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Handbags Buying Guide

Getting the Handbag You Deserve: Handbags Buying Guide

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Sure, a handbag is a practical accessory to have with you when you leave the house, but it’s also about style. The handbags that you own express your individual style and personality. The handbag, tote or purse you have on your arm says something about you. While designer handbags are fun to look at in magazines and TV shows, high-quality handbags are more practical from both a functional and economical perspective. Purses are a general term for handbags, while a handbag refers to a purse that is specifically carried in the hand by handles. Since handbags, clutches, purses and totes come in every style, size and price range, it’s handy to know what to look for before you go shopping.


Purpose and Practicality


The first thing to consider when purchasing a type of purse or handbag is what you will be using it for. If its main purpose is to accompany you to the grocery store, a tote or all-purpose organizer bag will serve you well. Since totes and organizer bags are typically larger in size than standard handbags, they tend to have plenty of pockets, both interior and exterior in addition to a variety of compartments. On the other hand, if you’re going to a charity fundraiser or to the theatre, a smart clutch or evening shoulder bag would be a good choice. When selecting a handbag for work, you will want something that is multifunctional and in a “universal” color that will match or complement the majority of your work wardrobe.


Not too Pricey!


Because there are so many to choose from, to avoid spending more than you intended or ending up with a “bargain” that will sit in your closet and never be used, figure out how much you want to spend on your new handbag before you start to shop for one. You can find a handbag for $20 or less; high-quality handbags can cost $200 or more. Setting a budget or putting a price on your prospective purchase has another big advantage – if you’re looking for a large tote in the $50 to $75 price range, you will be concentrating on finding one that meets this criterion and not the designer handbag that is not in your budget.


Putting the Spotlight on Features


No matter how good the handbag or purse looks, it won’t be truly practical unless it has features that are appealing or useful to you. When deciding what features you would like your handbag, purse or tote to have there are two important factors to consider: the handbag’s purpose and your lifestyle, including your organizational needs. Some features common to most kinds of handbags, including the tote and purses, are adjustable shoulder straps, interior compartments, exterior pockets, an ID window and organizational pockets designed to hold specific items such as water bottles, cell phone or other electronic devices.

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