You wouldn’t think that wearing a handbag was that complicated but there are so many ways to get it wrong. If you’re not matching to your clothes properly or wearing the wrong bag for the occasion, you could completely ruin the rest of your outfit. If, like me, you’re the kind of person that just grabs the nearest bag on the way out of the house, you’re probably getting it wrong most of the time. Luckily, this guide to wearing a handbag properly will teach you everything you need to know.
What Body Shape Are You?
Before you even get to the outfit you’re wearing or the occasion that you’re choosing a bag for, you need to think about your body type. Your body type has a huge impact on the types of bag that look good on you because they accentuate different areas of your body. For example, if you’ve got a fuller figure, a longer bag isn’t the best because it’ll make your hips look wider. You’d be better off with a shorter bag that highlights your waist or women’s shoulder bags that draw attention away from your hips. If you’ve got a large bust and smaller hips, you need to think the other way around, a longer bag is best. Very long bags are also good for people that are on the shorter side because they can make you look taller.
What Is The Occasion?
The next thing to consider is what occasion you’re wearing the bag for because certain styles won’t be suitable for some settings. As a general rule, smaller bags are better for more formal outfits while larger bags give a more relaxed feel. That doesn’t mean you can’t use a larger bag for a formal occasion, but you’ll have to be careful about the style and don’t go overboard.
What Outfit Are You Wearing?
This is obviously the most important thing to consider because it’s vital that the handbag actually matches the outfit you’re wearing. Matching the colour is the main thing and there are a couple of ways to do it. Matching with the colour of your dress or top is fine but if you want to make it a little more interesting, you can try matching with your shoes and belt. That’s a better option if you’ve got a plain outfit that you want to inject a bit of colour into. Personally, I like to pair a little black dress with a pop of red by wearing red shoes, belt and bag, the contract looks gorgeous and it gives you a statement look without standing out too much. Another thing to watch out for is your jewellery if you’re wearing any; the metal on your handbag needs to match up with the colour of your jewellery, if you match silver and gold it’ll be off putting.
Black outfits give you the most freedom because they’ll go with almost any colour apart from a dark brown which always looks bad. If you’re wearing blue or grey, a classic beige or light brown bag works well. Multi coloured handbags are always fairly risky but the rule is that at least one colour on the bag should match the colours in your outfit.
If you follow these three rules, you should be able to pick the perfect handbag every time.
Let me know in the comments if these tips have helped, post a photo of your favourite outfit and handbag pairing or tell me if you have any other tips that I missed…