How to Choose a Purse

Laura Tolentino

Locating the ideal purse is key to keeping your outfits looking professional. Your ideal bag should complement both seasonal hues and most of your clothing options.

Purses that feature stunning hues may appear simple in design; that way the hue itself becomes the star. But adding design elements can transform even an ordinary black handbag into an eye-catching piece and conversation starter.


Size matters when selecting a purse – make sure it can hold all of your daily essentials while leaving space for unexpected purchases or items you might need on an occasional basis. Furthermore, selecting one proportionate to your body shape is ideal; for instance if you are petite woman opt for clutch or crossbody purse which will better compliment your frame than large satchel-style bags that could overwhelm it.

Utilizing either a tape measure or ruler, it is easy to accurately assess the interior length, width and height of any handbag. Simply place it on a flat surface and observe from all angles; measurements must be accurate in terms of length as measured from one inside hem of one base side to its opposite hem and width measured from either the side or base side using measuring tape or ruler.

Before shopping for a purse, it’s advisable to write out an inventory of what items you require on an everyday or weekly basis, and their associated space needs. Once done, compare interior dimensions of various handbags based on these lists; choosing one with ideal dimensions will not only keep your organized, but will ensure it doesn’t end up collecting dust in your closet!


When selecting a purse, its color should be of primary consideration. A purse in an equivalent shade to your outfit would look best; similarly a neutral-toned bag works with most wardrobe pieces.

When selecting a purse, one should keep its durability in mind. You don’t want a bag that quickly gets dirty or fades from daily wear and tear. If budget constraints prevent this option, consider getting something that looks nice without breaking the bank.

Black handbags are one of the most versatile choices available, matching nearly every outfit and can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion. Another popular color choice for handbags is white; this hue complements many different hues and can be worn at any time during the day. Brown is another versatile choice which works well with many clothing colors.

ivory, taupe and beige are also great handbag colors to consider when selecting your perfect accessory. As neutral hues, they work with both warm and cool hues – or can even provide a striking contrast against black clothing!

If you want a bag that will add color and personality to your look, try selecting one with vibrant or pastel shades. Such bags will bring life and excitement to any ensemble and depending on your personal style can even feature eye-catching patterns or neon shades!

When selecting a purse, always take into account its color and occasion. For instance, when attending formal events you should choose more sophisticated bags than casual ones. Also ensure it fits comfortably within its surroundings, being easy for carrying. If unsure which bag will best meet these criteria seek advice from fashion professionals or stylists.


As you shop for the ideal purse, remember that its colors should enhance rather than compete with your look. While matching handbag colors to those found in your outfit can create an appealing coordinated look, taking caution not to overdo it is key if wearing vibrant dresses; opt for one or two that share similar shades so your ensemble remains cohesive.

Purses come in an assortment of styles to meet every individual need and preference. When wearing an ensemble with flowy or textural details such as fabric or silk material, for instance, pair it with an accessory made out of similar details (woven straw accents on leather? ) in your purse to complete your ensemble.

Look for bags with unique closures or shapes that draw the eye and spark conversations, or go minimalist by selecting sleek and simple bags.

Consider your body type when selecting the purse size you desire. If you have a short frame, for instance, selecting a crossbody bag which sits closer to your waist may be ideal; conversely if you possess long and lean proportions then perhaps choosing an overly wide shoulder bag could be more suited to you.

As part of your purse design, the number and layout of pockets should also be taken into consideration. If you prefer a more minimal aesthetic, one exterior pocket is enough; otherwise you’ll be forced to repeatedly unzip/zip them when reaching for something within.

For formal attire, when searching for the appropriate purse it is essential to consider both dress length and neckline when shopping. Most purses that can accompany such attire are petite and intricate so that the bag does not detract from your look; usually sequined clutches or fabrics covered by silk can make ideal choices.


Your purse should fit both proportionally with your body and in terms of its overall look. Here, the devil lies in the details; an easy solution may lie in altering or customizing its handle shape, color or length to elevate or detract from an outfit’s overall aesthetic.

So if you’re shopping for a purse that will complement your wardrobe, take the time to look carefully at your seasonal palette and select something that works well with what you already wear in terms of color, whether cool, warm, or neutral tones.

If you tend to carry around a lot of items in your handbag, ensure it has plenty of interior pockets and compartments so you can organize keys, makeup, water bottles and other necessities into separate bags. Also pay attention to its hardware – buckles, snaps, turn locks clasps or bottom studs all play an integral part in its looks and functionality – be it gold plated zinc alloy or simply brass-colored. When selecting one be sure you find a bag that speaks your style!