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Published January 4th 2012
Everyone knows that a girl's handbag is her best accessory and her most important accessory, but with so many to choose from how do you know which one works best. After all there are so many designers to choose from, all of who have created some absolutely beautiful handbags.
So, just one handbag obviously won't do, after all you need an evening bag or clutch, a work bag which needs to be practical yet stylish, a tote bag which needs to be big enough to hold all your essential stuff, and of course the everyday bag which is probably the most important. At the end of the day this is the bag everyone is going to see and it will define who you are as well as being your 'signature'. Now the big problem that all girls will eventually face is what designer are you going to choose?
Evening Bag. Sometimes known as a clutch bag this little bag is usually only big enough to hold the essentials. Ideally you are looking for a bag that has room for your mobile phone, a bit of money or a credit/EFTPOS card and maybe some make-up. Another feature you want to look for with these bags is a shoulder strap or wrist strap. These straps can be removable but are useful when you are out, so your hands are kept free to hold a drink or plate.
Tote Bag. This bag is generally a bigger bag that allows you to carry stuff like books, gym cloths, paperwork, lunch and other things that you need during your outing. It can be used like any other bag when you go out or go shopping but it has the added attraction of having plenty of room. If you are a mum, they can be your best friend, as they can hold all your kids' stuff too.
Handbag. This is your everyday bag or work bag. These can be medium sized, big enough to hold your important stuff but small enough so as not to get in the way. Your handbag is usually practical and functional yet stylish. It can of course be any colour you choose and really any design, but remember if you choose a funky colour, try to make sure that it does not clash with anything you are wearing.
We expect a lot from our handbags. They get thrown around and abused quite a bit during their lives but they can be one of our most important possessions and we sometimes take for granted. Most girls' handbags hold their lives and without them we would be lost. So we need one that will take everything that we have to throw at them.
Perhaps you would prefer to invest in a designer bag, but there are many to choose from. There are of course the classics like Chanel, Louis Vuitton or Yves St Laurent. While these are absolutely beautiful bags they also cost a fortune. Ranging well into the thousands these bags could probably last you a lifetime but they will be out of fashion within weeks of purchase. You can always buy an imitation designer bag but they are often poor quality and quite frequently do not look like the real thing.
The Birkin bag, designed by Hermes, is handmade in France. These bags are a symbol of wealth and are very exclusive. They are also very expensive ranging from $9,000.00 to $150,000.00 per bag, so they are out of the reach of most people. If by some chance you can afford one of these bags it should last you a life time, and the classic style never goes out of fashion.
Tony Bianco is one of my favourites. These designs come in lots of sizes and are not too expensive, ranging from around $100.00. If you manage to find one on sale you can pay under $50.00 for a designer bag. These bags are good as an everyday bag. They are fairly reliable and considering there are so many designs to choose from, you can always find one to suit your needs.
Guess has some lovely designs in all sorts of sizes. They can be bought for around the $120.00 mark although some are more expensive. Due to the high price of these bags they are generally more suited for special occasions because while they come in a large variety of styles, colours and designs, they are quite costly and most bags only have one compartment, which any girl will tell you, is generally not enough. If you do opt for a Guess bag then you probably will want to get yourself a matching Guess wallet. Like the bags these are available in different styles and colours and range in price from around the $80.00 mark. These wallets work well because they are quite big and have a lot of card space which most girls need.
Kardashian designer bags are fairly new to the market and are already very popular. They are pretty large sized bags and also pretty expensive.
Sisters Paris and Nicky Hilton both have a range of designer bags available.
You can buy most of these designer bags from stores around your area, although the more exclusive designers can only be bought from specialty stores or from their own website. You can buy loads of designer bags online. There is a wide range to choose from and the prices are usually cheaper, but make sure that you know if the bag you want is authentic or a replica.
It's easy to say that some bags are for everyday use and some are for special occasions, but really it's up to you. Yes, some bags are expensive but you can get some real bargains, so why not treat yourself.