1. It’s Not Too Heavy
Leather handbags can be very heavy when they are empty, which means as soon as I put everything into the bag, I’ll be carrying 45 kg of weight on my shoulder, not good for my back or mood. Other handbags are made of lighter material, i.e. polyester type of material, you can put in a lot of things and it will still be not too heavy.
2. It’s Comfortable to Carry
A handbag, just like clothing, has to have a comfort level that you’re happy with. Many years ago Gucci had a massive sale in Melbourne (they’d never do it now as it “cheapens” the brand) and I picked up a handbag. The thing I noticed was just how comfortably it sat on my shoulder without sliding off, and fit under my arm.
I remember thinking “no wonder people normally pay so much for this kind of good design.”
3. The Right Pockets for You
Is it just an empty void inside or does it have some pockets? If it has pockets, what kind and how many?
What you like will be personal to you. I don’t like a central divider pocket, but I do like a pocket I can pop a pen or two, a cleaning cloth and some other small pieces.
I like a pocket I can store my phone in, and I really like a pocket on the outside that zips up that I can put my car keys in.
4. Zip it Up
I like handbags that can be fully zipped or closed up so that if I’m traveling and it falls over, nothing falls out.
Specifically with totes and larger bags, having a zip closure is something that makes a difference for those times when you need to be able to properly close your bags to keep your contents safe.
5. Make it Beautiful
And then there is the design. I’ve got to love it aesthetically as well. I’m a believer in form plus function – not one over the other.
Color is one way – and so I have a collection of bags in different colors.
A handbag can be fairly plain in design if it’s in a fabulous color – color is the hero.
But if you’re going for a black handbag, then it needs to have some extra design details to make it more aesthetically pleasing. Black and plain = dull and boring and not stylish.
6. Make it Versatile
There may be bags for specific purposes (such as an evening bag), but for your everyday bag, if you tend to be someone who has just one bag that you wear with everything – to everywhere – every day – it needs to be versatile in its design.
It needs to be dressy enough to relate to your work attire.
It needs to be soft enough to relate to your casual outfits.
It needs to go with your color palette – so that it doesn’t clash with your outfit.
How to choose a bag that goes with all your outfits? Start with the color being a reflection of your hair color. This is a signature color you never take off. You’re always wearing your hair, which is why hair color is such a great color for handbags, shoes, coats and belts – as these are the elements of outfits that “go over” lots of other garments.