Handbags Large and Small
I was recently perusing the handbags at a TJ Maxx (the best selection I had seen ever!) and I came across this gorgeous colored handbag. The question I have to ask: do I love the color enough to risk the disproportion??
I will never forget the day I first realized that proportion is everything. I had just gotten a call from my boss that he was sick and wouldn't be coming in. Five minutes later, his girlfriend walked into the office. I had no idea who she was at the time, and so I politely asked if I could help her with something. She said she was just dropping off some cold medicine for Mike (the boss - this is when I realized who she was.) I inwardly freaked out - what was I suppose to do in this situation? Why hadn't my boss told his girlfriend he wasn't going to be in the office? Was I suppose to be covering for him?? I told her he hadn't arrived yet and that I would give the package to him. She insisted on leaving it in his office......
That was when I saw her backside. And her little itsy-bitsy backpack. I couldn't stop staring. That little backpack made her backside look HUGE. I mean, she was definitely packing a honky-tonk-bedonka-donk (that isn't a bad thing, by the way) but that backpack was about ¼ the size of her.....everything. It was so unflattering and looked a bit cartoonish.
What did I learn from this? Tiny backpacks never look right, unless you are a doll.....or Dora the Explorer. Backpacks will either enhance your backside, or make it worse. Don't like your backside? Don't wear a backpack. Not to sound snotty, but backpacks were designed for lugging school books or hiking/camping gear, that's it. There are a million options out there, you don't ever need to wear a backpack.
That being said, clutches are awesome - but not with your big bulky winter coat and snow boots. Clutches were meant to be an accessory, something to add a pop of chic to an evening gown or to be so diminutive that it's the handbag that isn't really there.
|Seriously, how great is this clutch?!?|
Choosing any other type of handbag depends largely on how you plan to carry it. Are you an on-the-shoulder carrier? Slimmer (chains are so in right now by the way) handles with slightly smaller than a medium size handbag don't add bulk to your biceps (and that's a good thing.) Are you a crook-of-the elbow carrier? Nearly any type bag works, except for this one (a Hobo.) Are you strictly a hand-held carrier? Thicker handles and bucket styles are perfect for you!
p.s. Looking for a cute clutch? Maybe a dress or skirt to wear with it? I've got three fabulous giveaways going live tonight.........in fact, there are over 100 fabulous giveaways going live tonight. Browse the lookbook below for more details: