Like people, purses come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. But a purse isn’t a simple accessory: it has to be both functional and flattering. A purse can emphasize a dainty waist…or exaggerate wide hips. How do you choose the right one? Read on for some great questions to ask yourself before buying a purse.
What is this purse for? Is it going to be your daily purse or a tiny evening accessory? A daily purse should be sturdy, easy to find things in, and easy to open and close, but an evening clutch is more about looks than practicality.
What do you plan to carry in it? A wallet and keys, or everything but the kitchen sink? That will determine whether you want a small, medium, or large purse. (If you’re an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type, your back may thank you for downgrading!)
What’s in your wardrobe? Regardless of fashion trends or body shapes, your purse should always be in keeping with your style, whether elegant, bohemian, or funky. You’ll probably want a purse that complements the clothing and shoes you already own. Neutrals like cream, black, and brown make for very versatile purses that can still have plenty of personalities.
What is your body shape? A good rule of thumb is to go for a contrasting shape in a purse: a soft, curvy bag for a thin, angular shape, a structured purse for a rounder one. Remember, however, that purse size should be in keeping with your size. Larger purses flatter larger women but overwhelm smaller ones.
What do you want to emphasize? A purse will emphasize wherever it falls. If you’re pear-shaped, you’ll want to avoid a purse that falls right at hip height. Wide-shouldered women, in contrast, may want that extra emphasis to balance their figures. A mid-torso length is flattering on most women. If in doubt, always check the mirror and consult a friend.