What your handbag says about you
Here at the Fashion & Style Directory, it’s no secret that we’ve got a thing for handbags. OK, it’s more than a ‘thing’ – a love. Oh, fine, we’ll be totally honest – yes, we’ve got a downright obsession.
Handbags. Mmm. We love ‘em. The styles, the material, the fact we can squish all our essentials in there and leave home feeling like we’ll survive whatever comes our way. So, this little love affair with handbags got us thinking (sounding a bit Carrie Bradshaw here)… what does your handbag say about you?
You’ve left home with just a clutch? Either you are a) mad, b) not planning to be out for long, or c) have someone to carry the rest of your essentials for you. Quite frankly, a clutch is for the woman who can survive on lipstick, a credit card, and a sesame snap – because that’s all you’ll be carrying.
Anyone remember ‘The Littlest Hobo’? No? Just us. Oh. Well it’s about a dog who goes off on adventures – and with a hobo bag slung over your shoulder so will you. This bag is big – nay, roomy! It’s for the woman who wants to whip out a wet wipe when needs must, who’ll have a selection of emergency snacks for the last train home, and who can be relied upon to have a spare pair of comfy shoes when those heels get too much. You carry a hobo bag: you’re one super-prepared lady.
When we say tote bag we’re talking about the flimsy cotton calico versions with a natty saying like “I moustache you a question” emblazoned on them. If a tote bag is your handbag of choice you’re either a) a student with lots of A4 handouts to schlep around, b) tight – seriously, invest in a decent handbag! or c) just popping to the shops, so we’ll forgive you.
Sitting somewhere between a clutch and a shoulder bag, grab bags are big enough to fit a fair few bits and bobs in but you’ll look a fool if you try and sling one onto your shoulder. Short straps mean they’re for ‘grabbing’ – or looping over the crook of your arm. The grab bag says you like order, you like style, and you don’t want a great big bag messing up the streamlined nature of your outfit (heels, pencil skirt, chiffon blouse).
You’re smart. You don’t like being dictated to. You (as Fleetwood Mac once sang) go your own way. Satchels are all over the show right now – from vintage eBay finds in distressed leather, right through to bright and bold patterned satchels which will make your outfit sing. Satchels can be as fun and funky as you like or take a more serious note – but, as with everything in life, you decide.
Pictured: Mika Sequin Box Clutch bag, £45 from Monsoon, featuring tonal neutral shades, and an internal pocket and chain strap for ease of use. Perfect for adding glamour to your party outfits! Price quoted correct on 27 May 2014.