Handbags, of course, carry your essentials, but they also serve another purpose. Handbags are the easiest way to incorporate the latest trends into your wardrobe, look put-together and show off your personality.
How about the size and the shape?
Knowing the right size of a handbag for your body type should be the first thing to consider. No matter how stylish and elegant a handbag that you carry, it will be unfashionable if it doesn't set off with your figure. If you're short and petite, it's best to choose small handbags, if you're tall and slim, you should choose large, bulky or over-size handbags.
Make sure that your choice of handbag shape is the opposite of your body type. So if you're slim and tall, you should choose rounded bag to best match your look. However, if you have a shorter figure; tall and rectangular bag is suitable for you.
The length of a handbag – where the bottom hits the body – emphasizes that area of your body. Most women look good wearing handbags that hang to the mid-torso. Short handbags make busts appear larger, so choose styles with longer straps to avert attention. Please check our 'dressing for your body type' guides for each body silhouette to find out which handbag style fits you the best.
How to match them with your clothes or shoes?
Matching up the color of handbag to your outfit and shoes is an ideal way to have a fashionable style. You can choose to match your handbag with your dominant colours of your outfit or you can always go with the neutral colours to harmonize it with any color of your outfit. On the other hand, matching your shoes and handbag perfectly to each other is an old concept. You can find creative ways to make bags and shoes feel cohesive in an overall ensemble without following any hard-and-fast rules. You can always use statement pieces in seasonal colors to add extra pop to your outfit.
Handbag styles are differentiate according to very occasion, place and season. Smaller bags are great for parties and travel days, while larger bags and tote bags are handy for work and errands. A bucket bag shape is great for holding things when you don't need to be organized, while a cross-body bag is handy when you need to have your hands free. For dressy events, weddings and parties, a small clutch is all you need. Tote, Shoppers or Satchel are usually the center piece bag of most women's lives, especially for those living in the city and need to carry a little extra with them. Traditionally the clutch bags are a subset of the evening bag, however they have become increasingly popular to use with casual outfits. The evening bag may be combined with a very thin or delicate strap to worn lightly over the shoulder.
Types of Handbags
Wallet or clutch that has a loop-shaped wristlet strap designed to be worn around your wrist. Can be used for evening or casual occasions depends on the style.
Hard case, metallic finished small bag with oblong shape and may have compartments inside. Some of them have embellishments such as beads and crystals. Its an evening bag, small enough to be held in hand.
Type of clutch that has a triangular flap top which resembles an envelope. Mainly used for evening occasions.
Small, mostly rectangular bag without a handle, designed to be held in hand. They have lots of variety in colours, styles and embellishments. Its intended to be used as evening bag but larger sizes are available for daily use.
A type of belt bag but with no definition between the belt and the bag is called a fanny pack. These type of bags are popular for their hands-free nature, since there is no strap to be held. That’s why fanny packs are often used by travelers or while trekking or hiking.
A small bag usually closed with a drawstring and used especially for carrying loose items in one's pocket.
It's petite and rectangular bag with a crossbody strap, top zipper and side gussets that maintain a consistent width from top to bottom. Because of its lightweight structure and zippered closure, it always holds more than you'd expect. The crossbody strap keeps everything easy and hands-free which makes it the most useful of the widely available bag styles.
Rigid, vintage style bag with a metal part supports the textile or leather part, it closes with kissing lock which is two interlocking metal beads set on the top of the frame. Mainly used for evening occasions.
The top of the bag folds over onto itself like a flap, it can be expanded at will with long straps. Can be worn with casual or sporty outfits.
Has extra long strap looping it over one shoulder and diagonally cross the body. They are very practical for casual daily use and have different variations of colours, materials and styles.
Has folding flap closure placed on the front of the bag. Its classic, timeless and practical for daily use have different variations of colours, materials and styles.
Classic, small, narrow, rectangular shape handbag with short strap which resembles a French bread. You can pair with smart casual and smart casual outfits with eclectic style.
Medium size, rounded bottom, top flap, horse shoe shaped, equestrian style leather bag with shoulder strap, originally used as a pouch that would hang from either side of a saddle on a horse. Can be worn with casual outfits with every day use.
