8 Tips for Choosing a Bag to Meet All Your Needs ...

Follow these tips for choosing a bag and you'll be sure to pick the right one for you. Choosing a bag can be more complicated than you think! Perhaps you need one that's big enough to hold everything you need, smart enough for work, and within your budget. Or you see a cute bag that you like but it won't fit your lifestyle. So try these tips for choosing a bag and you'll bag yourself the perfect piece …

1. Purpose

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One of the most important tips for choosing a bag is to consider what you want to use it for. Yes, I know you want it to hold things! But will it have to serve for work, shopping and leisure? A day bag won't work for evening as well, so although you may be tempted by a cute evening bag, it's not much use if you will hardly use it.

2. Fabric

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Another factor to take into consideration is the fabric of the bag. For example, a light tote is fine for groceries as long as they aren't heavy, but will soon fall apart if you use it to carry heavy books. Are you vegan/vegetarian? Then you'll want to check that the bag is not made from leather.

3. Color

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It's lovely to have a variety of bags, but if your budget is limited then you'll need one that you can use with every outfit. Pick a color that matches the majority of your wardrobe. Neutral may seem boring, but you won't have any problems with clashing colors.

4. Security

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If you're going to be carrying valuables in your bag, then security is important. Look for a bag that zips up fully; a flap that closes over the zip is another useful feature. Also, avoid bags that are carried over the shoulder. A strap that you can wear across your body is safer

5. Longevity

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If you're investing a reasonable amount in a bag, then you want to choose one that will last. Price doesn't always mean quality - labels can hide the fact that a bag is not that good. Look at how well the bag is put together. If it has loose stitching then it won't last long.

6. Quality

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If you have the money to spend, then it can be worth investing it in a quality, classic bag. Look for one that isn't too obviously "this season," as those bags are going to date very quickly. You'll also look like a fashion follower. Generally, the simpler styles are the best option.

7. Labels

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You don't need to buy a designer label to get a good quality bag. High street stores use the designer brands as inspiration, so the chances are that you can find a pretty good version of your favourite designer bag. It won't be an exact copy, but will have a similar look.

8. Cheap May Be Best

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Buying cheap can often be a false economy, as the bag won't last long at all. However, don't spend a lot of money on beach bags, or anything that is going to get rough treatment. This is one time when buying something cheap and cheerful makes sense. You can then replace it as necessary.

There are so many points to consider when choosing a bag that you want to get it right. Now you have all the tips you need to buy yourself the perfect bag! Bags are not only practical, but an accessory that can finish off your outfit. There are so many to choose from that, although it may take a while to find the right one, you can be sure of finding what you need. How much would you spend on a bag?

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