Like people, purses come in all sizes, shapes, and
colors. But a purse isn’t a simple accessory: it has to be both
functional and flattering. A purse can emphasize a dainty waist…or
exaggerate wide hips. How do you choose the right one? Read on for
some great questions to ask yourself before buying a purse.
What is this purse for? Is it going to be
your daily purse or a tiny evening accessory? A daily purse
should be sturdy, easy to find things in, and easy to open and
close, but an evening clutch is more about looks than
What do you plan to carry in it? A wallet
and keys, or everything but the kitchen sink? That will
determine whether you want a small, medium, or large purse. (If
you’re an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type, your back may
thank you for downgrading!)
What’s in your wardrobe? Regardless of
fashion trends or body shapes, your purse should always be in
keeping with your style, whether elegant, bohemian, or funky.
You’ll probably want a purse that complements clothing and shoes
you already own. Neutrals like cream, black, and brown make for
very versatile purses that can still have plenty of personality.
What is your body shape? A good rule of
thumb is to go for a contrasting shape in a purse: a soft, curvy
bag for a thin, angular shape, a structured purse for a rounder
one. Remember, however, that purse size should be in keeping
with your size. Larger purses flatter larger women but overwhelm
What do you want to emphasize? A purse
will emphasize wherever it falls. If you’re pear-shaped, you’ll
want to avoid a purse that falls right at hip height.
Wide-shouldered women, in contrast, may want that extra emphasis
to balance their figures. A mid-torso length is flattering on
most women. If in doubt, always check the mirror and consult a
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