Sunday, February 08, 2009
Scale Your Satchel
In case you haven't heard, the bag of the moment is the satchel. This is great news for moms because they're large and roomy, giving us room to carry all that we need for ourselves and our kids. Typically, satchels are big, slouchy bags that have a relaxed, "I'm a world traveler" kind of appeal. They can be found in all price ranges and in materials ranging from leather to canvas, and many more.
The size is what's really notable about satchels - but also where many women can easily go wrong and become overwhelmed by too much handbag. With satchels coming in as many shapes and sizes as you can imagine, you can surely find one to suit you whether you're shopping at Target or Bergdorf Goodman. Here's what to look for:
1/ If you're of a petite/small stature, you'll want to make sure your bag doesn't overpower you. Look for smaller versions of satchels that are in proportion to you. You want to wear the satchel, not vice versa. A huge bag will only make you look smaller than you are. Keep the details in proportion too.
2/ If you are of medium height/build, go for a mid-sized satchel. This will best flatter your proportions and enhance your size.
3/ For you taller/larger women out there, go ahead and rock the biggest satchel you can find. You need it to balance out your size and scale. If you opt for a smaller bag, it will only make you look bigger (funny how it works both ways!). A big bag with lots of big hardware works well for you.
Now let's talk about color and texture. Your handbag is a great place to sport one of the hottest colors of the season. Choose a vibrant yellow or coral if you really want eye-popping, on-trend hue. Choose a navy if you want a classic neutral or another shade of blue to indulge your inner fashionista. Choose a pale neutral or a muted metallic if you need something versatile. Remember to match your bag to your personal coloring and find the best shade for you.
This season textures abound. You'll find basketweaves, snakeskin, crackled finishes and shiny patent. Choose one that works for you and expresses your personal style. Your bag makes a statement about who you are and is a great place to put your personal stamp on your look.
*The satchel shown is the Stitched Patent Tote from Charlotte Russe, $19.99.