A guide to getting the right handbag for your style

When choosing handbags, shoppers can get lost in the maze of options. Colors, functions, and price variances can overwhelm. If you don’t put thought into it, you might end up buying a handbag that’s pricey and doesn’t suit your figure or existing wardrobe.

The fine line that separates the good from the great shoppers is knowledge. Knowledge of yourself, your style, and fashion.

With a little studying, your handbag buying skills will improve so you don’t end up spending money on a bag you never use. So don’t worry, keep reading, we’ve got you covered. Here’s all you need to know about color and proportion to buy a great handbag for you.

Picking a color that’s right for you
Color defines the mood, temperature, and the look of the handbag. Handbags can be bold and eye-catching, or neutral and versatile, depending on which color you choose. As a good rule of thumb, if you’re not buying for a specific outfit, neutrals like black, cream, and shades of brown go with most styles. Shades of white and metallic finishes can be versatile too.

If you are wearing jeans, tee or a dark classic suit – choose a carryall in bright shades to add a splash of color to your outfit. If you’re looking for a handbag with a modern vibe, try one featuring metallic hardware finishes and designs. Consider the tone of the jewelry you wear and complement it with your handbag’s hardware.

Your selection criteria should include where you intend to use the handbag. Whether it’s for social events, corporate work meetings, or creative work gatherings, the style should be different.

Proportion and size
Size matters – especially when it comes to designer handbags. Generally speaking, make sure your handbag complements your body proportions. If you are petite, pick a bag that’s small. The scale of the handbag should change according to your body size. The shape of the handbag can be opposite to that of your body. If are tall and thin, consider a hobo bag, which adds a little slouch and a little softness. If you are short and curvy, choose something that is a little tall and rectangular or long and sleek, like a clutch.

Getting the size and scale right can polish your look and balance out other accessories. The size of the handbag should be in proportion to your figure. Handbags that end around your hip level will accentuate the mid-torso as the eye is drawn to the handbag.

Every woman knows that accessories finish the outfit. So whether it’s a handcrafted bag from a local market, or from Sunset Boulevard, make it work for you. Fit your style and shape and make sure your bag accentuates the positive.