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Bag accolades

Handbags make a haute statement. But are you sure the one you are carrying is right for you?

Bags can compliment your personality

OFF TO college. In office. Getting ready for a party? Shopping? Buying veggies? Whatever you do, it's the handbag that is your style check for the occasion. Today, handbags and purses are pulsating with pizzazz. From being `just a bag' to lug your essentials, handbags have evolved into becoming a style statement for every woman.

Women now purchase bags in the way they once did dressy outfits. They go all out and develop a bag wardrobe for all occasions! So from designer to funky, you can find the perfect handbag if you know how to choose the one to suit your style, figure and, of course, your pocket.

Latest styles

You'll find sporty versions for the day and glitzy, metallic versions for the evening. From beaded to adorable prints, bags in distinct shapes and fun colours are a craze with the young crowd. Popular with college-goers, the `jhola' (long and large shoulder bag with long straps often worn across the body), is funkier than ever before. From jute to fabric, embellished with beads, mirrors, traditional embroidery for a rustic look, bags have made a comeback on the fashion scene. On the other hand, handbags and purses made out of textured leather never go out of fashion. Off to a party? Choose from the variety of stylish clutch (pouch) and hobo bags that are just enough to fit in all the essentials.

Party bags

The beaded and embroidered `batwa' — a tiny wristlet bag, is a great party bag. Crafted in silk, canvas and even suede, it has an attached wrist loop, that makes it convenient to carry. Those with funkier taste can choose from bags embellished with butterflies, decorative brooches and chunky, short, shoulder chains.

Bag and body shape

Most of us neglect the fact that a handbag could flatter your body shape almost as much as the right pair of jeans or that gorgeous chiffon sari. If a handbag is appealing and fits your lifestyle then it works. Trendily shaped bags tempt most of us but they may not suit our figures. Choose a bag in proportion to your figure and it will help in visually knocking off a few pounds! Select a shape that is opposite to your body type.

As a general guideline, the rounder your figure, the more structured your bag should be. A rectangular or square shaped bag will give you a slim look. For the tall and thin woman, a rounded and slouchy bag will compliment her figure. If you're short and voluptuous, go in for a narrow handbag. Close-fitting bags look great if you're svelte. You'll find the right sizes and shapes to suit your body type at almost all designer and bag stores. A good buy ranges anywhere between Rs. 200 and Rs. 500. Smaller roadside shops also offer imitations of designer ones and at affordable prices.

So, the next time whether you are off to a party, work or college, make sure you've picked the right bag.


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