Choosing the Right Purse
Choosing the Right Purse

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.