The handbag, a key accessory in your ensemble, can lift your look by a few notches. Accessories designer Malini Agarwalla and fashion designer Junelia Aguiar share ideas to update your bag closet in sync with your personal style.
*A purse or pouch is a handled medium-tolarge bag, fashionably designed, and typically used by women to hold personal items.
*A clutch is a strapless purse carried in the hand.
The purse can be that transformation piece if there’s a party you need to rush to after work. A classic, black purse with gold accents is ideal for evening-wear. A quilted bag in leather or suede is a good option.
*Also called a courier bag, this bag is usually carried over the shoulder with the strap winding around the chest, resting the bag on the lower back.
Messenger bags are ideal when you’re on the go. Classic colours like black, tan or beige complement any kind of western ensemble.
*A tote is typically a large and usually unfastened bag, having parallel handles emerging from the sides.
If you have to carry a laptop or a tablet, this handbag is most convenient. Also, the shape of the bag makes it a classic. Your tote can be carried with any outfit—from a sari to a kneelength skirt/trouser and top. Stick to tan or brown closed-toe shoes if you want a strictly formal look.
*A satchel comes with a long shoulder strap and typically closed by a flap.
The dome satchel is a great buy because it looks compact. Wear it with a pantsuit or skirt-suit and heeled pumps. Ecru, ivory and black are good colour options to consider.
Keep in Mind
Comfort and utility are the key factors to consider when picking up a work bag. Comfortable shoulder straps, sling options, light and durable materials are just some of the elements to look out for. It’s also advisable to own a bag in waterproof fabric for the monsoon season.
Maintaining Your Bag
How you store your bag is as important as how you carry it. Store them in muslin bags and keep them in cool, dry places to prevent damage to the metal and other elements.
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