How to Travel to Work in Style with Your Handbag
Handbags come in a variety of shapes, styles, fabrics and colors. They are designed, not only to hold your stuff, but also to make a fashion statement and to introduce your executive presence.
When categorizing handbags, you should think of them in two different ways – the shape of the bag and the way you carry it. First I will categorize bags by how you carry them. One way for a professional woman to round out her professional wardrobe is with a statement handbag. Think gorgeous and cordinatred on the outside while practical on the inside.
Shoulder bags come in many different shapes and sizes. They are fairly large and can normally hold your wallet, keys, cell phone, books, notepad, cosmetics and more. They are sometimes compartmentalized with different pockets both inside and out. These handbags are designed to be worn over the shoulder. Shoulder bags are very practical and perhaps the most common bag carried by women.
A clutch is a type of handbag that doesn’t have handles. It can be carried in your hand or tucked under your arm. Throughout the history of handbags, clutches have been relatively small and often reserved for evenings. Clutches can hold your keys, driver’s license, a lipstick and that’s about it. However in recent years, the “oversized” clutch has grown in popularity. These bags are designed the same as a regular clutch but they are much larger and can carry all your essentials.
Clutches can be soft-bodied, framed or even hard-cased. They come in variety of shapes and materials, including silk, patent leather and sequined fabrics. A clutch can be closed with a fold-over flap, top closure, zipper, push lock, drawstring or any number other types of closures.
Obviously, these handbags are designed to be held by hand. They feature a small handle. They are not intended to be slung over the shoulder – these bags can only be handheld. They are normally smaller than a shoulder bag, but bigger than a clutch.
These casual bags are often made from canvas. Tote bags are open at the top and usually have only one maincompartment. Tote bags are very big. When over your shoulder, tote bags usually fall around elbow length. Tote bags are good for the beach, outdoor activities or shopping.
Messenger bags are also often called crossbody bags because of how they are worn. These bags are great because you can’t loose them! Worn across the body, messenger bag come in a variety of styles and sizes. Crossbody bags are commonly worn by students and travelers.
Backpack-style Handbag for Work
Another bag that is popular among students is the backpack. These bags have two straps and are intended to be worn on your back. Backpacks are great for carrying school books, notepads and other somewhat heavy items. They are normally made of nylon, but they can also be canvas or leather. Backpacks are also great for traveling, hiking, camping and other activities.
The style of handbag you choose depends on what you need to carry, where you are going and your personal style preferences. Many women have an favorite that they carry almost daily, only switching to a smaller or larger bag for special occasions or circumstances. Other women own dozens of handbags and switch their bag on a regular basis, matching it to their outfit, destination and mood.
A good handbag can be a major investment in any woman’s wardrobe, so should you want help, I’m available for personal shopping. I can offer you tips on where to shop and what bags suit your personal style! Contact me to schedule an image consultation for women and a shopping trip!