A discerning executive eye quickly recognizes when the right handbag complements your professional outfit.
Tips for Selecting Just the Right Look When Choosing Your Work Handbag
When shopping for a new handbag this season, consider your body type. Not every handbag is ideal for every woman. Follow these tips to find the perfect handbag for you, and if you find yourself unsure of your shape and style, I can help! Wardrobe stylists are trained to understand body shapes and know what is most flattering.
When it comes to handbags, the opposite shape of your body type is the most flattering. When shopping, head to the dressing room, carry the bag as you normally would and check it out from all angles in the mirror.
Are you tall and thin?
Choose handbags with a short, slouchy shape like the hobo. Avoid shoulder bags with a short strap as they will make you look even taller. Select handbags that are wider than they are tall. A clutch is a good choice.
Despite what you see in Hollywood, oversized bags aren’t for small women. Large bags tend to overwhelm your frame. Avoid shoulder bags with a long strap as they will weigh you down, making you look even shorter.
Pick a large structured or boxy bag to balance out your curves. Don’t carry a bag that is too small as it will make you look larger. If you love prints, steer clear of tiny patterns.
If you are splurging on an expensive handbag, choose one that you will be able to wear often. There’s no need to spend $500 or more on a bag that will rarely make it out of your closet. If you are buying several inexpensive bags instead, pick one classic everyday bag in black or brown. Then, experiment with fun, funky styles and metallics for your other bags.
If you aren’t sure about the different types of purses and bags, let me know. I’m available for image consulting services and personal shopping! I love helping women choose the right handbag!