your hand or have a long shoulder strap. If you want to show off your waist, your bag should sit around waist level. Adjust the straps of your handbag to accentuate your best body feature.

Choosing a handbag for everyday use is not always easy. The everyday handbag has to match different outfits, be practical, and match your personality and body shape.


Annalisa Armitage is a personal stylist. As part of a makeover she helps people do things such as choose an everyday handbag. For more information on Annalisa Armitage, check out her website at Maybe its time you had a makeover?

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