Purses aren’t just an accessory for women, they’re a lifeline. They hold wallets, snacks, makeup and everything in between.
However, you need to be careful when purchasing a purse because, just like clothes, some can flatter your figure while some can do the opposite.
For example, if you’re curvier, a box-styled bag will help balance your curves. Big, slouchy bags, on the other hand, will make the curves you want to accentuate less visible.
Print is also a huge contributing factor when picking out a purse. Prints too small can make you look larger than you are and big prints can draw negative attention to your curves.
If you’re slim on the other hand, try to find round bags or satchels to help add curves.
Petite women can also look for rounded bags, but try not to gravitate toward the wide ones. If you are shorter, search for longer bags to elongate your torso and help you seem taller.
If you are pear-shaped, meaning you carry most of your weight in your hips, the key to a successful purse purchase is finding one with short straps.
Keeping an over-the-shoulder purse hitting right above your stomach will help balance your proportions.
One purse every woman needs, no matter the figure, is the bag version of the little black dress, aka the little black bag. They’re classy, edgy and girly all at the same time and can somehow look good on everyone.
Now that you know what type of bag to look for, where can you go to buy it?
One event you can find every sort of purse at for amazing prices is Purse Palooza, which takes place today at 5:30 p.m at the Elks Lodge, 822 E. Young Ave. Admission is $12, but for that you can browse gently used purses, or check out the silent auction and bid for designer purses.
All proceeds will go toward the Children’s Memorial Gardens, so you can get a cute purse and help benefit a worthy cause.
If you miss the event though, try accessory stores like Charming Charlie. They have a wide arrangement of purses, handbags, clutches and satchels, so you’re almost guaranteed to find the perfect purse for you!
Purses are like clothes, meaning every purse may not be perfect for you. With a few simple guidelines though, you can find your dream purse in no time.
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