Handbag Guide


Your style starts with the accessories you wear and the biggest accessory is the purse (also referred as a handbag, satchel or tote). For men, the clothing accessory that makes the outfit can be the wallet, shoes or hat. But in addition to looking your best, each woman needs her purse to be an enhancing addition to her outfit. Here are some basic facts about handbags that will assist you in discovering the purse for your lifestyle and budget.

Reasonably speaking, when finding a good purse there are some basic elements you should be mindful of, but just realize that most of these elements are tied to personal orientation; one of these do not necessarily mean it is better than the other.

Handbag Types

Three primary types of handbags: totes, clutches and satchels.

Satchels are large sized purses that transport everything in your hearts desire. Most have a lot of space for books, a notebook pc, telephone, change of clothes and small accessories. Satchels normally have long straps so you can put them on your shoulder. Satchels are also called Hobos and are great travel bags.

A clutch bag is tiny enough to have in your hand and has just enough space to hold your important essentials that you carry along everyday – it can also be classified as a coin purse, depending on its size. Some clutches are designed with straps, but most have pockets arranged for effectively holding your cell phone, credit cards and change. Clutch purses are great evening and going out on the town type bags.

Totes are are medium sized bags and are what most women carry because of their functionality. They have room for most of your goods plus a few extras. They are not bulky and are the best type of bag to get if you want an everyday bag.

Handbag Materials

The two type of materials used in producing handbags are leather and cloth. Its always good to have one leather and one cloth or fabric bag because one may look better with one outfit than the other. And what you want depends on your preference of style. Just remember that leather handbags more durable, but may need extra care and cost more than fabric handbags. Genuine leather will preserve its original texture and will get softer over time with wear. Top grain leather is from the top layer of a hide, which can be just as good as full grain leather. Suede is a lower quality of leather, mainly because it is treated, that is why it has a rough texture compared to genuine leather or top grain. No matter if it is ‘genuine leather’, top grain or - - suede- - these styles are still some of the best to consider - it is a matter of ‘taste’ when choosing your style. The bag pictured has leather trim accents and made of fabric - Coach Signature Stripe. There are a combination of styles.

Functionality of Handbags

When it comes to a handbags function, it is all about how you intend to use it. Now days most handbags have a cell phone pouch, although you may not have that feature in a clutch style handbag. If you do not have a wallet, consider choosing a handbag that has dividers and dividers for your notepad, credit cards, pictures and other essentials like a calculator. Another feature to consider is the length of the straps and handles. There are adjustable and detachable straps or handles - if you live in a cold climate, this is something to consider because once you put a coat on, you will need a longer strap to make up for the bulk of the coat.

What to know about a Designer Handbag
If you want the latest trendy styles, then you might want to consider the brand or designer name of handbag. Although you definitely pay more for some brands than others, but depending on the style, you may have a longer lasting impression. Designer handbags are considered are made by world renowned clothing designers. Some design just clothes, some design specific niches, like shoes or just handbags. They are not just trendsetting styles, but most are handmade from quality materials. Because of their popularity, there are many inspired replica handbags. Ensure it comes with a record of authenticity so that you know it is the real deal. Handbags such as Dooney Bourke and Coach come with serial numbers imprinted on them. These handbags when purchased from their respective stores come with a dust bag and optional gift bags.
Care of the Handbag
Ensuring that your handbag last a long time depends a lot on the care and maintenance. Most handbags can be cleaned with a wet cloth. But, If your cleaning a leather bag, use leather cleaner from the appropriate brand of handbag. If you are unsure on how to clean your handbag, some handbag manufacturers have recommended cleaning solutions and products - you should use those only as designated. They most always guarantee that the handbag will not tarnish or fade when using their cleaners. If you decide to take your handbag to the cleaners, make sure they will guarantee that it will not get damaged or discolored. If it is under a warranty and it is cleaned at a dry cleaners, the designer may not replace it for you. A well cared for handbag will last a life time and become a vintage collectors item which are highly sought after.
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