Guide to Choosing the Right Purse for the Season

Ladies have a lot of options when shopping for a new purse. Handbags are an important accessory. The right bag can transform an outfit from so-so to so stylish. Most of us cannot function without toting around a bag day and night. Both small clutches and large purses with a variety of fabrics and trims are in style this season. With so many options though, it can make for a confusing shopping trip.

Deciding Factors
This essential piece needs to be practical and flattering. Knowing whether or not to choose a small clutch or a large purse takes in a number of factors including: your overall size, the amount of items you tend to carry, and what you typically wear from day to day.

Your Overall Size
Small, petite women can get away with carrying a dainty clutch or mini cross-body bag with style. Avoid carrying a bag that appears you can fit into. Although a purse is an accessory, it can make or break a look. Try this Dooney & Bourke Margot Crossbody Bag if you are on the petite side. Tall ladies can carry larger bags that are in proportion to their height.

Create an Optical Illusion
Accentuate your shape with the right bag. Eyes will be drawn wherever the hand bag rests. If you have large hips, choose a bag with a short strap, or a large clutch that can be tucked under your arm. If you are top-heavy, look for a longer strap that allows the purse to hang below the waist line. Curvy girls with a defined waist will should look for a shoulder bag that sets slightly above the waist, like this Perlina Handbags in eggplant.

Your Needs
Choose a bag that can easily hold the amount of items you typically carry. A stuffed to the gills purse is not attractive regardless of how expensive it is. This Haven Hobo gives you a more room. Choose a large purse if you need to carry a day planner, paperwork, your lunch bag or supplies for your children. A small handbag, or clutch in an elegant fabric is perfect for special occasions when you only need to carry a few items.

Your Day
Consider what you wear on a day to day basis. If you are typically professionally dressed, choose a structured bag in a basic color. Basic does not have to mean simply black or brown though. A metallic bag or shade of white can look fresh and still go with most everything in your closet. This gold shoulder bag by Cole Haan Denney can be dressed up or down. While this hobo bag by Vans is a casual canvas bag that can be worn on the weekends or taken on a day trip.

Also by Sylvie Branch;
Spot-on Trend for Spring
Denim Trends an Ever-evolving Classic
Just Say No to the Fanny Pack