Ah purses; the perfect finishing touch for any outfit. I was never a huge purse girl myself, having often argued for bigger pockets in all my clothing rather than having to put my belongings in a bag I will bump people with and will quite possibly forget to grab when I leave, but recently I have begun to understand the appeal. I think one of the reasons purses have started to catch my eye is beyond just being practical, a purse can really add a lot of personality to your look. And there are just so many options! So below, I have put together a few of my favorite finds in the hopes that you might find something that helps you realize a purse can do so much more than hold your cell phone and lipstick (though they do excel at that too…)
The Tote Bag: Totes have earned this name for a reason; they are easy to grab and go, and can basically hold everything you own. That being said, don’t start thinking that something so practical can’t also be super cute, because you would be super wrong. For example, this great mixed media tote adds a subtle bit of fun to any ensemble, and the detailed scalloping on this beauty is pure perfection. And hey, if you’re looking to add a pop of color to your ensemble, this green tote will match almost everything, and you know I always adore stripes. So find your tote, then pack up and ship out!
The Classic: The quintessential purse silhouette seems to be back with vengeance (or it never left and I just didn’t notice), but it seems like designers are finding great ways to update the style and add just a hint of fun. One might even be tempted to say that when it comes to the classics, momma’s got a brand new bag (I’m sorry, I just couldn’t help myself!). Try a new hue, put a bow on it, add a tassel or two, or go full floral; no matter what you choose, you cannot go wrong!
The Clutch: For those evenings when a giant bag slung over your shoulder is really not the sleek and sexy look you are going for, a clutch is the perfect solution to looking cute while still honoring the Girl Scout Code to always be prepared. Try something with a bit of hardware, or perhaps something more ladylike. And if you’re ready to give some patterns a go, you can always stick with everyone’s favorite animal print, or embrace something bright and bold. No matter what you choose, you will be feelin’ clutch all night long.
The Crazy: Look, practical is good and all, but sometimes you just have to say screw it and go full on whimsical with your bag. Give same old same old a kiss good-bye, show everyone your cat-itude, remind the world you’re a funghi (or girl), or even let your inner monster out and wear it on your shoulder. Show off your wild and crazy (and punny) side with a bag that is not too much, but just enough.
So no matter what you choose, don’t forget, you’re never fully dressed without your purse!