Handbags have been the fashion accessory of choice for celebutantes and fashionistas for years now. But only recently did they become a must-have item for suburban moms. In this article, we will take you through the surprisingly complex process of purchasing a handbag.
Where to Start?
Unlike super-rich celebrities, most women must make do with just one handbag, which means that they must choose wisely. It also means that they cannot possibility coordinate bags to match their wardrobe. Instead, they must select a bag that goes well with most of their favorite clothes. A leather bag in a neutral color is the safest and most versatile choice.
But before you can select a handbag, you must first know what you are using it for. What is its purpose? The three most popular types of handbags at present are carry-alls, office handbags and evening handbags. As you may have guessed, each of them has a different purpose and is generally used at a different time of day.
The carry-all is the largest of the handbags with more pockets than a pool hall. It can be used to store everything you need for work, travel or play. The office handbag, on the other hand, is much slimmer and has a sleeker, more professional design to complement your work clothes. Last but not least, the evening handbag is often the smallest offering. The most popular types include clutch purses, clamshells and evening bag. They are designed to hold only the bare out-on-the-town essentials, like lipstick, keys and a cell phone.
As a general rule, the shape of the bag you choose shouldn’t match your figure. For example, if you are tall and thin, it is best to find a bigger bag. But if you are short and fat, a smaller bag may work out. Never be apprehensive about trying out a handbag in the store. Everybody does it! In the end, the most important thing is to find a bag that you are comfortable with.
Do Some Research
Most of the top designers have their own websites where you can go to get a look at their entire product lines. Of course, you won’t know which handbag you want until you are wearing it. But pictures and descriptions should help you narrow your search a bit. It will also let you know if the product is within your price range.
Quick tip: Most designers have specialty outlet stores where authentic handbags can be purchased for fifty to seventy percent off. The only problem is that most of these outlets are situated in remote locations and it can take hours to get to them. If you do decide to make the trek to an outlet store, be sure to call ahead to see if they have the item you are looking for. Inventories in these stores are often quite limited.
The more popular the bag, the more you should expect to pay. In fact, the only reason outlet stores sell designer handbags at affordable prices is that they are last year’s models, which in the world of the fashionista translates to “hopelessly-out-of-date.” So, if you are one of the hip moms who absolutely must have the trendiest and hottest handbag on the market, be prepared to pay. A new “it” bag can cost thousands of dollars and will be all but impossible to find.
How to Spot a Fake
Due to their price and popularity, designer handbags are the item of choice for counterfeiters the world over. According to the International Chamber of Commerce, anywhere from five to ten percent of all designer goods are fakes. As you might expect, the bigger the name, the more of a chance there is the item is an imitation.
What should you look for? There are number of simple rules consumers can and should follow in order to ensure that they are getting what they’re paying for. The first thing you should do is examine the logo. Because it is illegal to counterfeit a name-brand item, most knockoffs are nothing more than cheap imitations. They will look, smell and maybe even feel like the original, but they will not have the logo. Reproducing a trademarked logo is a crime. So, if a handbag doesn’t have a brand-name logo, then it isn’t the real thing.
Just in case you suspect us being of being handbag snobs, we will explain why it is important to make certain that your handbag is not a fake. In short, knockoffs are cheap. They are made with inferior materials by people who do not have much experience. And that is another sure way you can tell the real McCoy from a fake. That is, if a handbag looks cheap, if the stitching is loose or uneven, it is not the real thing. Top handbag designers have quality control teams that would never let a shoddy product leave their facility.
The most important thing to consider when finding that perfect handbag is how satisfied you are. Take these tips into consideration and find yours today.
Source by Christie Johnson