Bag it

October 21, 2016 09:48 AM Republica


A handbag has the power to make or break your outfit. The right kind of bag can create an illusion of adding or removing pounds off your body. Like any dress or accessory, handbags too should be chosen with care and not picked up only because you like how it looks - not every type looks good on everyone. 

Like a dress or a pair of shoes that you take time to choose, you should also think over your choice of handbags because they really can make or break your entire look. Take time at the stores to try on different types of handbags just like you would with any other articles of clothing.

While purchasing a bag, there are many things you need to keep in mind in order to get the most out of your investment. You do not want to spend a huge sum of money on a bag that you will not carry once the trend goes away. 

Choose a high quality bag that is durable and will last long. A bag is something you will carry around to a lot of events and occasions and you will not want to compromise on quality. Unlike a statement jewelry or dress, a handbag can very easily be re-purposed and re-worn. While going for a bag, try to go for neutral shades that will go with most of your ensembles; nude gray or black are safe shades while choosing a handbag.

Try to invest in leather handbags because leather is one material that age well. It’s a good choice for investment since it ends up looking better as the years go by. Who wouldn’t want items that look better the longer we have it? 

A complete no-go while buying a bag is a bag with huge logos and a lot of embellishments. Subtlety is always the way to go while buying a bag; you don’t want these decorations to fall off while you are in public and leave an awkward gaping hole in your bag. Also opt for a bag that has a structure instead of a saggy shapeless one, it tends to last longer than the shapeless ones.

There are however many more things you need to consider while buying a handbag. The size of your handbag should always be in proportion to your figure. As a rule of thumb the rounder your figure, the more structured your bag needs to be. Large rectangular or square handbags in soft leathers or fabrics will compliment your figure nicely. Always keep in mind that not every bag is suited for your body structure. The unwritten rule for buying a bag is to always, without exception, go for a bag that is the opposite of your body type. 

If you are tall and slim choose a slouchy, rounded bag like the hobo to compliment your look. Being tall and slim will allow you to get away with most purse styles. You can carry off oversized bags, shoulder bags, and clutch bags; the only thing to keep in mind is the size of the handbag; small bags should be avoided as they will make you look like a giant. But on the other hand, if your body type is a short and heavier build, go for the opposite in your choice of handbag. Choose a handbag that is tall and rectangular or maybe long and sleek. 

For a petite woman, the most important thing to remember is the size of the bag you are carrying. Small bags work best for you. Carry bags that are small and keep them close to your body. If you have a large hip, you should choose a bag with a short strap, which can be easily tucked under the arm. Look for a shoulder bag or a hobo bag that hangs slightly but ends well above the hips. Remember that any handbag that falls on the hips draws attention to this area!

If you have a larger bust, you may want to draw attention away from your bosom. You may want to wear a shoulder bag with a long strap and which is large in size.

For a curvy woman, a shoulder bag that ends just above the waist is the most flattering style. The only types of bags you need to avoid are ones that are too big or too small in relation to your overall body size.

Plus sized women need to keep away from small bags as they will end up making you look even bigger. You should go for bag sizes that are proportionate to your body size with short to medium length straps.

 

Your overall look is highly influenced by the bag you carry. The right bag will make you look slimmer while the wrong bag can make you look bigger and draw attention to areas you might not want to emphasize. Take your time and be careful not to buy whichever handbag that catches your fancy.

Know your bags

Backpacks
These bags are most commonly used as school bags and are supported by the shoulders with double handles and lies across the back.

Baguette
These bags are an elongated rectangular shape which is horizontally longer and vertically shorter in shape.  

Clutch
A clutch is a small, long and rectangular handbag that doesn’t have a handle. If a clutch looks like a letter, it is called the envelope. 

Frame
It is a rigid, rectangular bag that is shaped like a money purse. 

Hobo
It is a large purse which is carried on the shoulders that only has one main compartment which has a zipper. Its strap is very short. 

Messenger
These bags are also called cross body bags since it is a bag with a long strap to be worn across the body.

Minaudiere
A small clutch purse that has a hard case and is often covered in crystals or beads.

Wristlet
A wristlet is a small clutch purse that has an attached strap to make it easier to carry around. 


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