Most of us can't live without a bag to tote everything we need for the day or night. But just because it's all about function doesn't mean it has to be boring. Special is now standard, so don't feel obligated to buy only basics. Neutral colors are great, but you can also have some fun with this Photo Credit: Studio Dnecessary accessory.
1. Look for Versatility
Don't have time, energy, or resources to switch your bag with every outfit? Black and brown go with everything...That said, so do metallics, skins, and shades of white; and in some cases, those are fresher alternatives.
2. Bright Bags Add Life to Toned-Down Looks
Wearing jeans and a tee or a classic dark suit? A carryall in bright orange, red, or pink is an instant pick-me-up.
3. If You're Toting a Ton, Get a Bigger Bag
A piece that's overstuffed looks sloppy. Doubling up is fine, but don't weigh yourself down. If you have extra items to carry, fill up a large bag to carry along with your regular purse. Better yet, stash your smaller bag in it.
4. Get a Bag Relative to Your Size
Petite? Don't carry something you could fit in; instead choose something small to medium. Tall and broad? A wee bag will look out of proportion. Try one that's large or oversize.
5. Buy a New One
We can all get attached to old favorites, but recognize when it's time to buy a new one to keep looking of the moment. Holes, tears, frayed stitching, and worn leather mean your bag needs to be retired.
Photo Credit: Studio D6. Go Low-Key with Slouchy Leather
Whether it has a hobo shape or cargo pockets, a bag with a worn-in feeling can look rugged but hip. If it's too shabby, though, it's not chic.
7. Get a Top Handle on It
Structured bags are ladylike and well suited for work and dressier day events.
8. Messenger Bags Are Sporty
Because you can wear them across your body, messenger bags leave your hands free. Look for cuts in canvas, leather, and nylon. (Leave the backpacks to schoolchildren and hikers.)
9. Add an Edge with Studded Style
A bag adorned with heavy metal hardware gives your look a cool vibe.
10. Indulge in Sumptuous Skins
Ostrich, crocodile, alligator, python, and other leathers are meant to last. These luxurious pieces are definitely a splurge, but consider it an investment that you can carry for years.
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