Who needs an excuse to go shopping?

A little while ago I wrote about what makes a fantastically functional wardrobe (Back to Basics) and now I want to give you another reason to go shopping!

Handbags, purses, carry-alls…call them whatever you want, it’s all the same to me…LOVE. A girl can never have too many shoes…or purses! I flipped through a few fashion/style books I have (another addiction..we’ll talk about that later!) and came up with a short list of what you need to have a functional (and FUN!) stash of purses.

1- Day bag…this will usually be for work (should go with suits/dresses) and  is a combo of fashion & function.You will use this one the most, so make sure it’s well made and of durable material (leather!)…get them in neutral shades and what works for summer won’t for winter…so you may need a couple of different styles.

2- Evening bag…these have 2 catagories…classic go-with-everything or the fun little bags you breakout to make a statement. Only has to be big enough to hold your nighttime essentials.

3-Oversized tote…for work and travel, should be large enough for papers and personal items and be able to go through airport security.

4-Weekend bag…this is for fun and is where you can REALLY show your style, go for broke here…sparkles, colored leather, fur…go for it…You deserve it!

Other tips when shopping are…

– How does it look? Is it in proportion to your body…a purse should work with your figure, not against it.

– How does it feel? Is it light enough (including your usual things)? Does it fit comfortably on your shoulder or under your arm? Does it fit with your winter coat?!?! (Totally have forgotten to test this in the past….so sad!)

– Will it stay organized? Are there enough pockets for your belongings or should you include zippered pouches to keep things organized…And make sure it stays securely closed…how strong is the zipper/magnet/snap?

– Does it fit into your life? Is it durable to withstand sticky spills from kid’s snacks or strong enough for all your work related belongings….

So there you go…a few great excuses to go shopping…sorry husbands!

6 responses to “Who needs an excuse to go shopping?”

  1. Such great advice! And I also love that we seem to have the same taste in purses – both the weekend bag and the turquoise American West bag are sitting in my files for the Dress Code series.

    1. That’s great!! Can’t wait to see you use them…if we love them, everyone else will too!!

  2. As if I needed a reason to go shopping! I’m with you, you can never and I do mean NEVER have enough handbags or shoes! 🙂 I noticed that hair on hide purse on another post you did and just fell in love with it. Thanks for sharing it again. Great conversation starter purse too I’ll bet.

    1. Yes…that purse was actually the reason why Jenn and I starting Mink & Manure…I couldn’t go anywhere without someone stopping me to ask about it!

  3. Oh wear did you find that black cowhide black? Beautiful, and exactly what I have been looking for.


    1. Hi Crystal…if you are talking about the white/black hide tote..it’s from a FANTASTIC ebay seller Kublair…LOVE their stuff!!! And usually really cheap too…I have a purse of theirs and it is really well made and I think I paid $8.00 ebay price then shipping…have fun shopping!

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