Monday, March 22, 2010

Choosing the best bag

Choosing the best bag

Buying a high-quality handbag is often an investment purchase, and with so much choice out there, you might need a helping hand to choose the bag that's right for you and your lifestyle. Here are some top tips for making sure you go out with something eye-catching on your arm.
Going to and from the office each day means carting a fair few items around with you, like files, papers and a diary, as well as perhaps a packed lunch and all your normal handbag essentials. A roomy handbag is therefore a must, so go for a box style with separate zip pockets to separate work items from essentials. It's a good idea to opt for a bag with two short shoulder straps, and to remember to switch the side you carry your bag on to avoid backache! Monochrome is a major trend this spring/summer, so channel this with a black and white bag for smart office chic.
Evenings out
An evening or occasion bag can make an outfit, and gives you an opportunity to show off daring and eye-catching trends. A simple LBD (little black dress)  can be refreshed with a head-turning evening bag, so look for texture and detailing: beading will be hot this summer and a brightly coloured beaded number exudes elegance. Clutch styles won't overpower an outfit and are the perfect size for night out necessities.
Weekend away
The increased storage required for a weekend away needn’t mean sacrificing fashion – there are plenty of bags which are ideal for taking a mini-break with panache! A holdall is roomy enough for clothes and toiletries and will usually have interior zip pockets for passports and travel documents. Durability is also important, especially if you're travelling by plane and your bag will have to be moved to and from the overhead storage. Cracked leather is a key fabric for spring/summer and provides a more modern take on smooth, traditional leather.
An everyday handbag needs to work with different outfits and styles, so avoid any ‘out-there’ trends and go for a classic look which won't go out of season. Tan leather complements that other everyday staple – denim - and the look of the material will only improve with age. A tote style is perfect for a casual bag as it's roomy enough for shopping but is lightweight enough to carry all day. 
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