Choosing the right handbag to accentuate your style is a lot like making the perfect ice cream sundae – nearly impossible. With some many varieties you have to decide on color, shape, size, fabric, print… the list goes on and on. You may as well be asking yourself if you want fruit toppings, nuts, m&ms, hot fudge, maybe a cherry…
So how do you find the handbag for you? Just like with crafting the perfect sundae, it all comes down to taste. Take a look around at your current wardrobe, your home décor, the art and music you’re interested in & allow your personal taste to guide you.
Classic – If you gravitate towards simple, timeless pieces, tailored looks and solid colors you likely have an eye for classic style. You prefer traditional, elegant pieces that withstand the test of time. To accentuate your style, look for handbags that maintain a simple elegance. Quilted fabrics, slender chain straps, animal prints and neutral colors will compliment a classic look. A structured satchel is perfect for daytime while a metallic clutch is the perfect addition to a classic evening look.
Bohemian – If your closet is filled with unique and vintage items, flowing pieces and vibrant prints you’re probably a bohemian fashionista. Your style is a modern take on the hippie look and you’re drawn to rich, warm colors. Rather than dressing boho from head-to-toe, blend your style with classic or casual pieces which allows your bold accessories and staple boho items to pop. When it comes to handbags, look for neutrals and jewel tones. To accentuate your free-spirited nature choose bags that are less structured in nature like a hobo handbag or messenger bag.
Casual – If comfort and ease is your cup of tea, you likely have a casual fashion style. You like to keep things simple and don’t want to be worn down with unnecessary layers and accessories. Your wardrobe is filled with classic pieces, solid colors, and casual wear like jeans and your favorite t-shirt. Keeping in line with your laid back style, look for bags in neutral colors that aren’t overwhelmed with details. A structured messenger bag or satchel will bring an added sharpness to your style. Add dimension to your outfit by choosing a handbag with a textured fabric.
Glamour – If you have an eye for the dramatics and love spicing up your outfit with bold colors and glitter, you can consider yourself a glamour girl. Your style is all about making a statement and standing out in a crowd. Your closet is full of eye-catching pieces so when choosing a handbag, pick one that accentuates those pieces rather than competes with them. Look for bags that come in black or metallic and feature just one or two glamorous details, like a chain link strap or jeweled broach.
Romantic – If you’re drawn towards soft and feminine details like lace or bows, and you have a tendency to stray from bold, dramatic colors you can consider yourself a romantic. Your style has a Victorian flair and you’re likely to find your closet filled with florals and pastels. Tie your look together by piecing a structured handbag with a soft sundress. Stick with neutral colored bags and keep an eye out for subtle prints or fabrics to add more dimension to an outfit.
Bio:Beth Smedinghoff is a writer for HandbagHeaven.com and budding fashionista with an eye for fashion handbags. She’s a bargain hunter who loves uncovering hidden gems in vintage shops and has a weakness for hobo bags.