Tell me I’m not a purse girl and you will immediately be proven wrong. I love purses so much I’ve had them since I was at least three years old. I have baby pictures of me showing off my bags, early memories of stuffing my purses with anything and every object in sight, and a vivid image of the hooks on the wall behind my bedroom door being tested for strength by the dozens of handbags hanging from them. To this day, I still love my purses and I keep my growing collection close by in my room. However, I’m not completely selfish when it comes to my totes, clutches, and hobos. In the sixth grade, I remember spreading the gift of purses by encouraging several of my friends to indulge in them. By the end of the school year, they were regularly carrying a purse around and had an expanding collection of their own. I guess you could say I was giving fashion advice before I even knew it.
Now, it’s been about 17 years since my love affair with bags began and, although my fashion addiction has spread to shoes, clothes, and other accessories, purses still hold a special place in my heart, earning them the spot as staple item of August. Trust me when I say that a bag can make or break an outfit. If the color is off, you look chaotic. If the size is wrong, you look sloppy. If the shape is unfitting, you look shameful. Try using a beach bag at a cocktail party. It just doesn’t work. This is why I suggest you stock up on a variety of bags, so you don’t end up looking desperate to hold an outfit together. I, personally, have enough handbags to go around, but that’s a problem I haven’t addressed in my life yet. For right now, I’m just grateful to have one for every occasion!
If you’re new to the world of fashionable purses, you may want to get at least four different bags… your everyday purse, your schoolbag, your party clutch, and that special one. Your everyday purse is the easiest one to go for. It’s comfortable to carry, fairly neutral, and fashionable, but not too eye-catching. You want this kind of purse to be able to go with jeans and a t-shirt, as well as, your sundress. The kind you can throw everything into and be on your way in five minutes. Lately, I’ve been fond of crossbody purses and big leather hobos. They’re perfect for almost any kind of day. Second is your schoolbag, which can also be known as your work purse. This is sort of like your everyday purse, but this one has to be large and a little bolder. Say goodbye to the Jansport backpack and at least trade it in for a black leather backpack or crossbody. Something that says, yes, I have my laptops and books, but I’m not sacrificing my outfit for them either. Next comes your party clutch. If you’re only getting one, try to keep this neutral, too. Black and metallics are usually a good place to start. You want this bag to be usable for nightlife and more elegant special occasions, but it also needs to be practical enough to fit your phone, wallet, and chapstick (well, for me, at least), so keep that in mind, as well. Lastly, you can move on to your special purse. The one that makes the boldest statement and just screams your personal style. You can get a bag with a funky print or even a bright color. It can be uniquely shaped or anything you want it to be. One of my most recent “special ones” is a neon yellow purse and I love it oh so dearly.
Besides the way they look, the most important thing to remember when stocking up on purses is practicality. It’s meant to carry your things, so don’t by a purse that only fits a pen. It also needs to be easy to carry. You don’t want to lug a hassle around, so make sure it’s comfortable to wear. As your collection grows, keep in mind that variety is your friend, not your kryptonite. Don’t buy five red purses or only black bags. You’ll only be limiting what options you have and the money in your pocket. Lastly, you need to embrace your purses. They’re important accessories, too, so they need to make a statement and reflect your style at the same time. Take it from a purse girl… they can take your look to the next level just like that!