Choosing the right handbag for you!

Happy Friday and a particularly very happy Friday to me as a handbag lover. There was a knock on the door and I literally fell down the stairs because I knew exactly what was here. If you scroll to the bottom, you will see the new baby!


As we are talking designer, I always invest in Handbags. But I have a method in order to choose the best handbag that suits me. When I was younger I used to use HUGE bags and honestly it was unflattering because I am only 5'7 so it made me look shorter. 

  1.  BAG LENGTH                                                                                                                      There is one easy rule to remember here. The part of your body where the bottom of the bag sits will be accentuated. So, if you have small hips, having a bag which sits on your hips will make your shape look more feminine. If you have large hips, try a bag which sits at your waist line, accentuating the tapering of your waist and making you look slimmer. Handbags that sit at waist level will flatter most shapes in fact, so it is always good to have a bag of this type in your collection. This for me would definitely be my Dior and Valentino Rockstud.

  2. BAG SHAPE -                                                                                                                                 If you are tall and slim, try to choose a handbag which is rounded and slouchy, clutches are great too. If you are shorter, handbags with strong angles will look great on you and try to avoid longer straps as they weigh you down and will basically create height comparisons to this handbag.
  3. STYLE -  Think about your general style. If you usually wear casual clothes, going for a very formal handbag is not a good idea! This can be tricky, so make sure you do a bit of research. Look in fashion magazines or on Instagram for girls wearing similar style clothes to you, then make a note of the types of handbags that they have been dressed with. You may not like that particular handbag, but note the style, and think about whether you would like it in a different colour, a different material, or if it were slightly bigger or smaller. The main thing is to note the style. If it is a tote, a clutch, or a slouch shoulder bag. If you are buying a handbag for a particular occasion, where you will be wearing something outside of your usual style, be sure to check if it perfectly matches the outfit and see if you can continue to wear it with future outfits. You are not going to buy something you don’t like, so there will always be a bit of ‘you’ in the handbag, no matter what style you choose. 
  4. SIZE - Don’t be tempted just to follow the fashion here, very small bags on very tall girls will get lost, and alternatively if you are on the short side, you will be swamped with a large or oversized bag just like me. If you are looking to purchase a bag online, make sure you go into a store that has the bag or a similar bag to make sure it works with your body type. 

Now, here is the new baby reveal.. I wanted something different than usual but also something to make my eyes pop as I do wear a lot of neutrals so this bag was perfect. I do have this one in a smaller size in cream.

Janice Joostema9 Comments