How To Choose A Style Bag That Fits Your Personality
As women, we tend to carry a lot of baggage, and by baggage I mean, necessities that we can not leave the house without. From going to work, running errands, shuffling your kids back and forth, to social engagements - there are some items that we can’t do without to get us through our day-to-day.
No matter what our daily activities are and what they consist of, there is one thing for sure that we need to have by our sides to carry us through: our handbag.
Now, I know some women skip carrying a bag altogether, and this seems like one of the easiest ways to forget about things or lose them. I’m a woman with needs and I know I could never leave the house carrying the “important” things at all times vs. stashing and storing them in my bag. I’m pretty sure I would come home empty handed by the end of the day.
Keeping yourself hands-free so you can quickly maneuver through and complete what you’re doing is an easier way to go.
There are so many different styled bags, no matter your style, there is a bag that will suit your needs and allow you to feel more comfortable carrying.
YOUR BAG PERSONALITY:
Those who love structure and organization:
Satchel’s typically come with a top handle, sometimes an attached shoulder strap and is usually carried around your wrist. While they range in size, satchel’s are somewhat spacious. If you tend to carry a lot of items in your bags and prefer a more structured feeling for you to compartmentalize your belongings, a satchel would be a good match for your needs.
Don’t you hate when you have to stop everything you’re doing, hold your bag from the bottom and search through to look for an item? So annoying! A satchel bag will give you more structure and allow you to organize everything within your bag easily.
Are you busy and on the go most of the day? Going back and forth from meetings to meetings, live in the city and hopping off one train to the next? Then you’ll probably be in need of a pair of flats that you can quickly change in and out of to get you from point A to point B. Satchel’s will give you enough space to store without worrying about your bag losing shape because of the many items you have stored within it.
For those that are easy going and have a laid back style:
Bucket bags are a more casual style, the types of bags you just throw around your shoulder and go. If you prefer a more relaxed and laid back look, bucket bags give you a way to elevate your casualness - with the different styles, shapes, to colors and prints, you can utilize your bucket bag to make your look stand out.
Bucket bags don’t provide the type of structure that a satchel bag can; however, you can still use smaller pouches/travel bags/coin purses to store your belongings within your bucket bag to make it easier to locate items. Bucket bags are my go to, and my things would probably be lost at the bottom if it weren’t for the smaller bags that I use to store my items and also take advantage of your side pockets.
A woman with options:
Who doesn’t love having options?
Smaller bags can make it a lot easier when it comes to finding things. While some women may prefer to carry their bag around their shoulder or wrist, some prefer to hold onto everything or store and carry underneath your arm and still be hands-free.
Some clutches also come with loopholes attached, for you to add on a strap - again, you have options!
If you don’t like the hassle of shuffling around for things, larger handbags, or you like having a more versatile bag, then clutch bags are an easy way to have everything where you need it and give you the option to change from a clutch to a shoulder bag without needing to change bags. You can also use smaller bags within your clutches as well to keep things more organized.
For woman who have a more edgier style, love to take risks and try out different styles:
Backpacks can be just as chic and stylish as any other bag; they aren’t for outdoor events only. Backpacks, I feel, are for those who like to change it up from time to time and enjoy taking risks with their style. While some may feel like backpacks give them the Dora The Explorer feeling as if they’re heading into class, it takes a level of confidence to pull off styling backpacks. When you're comfortable with your style, you can choose any garment or item and style it to suit you.
For those that prefer a more polished casual and laid back look:
Similar to a bucket bag, a tote bag doesn’t provide you with a ton of structure, but it does give you a lot of space. The only difference in bag personalities is how you carry the bag, with a tote bag you’re still giving off a casual and laid back look but opting for a tote bag, a more polished look. Instead of throwing around your shoulder, by losing the shoulder strap and trading that in for a shorter strap to carry over your arm, will provide you with a more casual yet polished look.
MINI CHAIN STRAPS
For those that are easy going, low maintenance but still love to look good:
Smaller bags give you limited options on what you can store - outside of your phone, cards/cash (no wallet because there isn’t any room), your keys and lipgloss, that is probably all you will be able to fit.
If you don’t need to carry a lot, this bag would probably be better suited for you.
Life is much easier when you can assess your lifestyle needs to decide which items work best for your day-to-day instead of gravitating towards things because you love them or “think they’re cute.” You may like them but then don’t need for them which usually results in wasted money.
Learn how to break down your wardrobe needs so you have pieces in your wardrobe that you'll wear with my 3 step process I rely on in Building A Wardrobe: The Basics, available here. Shop with a purpose and get the most out of what you’re spending!