A handbag is more than just an accessory; it's a statement of personal style and functionality. We have collaborated with the very stylish Carla from Carla Maria Consultoria to assist in the production of this informative article.
With Carla’s assistance we can offer you valuable tips for selecting the perfect handbag, based on your unique preferences, occasion, functionality requirements, and body type. Whether you're seeking a versatile handbag or a statement piece, this guide will help you make an informed choice that enhances your personality and meets your needs.
Step one, Carla advises assessing your personal style:
- Identify your style preferences: Discover whether your style is classic/traditional, elegant, dramatic, sporty/casual, feminine/romantic, sensual, or creative. If you are not sure, Carla offers bespoke advice that can assist you with this check out her Instagram account @carlamaria_consultoria
Understand the aesthetic that resonates with you and seek handbags that reflect your personal taste.
- Consider colour and pattern: Depending on your personal styles (Carla advises that normally each one of us has actually three styles) this will be different from person to person, and you can go for neutral tones, or bold colours, or even vibrant patterns. This decision should align with your handbag choices with your wardrobe to ensure versatility and coordination in a very easy and natural way.
Step 2, Match the occasion:
This kind of match is deeply related to your own styles. You could go from casual to formal according to your personally, matching them to every situation.
- Casual or everyday bags: Carla advises that we opt for a practical and functional bag with enough room for essentials, such as a crossbody bag, tote, or hobo style. Choose durable materials that can withstand everyday wear.
- Formal or special occasion bags: Select an elegant clutch, a structured shoulder bag, or a small top-handle bag that compliments your outfit for formal events. Consider embellishments, metallic finishes, or luxurious fabrics for added glamour, Carla says.
Step 3, Consider Functionality:
- Size and capacity: Assess your daily essentials and choose a bag that comfortably accommodates them. Consider compartments, pockets, and organisation features for easy access and efficient storage.
- Straps and handles: Determine your preference for hands-free convenience or handheld elegance. Opting for adjustable straps, detachable options, or versatile designs that can offer multiple carrying styles is something that Carla recommends.
- Closure types: Decide between zippers, magnetic snaps, or clasps based on your preference for security and ease of use.
Step 4, Body type considerations:
- Proportional balance is very important and something that Carla recommends considering closely: Choose a handbag size that compliments your body shape. If you have a petite frame, opt for smaller or medium-sized bags to maintain balance. If you have a larger build, larger bags can provide better proportion.
- Placement and length: Consider the placement of the bag on your body. Crossbody bags can be flattering for most body types, while shoulder bags or totes that rest at the waistline can draw attention to the hips.
- Shape and structure: Experiment with different bag shapes to find what flatters your body type. For example, curved or slouchy bags can soften straight lines while structured bags can add definition advises Carla.
Step 5, Consider quality and durability:
- Material selection: Carla recommends choosing handbags made from high-quality materials that can withstand regular use and maintain their appearance over time. She advises considering options like leather and durable fabrics.
- Craftsmanship and construction: Assessing the overall quality of the bag, including stitching, hardware, and attention to detail is also advised, well-crafted finishes that signify longevity are a must-have consideration.
Selecting the perfect handbag goes beyond mere aesthetics; it involves understanding and acceptance of your personal styles, considering the occasion, evaluating functionality, and accounting for your body type. By following these tips, you can make informed decisions that align with your preferences and needs. Remember, the perfect handbag is not just a fashion statement but also a reliable companion that enhances your style and accommodates your essentials. Carla advises to choose wisely, and let your handbag reflect your unique personality and fashion sensibilities.
The Bag Pillow team
Photos Credit and Collaboration: @carlamaria_consultoria
[Disclaimer: Handbag choices are subjective, and personal preferences may vary. The tips provided are general guidelines to assist in selecting a handbag, but individual preferences should always be considered.]