30 Aug Ultimate Guide: How to Curate Your Purse Collection
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Did you know the original handbag was actually called a pocket? At the time, pockets were entirely separate garments that women stored inside of their baggie skirts. Now, times are different and you must know how to curate your purse collection.
Eventually, as fashion evolved and clothing became tighter, that changed and pockets were transformed into the handbags we know today.
For more information on the history of the handbag, see this article from the Women’s Museum of California. Purses have always been an essential part of a woman’s outfit.
Not only are they extremely useful for carrying you belongings, but they can be a fashion statement too.
As an elegant young professionals, you need to know how to curate your purse collection. Keep reading to find out how to start it off the right way.
The key to curate your purse collection.
The key is to start by buying neutral colored handbags. They will be the base of your collection and will bring you inspiration when you’re ready to expand and to purchase more daring bags.
Neutral colors include mostly black, grey, beige, white and khaki. These are timeless colors that will never go out of style.
Additionally, they offer much more versatility and flexibility when it comes to matching your purse to your outfit.
These are also the types of handbags you want to invest in, as you will be keeping them for at least 10 years and getting value for money over time.
If you’re wondering how to style your outfit with neutrals, check out this guide by Be.Daze.Live. Here are necessary handbags to start off your collection as an elegant young professional.
# 1 The Tote
The tote is good for any day time event or activity you may have. Tote bags are great for school too or even for bringing your essentials to work.
They’re large enough to fit anything you may need, but still small enough to sit nicely on your shoulder. They really aren’t overly bulky, quite stylish and easy to grad when you’re walking out the door.
The point of these bags is really to be able to carry more things with you during the day, without feeling like you have luggage on your shoulder.
# 2 The Crossbody
They’re cute, compact, easy to carry and versatile! You can wear the crossbody during the day because you can fit a decent amount of things in it, but also during the evening because it’s compact enough to carry around with you.
You can also find larger crossbody bags that you could exclusively dedicate to day time events.
# 3 The Clutch
This is essential for any night time occasions. Dinners, weddings, parties, you name it!
Every girl needs at least one clutch in her collection (I recommend a black one). They are simple and compact, but are spacious enough to carry at least your essentials.
Not to mention, a clutch truly compliments perfectly any evening-time outfit.
# 4 The Wristlet
An even better version of a clutch is a wristlet. If you’re going out to party with friends and you really don’t want to carry anything with you, just grab your wristlet and only bring your necessary cards the evening.
The down side of a wristlet, is you can only fit your cards. Keys, phone and maybe chapstick will have to be stored elsewhere.
The up side however, is they are extremely easy to carry.
The last thing you want to do in a club is carry a purse while you’re dancing. You’ll just end up hitting everyone and you won’t know where to store it.
Having a wristlet in your collection will definitely come in handy for nights where carrying a bag is impractical. This is essential to curate your purse collection.
# 5 The Faux Leather Backpack.
This one is great for any excursions or activities you may have during the day. It will also come in handy if you just don’t feel like carrying a bag around on one shoulder.
If you often need your hands to be free, then a backpack is definitely the way to go.
Many stores are currently selling super cute, faux leather ones, so capitalize on that and elevate your bag collection.
Not to mention, they are also great for school, as you can easily fit a note book, pens and your other school essentials.
When/How to expand the collection.
Now that you’ve purchased all your basic handbags in neutral colors, you have room to play by getting yourself trendy pieces for your collection.
Remember though, trendy purses aren’t the ones you want to spend a large amount of money on. They are pretty much seasonal and aren’t worth the splurge if you’re not planning on wearing them for at least 10 years.
If you want more information on how to define timeless fashion, here’s an article by Not Just a Label.
Fast-fashion stores are GREAT for inexpensive, trendy handbags to play up your wardrobe.
This is also the type of bag where neutral colors and practicality are tossed out the window. Get yourself fun handbags you fall in love with and that you feel could pair nicely with some of your outfits as a fashion statement.
How to take care of your bags.
What I like doing personally is storing them in a cloth bag and to keep them off the concrete floor. It prevents any potential scuffing and it prolongs their life.
Furthermore, if you own a leather bag, then buying a leather protectant can also help prolong your purse’s life.
Need more advice on taking care of your leather bags?
Check out this article by Stitch Fix. Regarding the bag’s zipper, it is easily replaceable if you were to damage it.
You need to know how to curate your purse collection well! Handbags are a key accessory you cannot get by without.
Not only do they tie together a beautiful look, but they are essential for carrying your “life” with you!
Curating your purse collection truly begins with knowing which colors to choose, which handbags to purchase, as well as where to shop.
Comment below which handbag you will be getting next for your collection?
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