Very few women leave the house without a handbag. Being natural planners, we tend to have a running checklist of things we might need during the course of the day. The staples, purse, phone, keys and so on. And then the other essentials: medicine, beauty products, notebook, diary, bottle of water, children’s snacks.
Quite frankly how men cope with just a pocket in their jeans is quite a mystery. A handbag is such an important part of the everyday, choosing a new one can be quite a challenge, especially finding one that suits all your criteria. But here are some general rules that should ease the process.
Choose a neutral colour
This might seem simple, but it comes from experience. Yes that turquoise/yellow/pink bag is beautiful and you are in love with it – but will it go with everything you own? Or will it be destined to live most of its life in a cupboard because it only goes with one outfit you wear once every 18 months.
Stick to muted or plain tones, black, grey, brown and so on. Paler colours are not really recommended unless you want it to look old and dirty pretty quickly.
You don’t have to curb your sense of style, just because you have a plain bag. There are plenty of clip on accessories available these days for handbags to give it a bit of live and creativity. But the important part of this is that they are removable if needed – in Buyviu.com UK you can find all you need to suit your very own style.
It doesn’t all have to be plain. A really vibrant and decorative inside looks great, especially when you get that fabulous flash of colour every time you open it.
Leather really is the best material out there
This is a tough one. Leather is fantastic for bags. It is durable, ages well, is flexible, smells lovely and can cope with the elements. It really is the best option.
However, with sustainable and responsible fashion being top of the list this year for fashion must haves, leather material bags don’t always sit well with this. You have a couple of choices. Look for companies that pride themselves on animal welfare and ethical production.
Or you look to companies who specialise in leather replacement products, for example vegan friendly producers. These specialists work extra hard to make their products have all the benefits of leather, without a single animal harmed along the way, so you can be sure of decent quality.
Opt for something with a little structure
While big squishy tote bags are great, you can almost guarantee you will never find anything in the bag again. Who wants to be stood emptying out their handbag in the rain while desperately trying to locate the car keys? Not many people I know.
Something with structure, and ideally a few specialised compartments, will make all the difference. They also just look smarter and more sophisticated, which makes them a little more versatile because they go equally well with jeans and flats as they do with smart office wear.
Remember what you are using it for
Falling in love with a completely impractical handbag is perfectly normal. But save yourself some aggravation and try to remember that the bag also has a purpose.
If you need to use the bag for work, and need to shove A4 folders in there, along with a laptop, charger, squished banana and a reusable bamboo coffee cup, then a pretty clutch just isn’t going to cut it.
So try and apply a little common sense in that regard. Or just buy two bags, one with your heart, and one with your head.