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"Estella" Designer HandbagThat’s such a cute purse! A phrase women can’t hear enough of. There are a hundred ways to describe a purse that tells a lot about a women: “cute”, “trendy”, “pretty”, “practical”, “all-in-one”, “elegant”.

It’s almost like saying, “tell me what purse you carry around and I can tell what kind of person you are”. As far as making a personal fashion statement, this saying is most welcome and often very telling. Yes, indeed, the kind of purse we carry around reveals a little something about our personality.

Some women want their purses to be their main attraction so they make sure that the purse they buy stands out. Other women, on the other hand, want their purses to serve only as a subtle accessory. By not calling attention to their purses, they want others to notice something else about them – like their latest hairstyle or the pearl necklace around their neck.

But there’s something about purses that bring out the best in every woman. And the “prettier” it is, the more people will notice. Of course, there are some of us who find carrying a purse as cumbersome as dragging around an eight pounder of a laptop. Because they’re so heavy – at least the older models – we soon get laptop fatigue. The same applies to purses. A purse is something to enjoy, but if it becomes too much of a hassle to carry around, then we might as well leave home without it.

An interesting question: is a purse and a handbag the same? Yes, at least in the United States. A purse, handbag, and pocketbook are used interchangeably. In some parts of England, however, a purse is something almost like a wallet.

Generally, however, in North America, purses are also called handbags. What kind of styles are there to choose from?

Bag styles are sometimes classified according to their shape, so we have:

  • Diaper bags
  • Messenger bags
  • Tote bags
  • Hobo bags
  • Bucket handbags
  • Pocket Satchel Handbags
  • Toggle Clasp Handbags
  • Baguette Handbag (shaped like French bread)

There’s a bag for every taste and mood. In fact, there seems to be more bag styles than there are tastes and moods, so women spend a lot of time in bag stores because they can’t make up their minds!

Practical people tend to buy large handbags where they can stuff all their personal belonings in, while others want something more fashionable than practical. Some stores are taking on the environment theme very seriously so they’re selling bags made with environmental friendly materials and with colors that resemble nature.

When shopping for a particular kind of bag, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I want something practical or fashionable?
  • What kinds of things will I be putting in my bag?
  • Do I want a “designer bag”, a handmade bag or one that can be bought off the rack?
  • What’s my budget?
  • What kind of fabric do I like?
  • Should my bag match with my shoes and other accessories?
  • Do I travel a lot and rely on my handbag to carry everything I need?
  • Do I want a bag with many inside compartments?

Note that you don’t need a huge budget to find a bag that you like. You don’t have to buy a designer bag just to be cool. And with so many bags in the market that you can personalize, you need not worry that you’ll have the same bag as your colleague or next door neighbor!

Do you agree or disagree?  Perhaps, I missed something?  Either way, I would just love to hear what your thoughts are on this topic… just let me know your alive!


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