Everyone wants to stay fashion forward. A handbag may be the perfect accessory. Most women own more than one handbag that they use for different occasions and color schemes. But, some women don’t coordinate their bag with what they are wearing. So, I researched how much your handbag does have to match your outfit.
Does your handbag have to match your outfit? Your choice of handbag depends on your lifestyle, but your purse should fit your style and personality, rather than just match the outfit that you have on.
DOES YOUR HANDBAG HAVE TO MATCH YOUR OUTFIT?
It is a no-brainer style secret that clothes and bags work together in creating that ‘it’ look. However great your outfit or other accessories, the perfect finishing touch comes from a good bag. So, to up your style quotient to the next level, you need to choose your bag with due care to go with your outfit.
Things to consider in your handbag selection:
- The setting of your outfit
- The patterns in your outfit
- If you outfit is casual or formal
Office, shopping, casual, dressy, formal, semi, informal, gala, red carpet- what you wear and which bag you carry with it depends first and foremost on the occasion.
Generally speaking, large bags give a relaxing aura, small bags add sophistication. That’s the reason, large bags go with casuals and small bags go with formals.
Too much matching between clothes and bag is quite injurious to your style quotient! The real trick lies in getting it right without looking like a monotone, monochrome mannequin.
Bags say much with their own style quotient. If you are using your outfit to make a style statement, let your bag add its own subtle chic message of resonance. Here’s how it works.
Leather clutches are classic. Crystal studded clutches are glamorous. Hobos are playful. Studded bags are edgy. Satchels and totes are practical. Cross body bags are casual. Decide the look you want. And carry the bag that echoes it.
HOW TO MATCH YOUR HANDBAG WITH YOUR OUTFIT
- Try to choose colors that complement each other
- Choose bags that bring out your natural look and the positives in your outfit selection
You will realize that large bags give a relaxing aura while small bags normally make somebody look sophisticated. This is the reason you should carry a small handbag when going to a formal occasion.
Dark and/or strong colors are good with black handbags. The biggest rule of today’s fashion could be ‘improvisation’. Depending on the tone and shape of the shoes, it could be tacky, but it could look good also. If the purse is black, you can use the brown belt, but another colored shoe.
If it’s a formal event, then go with a black outfit, but if its less formal, try out something bright, like a white blazer. but most of all, it’s up to how you feel. and if you feel strange don’t use it.
For black and white outfits, you can bring a printed bag, if the bag the clothes have similar palette. For example, if you are wearing a black dress, it’s okay to carry a leopard printed bag that have white, black or even cream-colored tones.
You can also opt for a classic solid colored hand bag. Choosing this option can allow you to choose different colors to bring an unexpected pop of color.
For brown, cream and navy colored outfits, the rules seem to change. On the days of the week when you need a neutral color and are tired of wearing black, varying shades of brown and blue are the perfect ebony substitutes. For work, match these fail-safe colors with yellow, green and purple-colored handbags.
In the spring, your graphic navy and blue striped tops and dresses look their best when paired with a turquoise or kelly green straw handbag and brown slacks or with a red leather bag and jeans for a nautical look.
For pastel colored outfits, if you’re trying to look fresh for spring, you can follow a different set of rules. Wear pastel hues such as light blue, lavender, pale pink and lime green. Pair these colors with taupe, white, camel and charcoal gray handbags.
If you are mixing a pink pair of pants and a green blouse for an evening out with friends, carry a small eggshell or a metallic silver handbag to balance the pastel pairing beautifully.
Like your clothes, your bag too should help in upping your positives and taking the eye away from the unseemly bits. In other words, your bag’s shape and length should counterbalance your curves.
There is good news for leather bag lovers. Leather is versatile and goes with most dress fabrics. Soft leather bags suit breezy summer styles better and heavy structured leather bags add gravitas to winter chic. So now you know how the divas get their bags and outfits so right.
SHOULD YOUR SHOES AND BAG MATCH?
Not necessarily. Your shoes and bag don’t have to exact copies of one another but they definitely shouldn’t clash.
WHAT ARE THE MOST VERSATILE COLORS FOR HANDBAGS?
It can be challenging enough to put a halfway decent outfit together, forget taking the time to change out handbags to go with each and every thing you wear.
Here are some of the most versatile colors for handbags:
- White/Cream/Neutral Tones
The handbag colors that are the most versatile are brown and black. These colors should go with your basic wardrobe neutral color. For example, if one of these colors: black, brown, grey or navy is your wardrobe neutral a black leather bag will work.
If your wardrobe neutral is gray, brown or beige a brown leather bag will work. If you can only afford one or two handbags look for simple style bags without embellishments like logos, fringe, a lot of metal trim etc.
HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT HANDBAG FOR EVERYDAY WEAR
When you are trying to choose the right handbag to wear everyday, there are a number of factors to consider.
Factors to consider in buying a handbag:
Think about the stuff that you want to have on you every day and then add a little more space, just in case you need to throw one more thing when the situation demands it.
You must consider carefully how large of a bag you need and whether it would really suit you.
If you are small or petite, carrying around a large handbag can overshadow your personality.
No matter how chic and stylish a bag is, it is of no use if it won’t last, especially if you are spending big bucks on it.
Don’t ever let durability be the price of fashion and make sure that the bag you pick comes from a trusted retailer that would gladly guarantee the durability of the bag.
Consider how much storage you normally need in your bag. If it’s supposed to be used every day when you go to work, you may have a lot of things to stash into it. So, a small evening bag definitely won’t do, no matter how classy it is. Make a practical choice and pick a bag sized according to your needs.