Shopping for a New Handbag

If you are like me, shopping for a new handbag is not an easy task.  I am not one to change out handbags with every change of clothing so it needs to be a color to work with everything.  Then there is always the practical side:  where is the pocket for the phone?  Can I hear it ring if the purse is closed?  Is it large enough for my i-Pad?  Can I find my pen, lipstick – you fill in the blank – easily?


Most purses are truly investments so it is not that easy to jump to a decision and risk having a purse you don’t really love.  A recent article called it HDP or “Handbag Decision Paralysis”.   I have found a nice selection of bags from Michael Kors without four digits to the left of the decimal point.   Let me further complicate your decision process.   We have different personal styles, so that should be considered when buying a handbag.

I couldn’t be happier that designers are moving away from the huge oversized bags to more appropriate sizes.  I know that it is convenient to be able to throw everything from running shoes to baby bottles into your handbag but unless you could be in the Raven’s defensive line, the scale is overwhelming for most ladies.

When buying a handbag, do you consider the shape of the bag and how it relates to your style?  This will take your belabored decision to a whole new level.  What is your style?

Do you relate to Diane Sawyer?  She has a traditional image.  She needs sleek, uncomplicated lines, nothing extreme.  The off white bag is classic, not too large and not too small.  The neutral color would probably be appealing to a traditional type.

If you are creative, you might like the yellow bag with the riveting.  It is a little quirky and will definitely make a statement.   Think about Diane Keaton and you have creative.  Johnny Depp is the personification of a male creative.  He always looks like himself but he does not follow tradition.

Maybe your style is dramatic.  Angelica Houston  is a great example.  She has strength and angles that make a statement.  Nothing delicate or dainty about this look.  The brown bag is a great choice for a dramatic.  It makes a statement in its simplicity and strength.

Maybe your style is sporty.  Think Jennifer Aniston – the wholesome, all American girl look.   You want something with a casual feel, not strong, structured lines.  The soft structure of this tote is excellent.  Anything with textured leather, buckles or an equestrian look would convey sporty.

And let’s not forget the sexy, alluring or very feminine style.  Scarlett Johansson comes to mind.  Something a little smaller scale, more feminine, softer and no hard edges.  This quilted hot pink handbag would make a good choice.  Sorry, i-Pad,  it doesn’t look there is room for you.



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