One fashion rule of thumb that every woman should know is how to match her handbag to the occasion. The last thing you want is to show up with a purse that’s inappropriate for the event. Whether what you’ve chosen is too dressy, underwhelming, over-sized, or not big enough, I’m going to clue you in on how to avoid a fashion faux pas. Fortunately, once you’ve gotten the basics down, picking the proper purse will be a breeze.
Working a 9 to 5 job means that you’ll be away from the comforts of home for long stretches of time multiple days a week. So it’s important to choose a bag that will accommodate a variety of things, including your wallet, phone, small makeup bag, hygiene products, snacks, and maybe a few extras. Lyst offers some inspiration for everyday bags and we’d recommend a black structured handbag with both top carry handles and a shoulder strap. This will keep everything organized thanks to a solid exterior and plenty of interior pockets.
Date NightWhen heading out on a date with your significant other, it’s important to travel light so you can clear your mind and keep your hands free for, um, other things. You’ll most likely only need a few items in your bag, like makeup for touch-ups, credit cards, cash, and your cell phone. A medium, soft leather envelope clutch would work well in this case. You may even wish to choose one that has an optional shoulder strap. Pick a metallic finish or a color that will pop when you pair it with a little black dress.
Gearing up for a weekend getaway means some light packing will be in order. Choose a duffel bag like the one seen from Pop Sugar for stashing your goods. Make sure it’s large enough to hold a couple of outfits, one pair of extra shoes, and a few toiletries. Let your personality shine when it comes to pattern and color—the possibilities are endless. Bring along a neutral cross-body purse for the things you’ll carry daily, like your makeup bag, cell phone, wallet, and other odds and ends.
You’ve got the gorgeous gown, perfect makeup, stunning shoes, and a handsome date, so don’t overlook the importance of a beautiful bag. Getting decked out for an event requires carrying a purse that’s stunning enough to compliment your outfit. The minaudiere is a favorite of Fashion Lady—and of mine. Not only does it have the perfect petite proportions, but this hard case evening bag is also typically embellished with beautiful beading and crystals or covered in satin and exotic textiles, lending that extra upscale oomph.
NightclubSimilar to the date night suggestion, but easier to hang onto while dancing, is the wristlet. This portable purse is essentially a clutch with a strap that you can carry on your wrist, making it the perfect bag to bring to your favorite hangout. Choose one that’s just large enough for lip gloss, cash, one credit card, and your ID. Whether leopard’s your thing or you prefer a posh pink, have some fun with the aesthetic.
Remember to evaluate what you’ll need for the event and make sure your purse can accommodate all the goods. After that, look to the degree of formality to choose the aesthetic. By combining these two easy to follow tips with the suggestions above, your outfits will be spot on from head-to-toe.
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