Comeback of the Bucket


imgresAfter seasons of handbags the size of suitcases, lady-like clutches, cowboy rivets and fringes and other iterations, the bucket is making a resurgence. Love it or hate it, it’s back.

What is simpler than to grab your bag, toss it over your shoulder and rush out the door? The image of these bags is easy and practical. Now, of course, finding anything in them might be another matter.

From an image standpoint, they present a casual image, which might not be the best look for everyone. The more soft and slouchy the bag, the more casual the look. That said, the Louis Vuitton pictured has structure with a classic appearance.  If your style is classic, this could be a great choice for you.

The red bag has soft pleats closing the top giving a softer look, yet tailored. It could work for a romantic or elegant style, while the snakeskin bag has a dramatic, earthiness to it. The brown bag with tassels is a great choice for a more casual, sporty look.images-3

When choosing the right style handbag for you, consider your personal style and the right scale for you. If you are tall and large boned, a larger scale is appropriate. If you are small boned and petite, go for a scale that mirrors your personal scale. Next, consider what will be the best look for your lifestyle.   You may enjoy changing purses each day depending on your activities. If this is you, go for it. I prefer having a basic purse that works the majority of the time to eliminate the frustration of leaving out something important when making the switch.

images-4Another consideration with a bucket bag is organization. Nothing is more irritating than sifting through the bottom of your bag for your lipstick, a pen, your cell phone or reading glasses. Individual bags are often a great solution. Notice the Louis Vuitton accompanying bag. Many bucket bag interiors have some zip pockets to hold specific items.

Then, there is the issue of security. An open top on a bucket bag is an invitation for someone to quickly reach in and help themselves.   I will never forget carrying a bucket bag in Italy with an open top and glancing down to see a hand slipping down inside the bag – and it wasn’t my husband’s! Fortunately, I saw it and reacted so the thief disappeared into the crowd. I had also placed all of the important items inside zip pockets on the interior but the experience still gives me chills.imgres-1

No matter what style you choose, half the fun is in the hunt to find the perfect bag. Happy hunting!

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