If you're like most women, you can almost instantly envision what you're going to wear to an event as soon as you're invited. Or, at the very least, you have a rough idea of the look you are trying to achieve. Often, however, this vision doesn't include more practical (but equally pressing) matters of how you are going to carry your essentials. You have visions of yourself in a gorgeous evening gown, but you haven't given any thought to how you are going to functionally and fashionably carry essentials like keys, cash and a few cosmetics. Sure, your cross-body leather tote is great for day-to-day life, but it isn't formal enough for a special occasion.
So what do you need?
Different occasions have different demands, so it follows you'll need different bags . If you've got an event coming up and don't know what bag to bring, read on. Here's your definitive guide to picking the perfect purse.
A Formal Event
Youíre going to a gala, or a wedding or a super dressy party. This is an opportunity to slip into a beautiful dress ó a dress of your dreams, even. The last thing you want is to have to schlep on a big, baggy purse that will ruin your look. Instead, opt for a clutch. This bag option allows you to carry what you absolutely need, and nothing else. Most clutches are only big enough for a few cards, some cash, a couple keys and one or two choice cosmetics (and maybe a cell phone), so you are going to have to embrace your inner minimalist ó but it will be worth it when you donít a bulky bag ruining your look.
Available with or without straps or handles (or with the option to add and remove them as you please), itís up to you whether or not you want hands free style or not.
A Night on the Town
While a formal event could technically be a night on the town, the difference between a formal night out and a casual one is huge. The feel of the evening is different, with more casual nights out often resulting in more spontaneous behaviour. As a result, you donít want to have to worry about clutching a clutch all night, and you will likely need to carry more with you, since you never know what the night will bring.
There are a couple great options for a night on the town with friends or family. First, a backpack. Before you envision the huge, ratty old canvas backpack you used to wear to highschool and cringe, keep in mind that there are lots of styles of backpacks, and the big, cumbersome bags of yesteryear are not your only option. Instead, opt for a smaller, sleeker backpack. Available in a range of materials, ranging from fur to leather to sequin to lace, you can find the perfect pack to complement your look.
Next up: the cross-body handbag. This allows you to keep your belongings close at hand, but since it is a handbag and not a tote, it is more compact and streamline. Still, youíve got more room for your stuff than afforded by a clutch. Throw in your wallet, keys, makeup, cellphone, and thereís still some room left for more.
A Baby or Bridal Shower (or Brunch)
Whether youíre going to a bridal shower or baby shower, a classic handbag never goes amiss. These purses are bigger than a clutch, but smaller than a tote, allowing you to keep your look more contained and polished while still carrying everything you need. Available with straps or handles and in a range of materials, styles and colours, you can easily find a beautiful handbag to suit your style.
A Professional Conference
Bags for work are always a bit of a conundrum. You want to look great and show off your own sense of style, but you also want to keep it profession. One of the best options for any work day or work event is the stylish satchel is always a solid selection, offering you a professional and polished way to carry all your belongings, from the things youíd usually carry in your purse, to your notes, laptop, pens, and more. These satchels are built to keep you organised and looking great in the professional arena.
A Day Exploring
Youíre out and about and need a bag to store your stuff. Itís time to think big. Opt for a sturdy backpack that can carry loads of stuff, like maps, guidebooks, brochures, a camera, food and drink as well as the belongings youíd usually keep in your purse. You can also opt for a tote, which is a big purse with tons of room and many, ingenious little compartments so you can store your stuff and stay organised.
Now you know what bag to bring, so get your goods, toss them in, and go own your occasion!