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Pile of buttons ready to be sewn onto a bag“Anything goes” is a phrase we often hear, although it’s not often said in fashion circles. This is because fashion is a field that dictates style and taste. There are rules to follow in fashion and you may have noticed this when you flip through catalogs. For instance, do you notice how some colors become more pronounced than others? Do you notice styles that predominate or accessories that are more popular these days? The public does not control fashion trends. It’s fashion that controls the public. We’re supposed to wear a dress with a certain hemline, pants that are wide or narrow at the bottom, and tops that reveal or don’t reveal as much. The fashion czars rule the world.

When it comes to bags, however, things are a little different. Bags are an important part of our whole gear, but there’s much more room to maneuver. We have sufficient leeway for bags that we can create on our own or personalize.

Have you ever experimented with creating your own bag styles? It’s like software in a way. You pick up a template – whether it’s for business, socializing, formal affairs, casual . then you add or subtract from it. For instance you pick up a graphic design template for newsletters and you personalize it with your own information. It’s the same with bags – you choose a style and then you dress it up. You can buy pins or buckles, stitch or sew on it, stick a picture or tie a scarf around one of the straps. The possibilities are limitless!

Tell the World Who You Are: Create Your Own Bag!

Smart retailers know the tastes and whims of smart and fashionable women. They request manufacturers to come up with some basic bag styles, but leave room for the consumer to “turn it into something else.”

Take your tote bag as an example. Some retailers will let you choose the body pattern you want . be it baby leopard, cheetah, brown zebra, brown cow and at least a dozen other body patterns. If you’re not into animal themes, you can go with something more colorful like iridescent style quilts or brocades.

If you don’t like tote bags, you can pick a different shape. Hobo bags are popular, so are diaper and messenger bags. These bags can be customized to reflect your own mood or personality. If you like leather, then by all means, go with leather choices. If you’re the casual type and like bright splashy colors with shiny textures, you can choose from hundreds of fabrics.

In fact, if you really think about it, you can own just one bag. Depending on the season dress it up with your own accessories and with several body patterns, changing these only when the season or the fashion changes. Your friends will think you’ve got so many bags. By having only one bag, you transform it into a versatile piece of fashion accessory which can be “tweeked” so that it can pass off as an all-season bag. You can stop worrying about what bag to carry around for the Fall because you’ve got the accessories and the right colors to usher in the blazing colors of this magnificent season!

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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