Your purse is your calling card, and you know only too well that finding the right one is often a difficult task. What should you consider when purchasing a new purse?

Choosing Purse

First of all, you need to decide on the style and purpose of the purse. Think of the outfits you are going to wear with the purse: casual clothes and a formal purse do not go together well. If you want to buy an everyday purse, you might opt for something lightweight and natural looking. A purse for work should be practical and functional.

Second, the size, shape and length of your purse should flatter your figure. For example:

  • If you are short, you will appear taller if you carry a small purse and shorter if you carry a large one.
  • Women who are tall might appear even larger with a small purse: midsize and large styles suit them best.
  • Choose a rectangular purse to appear taller. It is recommended that tall and slim women decide on round purses.
  • If you want to attract attention to your bust, choose a purse with short straps. A purse that hits the hips will play up their width. However, the ideal purse length for most women is the one that reaches down to the mid-torso.
  • A satchel purse is recommended for women with pear-shaped or triangle body types: it makes the top area of your body seem larger and balances out wide waist and hips.
  • A hobo purse that falls at your waist is good for women with a rectangle body type as it adds slight curves.

How to choose a purse

Third, check the weight of the purse. If it is too heavy, you are likely to suffer from shoulder and back pain. Ideally, the weight of your purse should not exceed 2.2 pounds.

Fourth, it is always reasonable to choose a purse with straps that are adjustable and wide enough not to cut into your shoulders. If the straps are not adjustable, make sure that their length is ideal for your body. Women who have large breasts should avoid carrying cross body purses as their straps often cut right across the bust line.

How to choose a purse

Fifth, make sure that the purse is made of high-quality materials. If the purse is made of leather, it should be soft, not stiff or plastic-like. It is better to decide on canvas and fabric purses that are sturdy and coated for weather endurance. The interior lining should not be loose and flimsy. The zipper should glide as smoothly as possible; buttons and clasps should close easily and neatly. The fewer seams and parts there are to a purse, the stronger it is.

Sixth, choose the right color. Remember that classic neutral colors (gray, beige or black) can match virtually any outfit.

Last but not least, never buy a purse until you have studied your reflection in the mirror long enough and are fully satisfied with your appearance. If it seems to you that the purse (even a trendy one) clashes with your style, you’d better try something else.