7 Tips for Choosing the Best Purse ...

I am such a handbag fanatic. I have far more than I'll ever use, and I know I don't need even a fraction of them, but I really can't help it. I will admit it, however, that many of the purses I have are just there because they're pretty. They're not at all practical, and really couldn't be of use for very much anyway. Every time I look at them, I realize how important it is to choose a handbag that's both fashionable and functional, so that it's more than just an accessory. Check out the following tips for choosing the best purse, so you can get the best of both worlds.

1. Your Bag Vs. Your Body

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One tip for choosing the best purse is to pay attention to the shape of your own body. There are varying pieces of advice here, with some experts saying your purse should mimic the shape of your body, and others saying you should avoid that. The best way to go, I think, is to simply be aware of the way your bag complements your body. If you think it looks good, then go for it.

2. The Right Size

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Size is always an important factor. If you carry a lot of things in your bag, then naturally it needs to be larger – but avoid carrying something too large, because then it will look like you're walking around with a beach bag. On the other side of the equation, choosing something too small will make it difficult to carry around all of your essentials.

3. Color Coordination

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Another important tip for choosing the best purse is to be careful in picking a color. You may choose to make your bag coordinate with your wardrobe, i.e., you will make sure it matches the color you most often wear. For most women, that will be black, brown, or navy blue. However, it's also completely acceptable to choose a purse that simply complements your clothing and/or the highlight color you wear most often. For example, I wear a lot of black but carry a hot pink purse, since that's my most common accent color.

4. The Question of Texture

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In addition to being pleasing to the eye, your bag needs to be pleasing to the touch as well. Make sure you pay attention to texture and material. Your bag needs to do well wherever you are. If you're hard on bags, then you'll need something sturdy, probably not something too luxurious. Remember too, though, that there are plenty of sturdy bags that also look beautiful.

5. Shape Essentials

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This tip is similar to #1 up there. A good bag has to have a pleasing silhouette. However, you also have to make sure that it doesn't look badly on you. For example, if you're a fuller figured woman, you might not want to carry a round bag, because it can make you look round. If you're very small boned, then a large bag can throw your whole look off balance.

6. How Much Room

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If you're like me and tend to carry your whole life in your bag, then this is the most important tip for choosing the best purse. A bag's roominess has little to do with its size. What I mean here is that you want to make sure your bag has a lot of storage space. Often it's best not to choose a bag that has no inner pockets or compartments; otherwise you just end up with a lot of clutter.

7. Functionality

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Finally, you have to make sure the bag you ultimately choose is functional. You need to consider all the prior tips and bring them together, so that in terms of size, shape, and texture, you're getting the bag you need. Remember, this doesn't mean that you have to choose something big, bulky, and ugly.

I hope you find these tips for choosing the best purse helpful. I'm also hoping that they help me make a better decision the next time I have to buy a new handbag; I don't want to get taken in by a pretty face all over again! Do you often buy purses that are gorgeous, but not really functional for your needs?

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