Use, style important factors in making purchase
Think about the time of year and the handbag’s main use, said Kathy Cronin, vice president and merchandise manager for dressbarn.
"Vinyl or synthetic materials hold up well for everyday use and are easily wiped clean. Leather bags are also a great investment, just be advised that the care of these bags may be a little more involved,” she said.
"Also, women need to be aware of how they plan to tote their bags. If planning to carry heavier items, a bag with longer, more sturdy handles may be best to balance the weight and so it doesn’t slip off your shoulder. If holding lighter items, you may prefer a handheld bag.”
Here are some tips for choosing the best handbag for your body type:
• Select a bag shape that is in contrast to your body type. In general, the rounder your figure, the more structured your bag should be. Voluptuous or curvy women may find it best to choose a rectangular, longer-shaped bag. A taller, slimmer figure would benefit from a slouchy, rounded bag.
• While the shape should oppose your body type for utmost flattery, the size of the bag should be in proportion to your figure. A woman who is 6 feet tall and a size 14 would look lost with a small hand-held bag.