Originally use for carrying books, flat bottom and the back extends to form a flap folds over to cover the top and fastens in the front. Has additional long straps to diagonally cross the body with the bag hanging on the opposite hip. It is evolved with double straps and top closure.
Medium-sized bag that features a firm bottom and stiffer sides allowing it to stand upright. It's trapezoidal shape is somewhat unique and provides straight lines to provide for both business and casual wear.
Flat bottomed, leather handbag with rounded sides, slightly elongated, featured a split handle which could be opened from the top, resembles medical bag. Can be worn with formal and semi formal outfits.
Characterized by a box shape with or without a handle on the top, is a versatile piece that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag or clutch. It's classic, elegant and comes in variety of colours, prints and textures. Can be worn with formal and evening outfits.
Smaller size of original bags, can be used for statement bags, they have different colours and prints, can be paired with casual or dressy outfits.
Originated from bikers and couriers, large and horizontal cross-body bag with a long adjustable shoulder strap and flap cover, made of water proof canvas or leather. Can be worn with casual and sporty outfits.
A handbag or purse with at least one strap attached to it that is long enough to fit over the shoulder. The straps generally are securely reinforced on the bag. The strap is intended to be looped over the shoulder so that the shoulder sustains the bag and the user can carry it hands-free.
Characterized by two flared guests t either side of the bag and flap style front closure. Can be worn with both formal and casual outfits.
Features leather or suede that dangles off of the bag and sways with your every movement. A fun and playful bag, captures the bohemian spirit of the 70s era even today. Can be worn with casual outfits.
Have Originally designed for carrying drinking water, have circular shape and long strap to cross over the body. They create sophisticated and bohemian appearance and used for daily life with casual and smart casual outfits.
Shaped like a bucket with flat oval bottom and open top with a drawstring closure, have shoulder strap or handle, variety of colours and sizes. They are roomy, functional and practical for business and casual use, especially with a Bohemian look.
Large, unstructured, slouchy style bags with a main compartment closure, made of soft and flexible material, long, flat strap and scooped center designed to wear over the shoulder. Can be worn with daily casual outfits.
Cross-body handbag with flap closure, often made from quilted fabric or a decorative topstitched pattern and chain strap. It was popularized in the 1950s by Coco Chanel.
Has top-stitched pattern similar to a quilt. They are iconic, chic, timeless and practical, can be used both formal and casual outfits.
Large, spacious , usually unfastened leather bag has open or zippered top compartment with double handles. Its a practical, classic everyday bag that can be worn with any style of outfits.
Rectangular, light weight, foldable bag without any fastening, made of canvas, jute, heavy nylon or synthetics. Used for shopping and daily casual occasions.
Large bags with padding and used to carry laptops, have other compartments to keep laptop accessories, books or other things, with a separate padded compartment just for the laptop.
Kelly bag / Top handle bag
Trapezoidal or square shaped handbag with a handle and a detachable strap, allowing for the bag to be carried by hand or on the shoulder, often has a metal clasp or embellishment in the front, mostly used for formal attire.
Small, stylish and chic backpack for more formal use.
Closed by a drawstring or drawcord, lightweight, made of canvas, nylon, leather, popular due to its simplicity.
Originally designed for carrying bowling balls, medium to large size, semi circle shape with top handles and worn around the body. Used for casual wear primarily.
Large, rectangular handbag with top handles and a thick strap, often made of durable material like leather or canvas, used for storing overnight clothing and toiletries for a weekend getaway.
Cylinder shape resembling a barrel fastens using pull strings or zipper at the top, has thick shoulder length strap and made of canvas or leather.
A cylindrical bag made of smooth material with a zipper closure at the top. Its open structure and lack of rigidity makes it adaptable to carrying sports gear and similar bulky objects
Single-strapped backpack meant to be carried on one shoulder. Can be used for sporty and casual outfits, offers a great feminizing touch of elegance.
Bags that lies across the back and are carried over the shoulders with the help of two thick straps. Designed for outdoor activities and useful for carrying heavy items.
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