My handbags play a dual role in my life. I have them for practicality and style!
What do I mean by practical? I buy handbags that can hold everything that is important to me. I buy handbags that I can wear day or night. I buy handbags that are appropriate for many pieces of my wardrobe. I buy bags I can use for all seasons.
What do I mean by beautiful? All of my handbags reflect my style!
THEREFORE, A HANDBAG IS A MIX OF PRACTICALITY AND FASHION. IT IS AN ACCESSORY IN A WOMAN'S WARDROBE THAT CAN ADD PUNCH TO ANY OUTFIT.
This spring, I may add a new bag to my wardrobe. That is... only if I happen upon what is right for my wardrobe. A handbag is not an impulse item. I have decided I am going to look for a bag with a splash of color. I will take my time window-shopping! Why? Because handbags from JCrew to Chanel are ridiculously expensive, darlings, so I treat the purchase of a new bag as if it were a piece of jewelry, a fashionable accessory.
I take care of my vintage handbags like they were a piece of jewelry, too. My large bags are lined up on a shelf in my closet so I can see them with my clothing and my clutches lay flat in drawers. I save and use my handbags for years. I am selective in my purchase, never buying what I think is the fad of the year to be tossed out the following season. My mother taught me: Buy one good handbag a year. It will be a keeper. I listened and learned.
Here are some of my tips on handbags...
Be different darlings! My French girlfriend, Florence, living in Paris, is the girlfriend who taught me to think of my handbag as a fabulous accessory. "American women wear a grey or black handbag with a gray suit. I will wear a pink handbag and pink shoes with my grey suit," was her comment. This American girl learned and I follow the French trend. Try it, darlings!
Consignment stores: Great buys for great prices.
Financial resources: When purchasing your next handbag, buy a bag that you can wear day and night. Two for the price of one, darlings!
Neutral colors: Buy a neutral color bag that is year round and looks great with most of your outfits. The colors are: shades of several whites, metallic, navy, grey and black.
Wear a bright bag with toned-down clothing: If I am wearing a pair of Levis and a tee shirt, I will put on my vibrant colored canary yellow backpack. My backpack becomes a 'style stopper.' And I feel uplifted wearing the bag.
If I am carrying a ton of things because you know darlings, we love to gather, I carry a 'lightweight' tote. I put a small clutch inside my tote to house my wallet, small make-up bag and my iPhone. Putting a clutch inside my tote works well because it prevents me from digging and searching frantically into my tote for a lipstick or my phone and... ruining my manicure in the process!
Purchase a bag that matches your size: If you are small sized, as I am, I always stick with small to medium size handbag, except of course for my practical totes. Big is 'never in' for small sized women. You want to carry your bag; your bag should not carry you!
Be selective when you purchase a new bag: Buy a bag that will not go out of style. Handbags are keepers. Handbags are costly.
Stuff your slouchy bags: I stuff my handbags to save their shape.
Buy a handbag with a good clasp for protection: This is a true story. I was walking down 5th Avenue, in New York, with my husband during a bright and sunny day. I was carrying a handbag with a shoulder strap so my purse rested on my hip. I felt a nudge! I looked down. The clasp on my bag was open. By chance the purse had another inside clasp that had my money. Guess who the thief was? A little person!
Be daring darlings; you can allow yourself to splurge! You can buy a fabulous looking handbag at J Crew or Chanel. It matters not the price. It is all about your style! I suggest you buy a bag in metallic or gold (goes with everything) or a bag that has hammered studs or a bag with a gorgeous chain and clasp.
Next week, darlings, I will give you tips on how to preserve your handbags! Maybe by then you will have purchased your new bag and I will have the pleasure of showing you some tricks of the trade of saving your beautiful or fun new accessory...your handbag.