The right bag can be the perfect finishing touch for an outfit, while the wrong one can ruin the whole ensemble. Whether you have only a few handbags or you have a large collection, you'll want to remember these do's and don'ts each time you're deciding which one to carry.
Do: Take advantage of the utilitarian design of tote bags and shoppers and use one when you're wearing casual clothing, like jeans and a sweater.
Don't: Use a tote bag when you're wearing a super formal wear, even if it's a designer handbag.
Do: Choose a tote bag that can be taken to the office by selecting one in a neutral colour, possibly out of leather, so it won't take away from your professional look.
Do: Look for satchels with fun details like leather trim or fancy buckles on the exterior pockets.
Don't: Leave the detachable shoulder strap attached, if your satchel comes with one, when you plan to use the short handles; store it in a drawer for days when you want to change the look.
Do: Choose brightly coloured satchels in the spring and summer.
Do: Let your shoulder bag be a pop of colour when you're wearing a neutral outfit. Try one in red, hot pink or electric blue
Don't: Wear your formal attire with a shoulder bag unless it has a very delicate strap, like a chain; otherwise, the shoulder strap will interfere with the beauty of your eveningwear.
Do: Adjust the strap so your shoulder bag doesn't hang any lower than your hips.
Evening Bag and Clutch:
Do: Get dressed to the nines and take advantage of the style of evening bags.
Don't: Try to cram too much into your evening bag. Only bring along the essentials; cell phone, mints, a credit card, lipstick and cab fare.
Do: Let a fun evening bag, clutch or wristlet take center stage when you're wearing a little black dress. Look for rhinestones, animal print or sequins.