Wednesday, 25 June 2014

It's in the bag

Essential is the word that comes to mind when one mentions a handbag to a woman. Be it a fringed-satchel, bucket bag or an embellished clutch, handbags are essential. The relationship between a woman and her love for handbags is a very hard one to describe, and it’s only one we women understand.  

Whether the bag is practical or an impractical hot mess, we love ourselves some arm candy.  We carry our most glamorous clutches to cocktail parties, our hippest backpacks to Coachella and our chicest Birkins to lunch with the girls. The decision to not carry a handbag is one rarely taken, even after nearly an hour’s deliberation.  Usually it turns out that we didn’t really need to carry a handbag after all, but it is that there is more to the handbag than just carrying one. A handbag – it’s about status, it’s about content and it screams desirability. 

Women, like magicians, never dare to reveal their secrets. Just as a woman wouldn’t reveal her age, don’t expect her to reveal her bag’s contents. Ever notice that uneasy look women receive on their faces when someone glances at their handbag?  Or the uncontrollable anxiety when something rolls out of it?  Women tend to feel somewhat exposed, as if your dirtiest laundry has been put on display and there’s nothing you can do about it.  The handbag of a woman usually consists of the same type of items, but with a unique touch. A handbag is something personal, and causes women to cling on to it for life or death.

The handbag has become more than just an easy way to avoid bulging pockets; it’s become a statement piece, a representation of its owner. You can very easily understand a woman by looking at the contents and style of her bag. Here’s an easy example: if you see a woman dressed in highly corporate attire sporting black snakeskin leather Herm├Ęs Birkin bag, it is most likely that they’ve got a strict no-nonsense policy with an assistant who is absolutely terrified of them…

This may seem stereotypical, but fashion talks. And that’s just based on the type of bag; now imagine what you could find out if you had a peek at the contents of the bag.  Imagine if you had to work for a company with a dress code, your handbag would be the only thing you had to express your individuality and a sense of who you were. Sharing the contents of your handbag is almost like undergoing a personality test; it reveals deep information about you.

Handbags also carry status. Be it your social status or the status of the bag itself. Most teenage and pre-adults yearn after that statement, black Chanel clutch. Yes, that one you may have dreamt of before. All the big bloggers seem to own one.

Some may even go as far as to say that your handbag can tell people exactly just how high (or low) your pay check at the end of the month is.  This statement of course, is debateable.  

There’s also a certain desirability that comes with owning a certain handbag. Women like the idea of having something that every other woman is yearning for, especially that girl they hated so much back in junior school. There’s a certain aura and grace that comes with having the ‘It’ bag of the season. You feel so happy you could host a party on cloud 9. 

A lot of people seem to underestimate the importance of buying or choosing a handbag. Many (especially chauvinistic men) don’t seem to understand what the fuss is about when it comes to handbags. But we definitely believe you could judge a lady by her bag and its contents. Like Izaac Mizrahl said, your handbag is the most emotional purchase you make.

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