Basic bags: how to choose?
If you have at least one bag that you carry “to a feast, to the world, and to good people,” then you already know what the basic models of bags are. But one bag is definitely not enough.
What should be the basic set of bags? Let’s try to figure it out.
To begin with, it is worth determining what a basic bag is.
So, if the bag:
- neutral colors (black, brown, dark blue, beige, gray, etc.);
- does not have flashy pretentious accessories and decor;
- appropriate in any style;
- goes well with the absolute majority of things in your wardrobe;
- does not lose its relevance for a long time – this is the basic model.
The most popular models of women’s basic bags include the following:
Roomy soft rectangular bag of rather large size with 2 handles. Ideal shopping companion. One of the most common types of shoppers is the Tote bag.
This is also an unstructured soft and volumetric model. Unlike a shopper, the hobo has only one handle and a rounded silhouette.
3. Structural bags
This is a whole group of models that can be rectangular, square or semicircular. They all have one thing in common – thanks to the rigid frame, they keep their shape perfectly. The size of such a bag can be any, the number of handles is 1 or 2.
Small everyday bag, soft or rigid, with a mandatory long strap that can be worn over the shoulder or over the shoulder so that the strap crosses the body diagonally. The recently popular Saddle bag and Messenger bag belong to the cross-body bags.
Favorite model of young girls, but not only for them. In the basic version, the backpack is medium in size and has a smooth texture.
A small bag that is carried in the hand or under the arm. Can be soft or structured. Evening options are small, daytime options are medium. Day clutches include an envelope bag and a folder bag.
When choosing basic bags, several factors should be considered at once.
It is clear that the basic set of bags for a student, a young mother and a business woman will be different. Therefore, first you need to clearly define what you need a bag: what size it should be, what should fit in it, should it have a clasp, internal dividers and pockets – all these nuances should be thought out in advance. In addition, for many business women, a “work” bag should be a status item – this will also need to be taken into account. And if you often go on business trips or travel, and are used to getting by with more than one bag, you will need a model that can be packed into luggage without compromising its appearance.
So, to summarize, the basic minimum should include bags:
- for work;
- for business meetings outside the office;
- for walking and shopping;
- travel bag;
- evening bag;
- bag or backpack for sports.
2. Height and body type
To make the bag proportional to your height, you can determine its approximate size in advance. To do this, divide the height by 4 and subtract another 5-10 cm from the result obtained. This will be the maximum size of your bag.
As for the figure, the bag model plays a role here. So, Crossbody, which is worn on the thigh, naturally emphasize this part of the body. Therefore, they are contraindicated for those women whose hips are not the area to which one would like to draw special attention.
Loved by many “large” shoppers will not suit girls of small stature, as well as those with large breasts and broad shoulders.
Tall and large ladies should avoid small handbags, while small donuts will have to put aside a soft bucket bag.
Basic bag colors are usually a neutral palette plus shades of your basic wardrobe.
Everyone will have their own basic shades – depending on your color preferences, but when choosing neutral colors, it is advisable to choose at least one dark color and one light one. At the same time, stylists warn against black and white – these colors are quite demanding, and it will be more difficult to fit them into images than, for example, beige, nude, taupe, dark blue, dark green or gray.
If the budget allows, separate sets of basic bags can be assembled for the warm and cold seasons, if not, it is worth staying at universal colors that “work” at any time of the year (for example, shades of gray and brown).
Style is an individual concept. Of course, the bag should fit into the overall style of your wardrobe. But this does not mean that there are no exceptions to this rule. Contrasts have always made the image more interesting and original. So do not deny yourself the pleasure of experimenting.
The basic bag should be of good quality. Take this as an axiom, and do not save – in the end you will only benefit, because a good quality bag will serve you for more than one season – and this is one of the most important conditions for the basic model (unlike hot trendy models that “live” 1-2 seasons).