It’s curious, what people find interesting.
Some people collect football programmes, other coins, still fewer collect stamps.
I personally cannot see the appeal in collecting any of these inanimate objects. On the other hand, I do like to keep mementos of special occasions – invites, cards and flowers from events I have been to. The very act of collecting one set thing does seem alien to me, however.
Having said this, I have a confession to make. I am addicted to handbags. For some women it’s shoes, for some it’s dresses, but for me it is handbags all the way.
I have a cupboard full of them, in every colour under the sun and in every size imaginable.
I think it’s the variety of handbags on offer that gets me. Every season, there are new styles, colours, and looks to choose from. This autumn, for example, I am in love with the deep reds and purples on offer, and there are a number of leather bags in this colour that I think would make any outfit look glamorous. You don’t have to spend a fortune though. Cheap handbags make the perfect accompaniment to an evening outfit without you having to spend too much.
Of course, there are always new takes on the classic black leather shoulder handbag.
I usually choose black handbags which have some decoration on them, like buckles or chains. It’s good to look a bit edgy, after all. This season I might team up a leather bag with some buckles, and a leather skirt with a tartan patterned top.
Tartan is a really fun trend, and lends itself perfectly to my handbag addiction!
Another reason for my handbag obsession is that they give you so much space. I usually carry my purse, countless lip balms, tissues and hairbrushes around with me. To avoid looking like Postman Pat, a decent-sized handbag is essential. A long strap is handy too, so that I can carry the bag over my shoulder. Chain straps are a big hit at the moment and they look great.
One point to note is to consider the colour of your handbag before you head out. Yes, it’s not 1955, but there is still some merit in having matching colour handbags, shoes and coat. I think you can make an ordinary outer wear outfit look ten times better if you ensure all of these components are matching. If not, then at least try to opt for shoes, bags and coats that are in complimentary colours.
Whatever you need them for, and whatever your style is, you will always be able to find a handbag that suits you. This is why I love them, and prefer them to other types of bags. Who knows, perhaps one day I will start collecting what other people collect – LPs, rare books, types of bottle tops.
On second thoughts, I think maybe I’ll move on to shoes!